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PAT Testing Information

What is PAT testing?
PAT testing is the inspection and testing of portable electrical equipment to ensure they are safe and fit for purpose.

What is a portable appliance?
Any device connected to the mains with a mains plug including extension leads.

What does PAT Testing involve?
PAT Testing involves a visual inspection where we check the appliance, plug and flex for signs of damage such as overheating, burn marks and discolouration. Mains plugs are checked for any sign of damage such as bent pins, cracked casing or visible bare wires. Plugs are then checked internally to ensure the cord grip is holding the cable tightly, the correct value fuse is being used and terminal screws are tight with no stray bare wires.

Safety tests are then conducted including:

1) Insulation Resistance - Indicates if the insulation protecting the conductors is broken.
2) Load Test - Checks the fuse and equipment are operating correctly.
3) Earth Continuity - Checks earth continuity between the metal work of the appliance and the earth pin of the plug.
4) Earth Leakage - Checks how much current is lost to earth while the appliance is operating.

Should I have my appliances tested?
If you own a business where members of the public, employees or customers use portable appliances the simple answer is yes. There are a number of laws and acts which require you to ensure that your electrical equipment is safe to use. In addition to which, an inspection log should be maintained to show that you are complying with current legislation.

What could happen if I don't get my appliances tested?
If someone were injured or killed because of a faulty appliance that you are responsible for, you may find yourself in court, facing criminal charges.

Having your appliances PAT tested would:

a) Significantly reduce the chances of anyone being injured in the first place.
b) Indicate that you had acted with due diligence with respect to electrical safety, if an accident were to happen.

How often should PAT testing be done?
In order to comply with current legislation, PAT testing should be carried out on an annual basis.

For more information regarding current legislation, please refer to the following references:
The Safety At Work Act (1974)
The UK Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1988 / 1992
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

If you would like advice on any aspect of PAT Testing please call us on 07883 097605 - we are here to help.
APD PAT Testing Shrewsbury, Braidway Farm, Upper Battlefield, Shrewsbury, SY4 4AA

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