Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
Portable electrical appliances should be regularly tested. Insurance companies are now insisting on evidence of this. We ensure you are protected.
Among the range of electrical testing services AKD deliver to our clients we can offer Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) for those businesses, landlords, agents, traders and students who need to comply with The Health & Safety Act (1974). Our staff are directly employed fully qualified electricians able to complete PAT tests to the highest standard with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.
AKD can help
- Businesses – A PAT test is an essential part of any businesses Health & Safety Policy. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) requires; All employers in the UK are to ensure that work equipment is both safe and fit for purpose. For this to be achieved a PAT test should be carried out on higher risk equipment.
- Landlords or agents – All landlords who let their property as a business activity are required by law to ensure the electrical installation (EICR) and electrical equipment they supply with the tenancy is safe. The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 requires that all mains electrical equipment including white goods, cookers, toasters, etc. provided in rental accommodation regardless of whether they are new or second hand must be safe. It is strongly advised that the PAT test is conducted BEFORE the start of any new let.
- Students PAT testing– If you are a student living away from home in rented accommodation, you may be required to have your electrical appliances tested in order to allow you to stay at your chosen residence. It is the responsibility of your landlord to ensure that electrical items are safe to use and as such, it is becoming increasingly common for landlords to request proof that your own electrical items are safe prior to their use within their rented property.
- Off-site PAT testing – By popular demand we are able to complete PAT testing at our offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Crewe. This has proven very popular with, students, musicians and local traders. Our offices are open from 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday and we endeavour to always have an engineer onsite. Simply give us a call and let us know when you will be coming and we can produce the certificate on the spot. There is no additional charge for this service.
Tenant/student notice: For insurance purposes while it is highly likely that they may have already tested permanent electrical fixtures within the property you may be required to do the same for your appliances. Your insurance may be invalid in the event of any claim without evidence of a valid PAT test.
Why choose us:
- AKD promise
- We replace faulty plugs and fuses free of charge
- A full report and certificate
- We cover nationally from Edinburgh, Crewe, Glasgow or locally within each area
- Free pass or fail labels for appliances
- Timely reminder when your appliances need retesting
- Formal, visual inspection with a written report
- No hidden charges or extras
- Qualified and competent engineers
- Proven track record having tested thousands of offices and domestic properties
- Free no obligation quotes
Here are some questions and answers about PAT testing:
Q. Is PAT testing compulsory?
A. No. The law simply requires an employer to ensure that their electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent danger. It does not say how this should be done or how often. Employers should take a risk-based approach, considering the type of equipment and what it is being used for. If it is used regularly and moved a lot e.g. a floor cleaner or a kettle, testing (along with visual checks) can be an important part of an effective maintenance regime giving employers confidence that they are doing what is necessary to help them meet their legal duties. **
Q. I’ve been told that, by law, I must have my portable electrical appliances tested every year. Is this correct?
A. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. However, the Regulations do not specify what needs to be done, by whom or how frequently (ie they don’t make inspection or testing of electrical appliances a legal requirement, nor do they make it a legal requirement to undertake this annually).**
Q. How frequently do I need to test my electrical appliances?
A: The frequency of inspection and testing depends upon the type of equipment and the environment it is used in. For example, a power tool used on a construction site should be examined more frequently than a table or bedside lamp in a hotel bedroom. For guidance on suggested frequencies of inspection and testing, have a look at the following HSE documents:
Maintaining portable and transportable electrical equipment **
Maintaining portable electrical equipment in low risk environments **
If you are unsure about the type of equipment and frequency of testing please contact us as AKD are keen to ensure you, your staff and your premises remain safe and to help you comply with legislation.