PAT Testing services Southampton, Portsmouth, Winchester, Hampshire, London and the UK. Excellent rates and same day PAT Test certificate.
What is a PAT Test?
A PAT Test (Portable Appliance Testing) is strongly recommended by the government. The Government stresses the need for PAT testing in the new ‘Fire Safety Risk Assessment -Offices and shops‘ which states among other references to electrics.
Any electrical appliance that is fitted with a 3 pin domestic plug is required to be tested on a regular basis to ensure that it is in a safe working condition.
The best way to ensure equipment safety is to carry out a PAT Test.
It is vital to provide a safe electrical environment for your staff and visitors by including PAT Testing.
Failure to comply can result in prosecution and carries a maximum penalty of £5000 and/or up to 6 months imprisonment.
Committing offences defined by the Health Safety at Works Act 1974 can also result in penalties of up to £20,000. The Crown Court, however, can impose unlimited fines and imprisonment of up to 2 years.
PAT Testing is essential.
What We Check For
The Portable Appliance Test is a VITAL series of checks carried out on the equipment to check safety aspects to meet the required standard. The tests are carried out as follows:
- Visual Inspection: the equipment is checked for signs of any visible damage such as cracked plugs or split cables.
- Earth Continuity: equipment is tested to ensure it has a satisfactory earth connection.
- Insulation: equipment is tested to ensure the insulation of the equipment is satisfactory.
- Leakage: equipment is tested to ensure that the leakage back to earth is minimal.
- Flash Test: this test is no longer carried out.
All testing carried out by Hampshire Pat Testing is in accordance with the IEE Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment and all our engineers have attended and passed the relevant courses for portable appliance testing.
We use Seaward Prime Testers which are suitable for all IT equipment which is CE marked, they only send a 500v Direct Current into IT equipment which cannot harm any Electric Components inside IT equipment or office equipment.
IT equipment can withstand a dielectric strength test of 1500v r.m.s.
Each appliance should be suitably marked to record the examination date or display the date for retesting and the result of the test (pass or fail).
All equipment is labelled once tested, any failed appliances will be repaired where possible.
Minor repairs e.g. plug changes, fuse changes, cable damage repairs are included in the test price.
The current PAT testing law requires that all landlords, employers and even self-employed individuals ensure the safety of their portable electrical appliances and that they are suitable and used for the purposes intended.
Technically anyone can carry out PAT testing. However, they must have the adequate training in how the process is carried out to legally adhere to the regulations.
Recommendations for offices, shops and hotels Class 1 equipment including stationary and IT equipment should be tested every 48 months.
Moveable equipment such as extension leads and portable equipment is recommended to be tested every 24 months.
The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) outlines the procedure for new equipment on their website: “New equipment should be supplied in a safe condition and not require a formal portable appliance inspection or test.
However, a simple visual check is recommended to verify the electrical item is not damaged.
Our PAT testing prices:
- 1-15 items £50.00 plus VAT
- 16-35 £65.00 plus VAT
Above this number please get in touch or call 0800 8048 483 for a quotation.