EJS Safety Services Ltd perform expert electrical PAT testing in the UK, helping you meet electricity at work regulations and reduce insurance premiums.
UK PAT Testing is a specialised process that goes into detail, ensuring that electrical appliances fully comply with UK Health and Safety at Work directives.
As the owner of a workplace, with recent regulations, it is your duty to ensure that all workplace appliances fit strict health and safety standards with high standard PAT testing equipment.
EJS Safety Services Ltd PAT testing is a speedy, cost-effective and efficient process, granting your business complete peace of mind, ensuring onsite and offsite equipment is safe to use.
A PAT test can also aid in reducing insurance premiums, by acting as a risk assessment aid making it well worth keeping on top of.
EJS Safety Services Ltd takes pride in our excellent customer service, we will set up a reminder service to remind you when you PAT testing is due at least 1 month before.
As a general rule of thumb, PAT testing is conducted, at the very least, every 2 years. However, the recommended frequency could be much more frequently depending on other factors and circumstances such as the location of the equipment, type of equipment and more.
Currently, there is no definitive legal requirement for the process of PAT testing. This said however, the government does have regulations that have been put into place to keep businesses and people safe. The UK Health and Safety Executive and insurance companies will require you to perform PAT tests in commercial settings to comply with various health and safety regulations, these include:
By basic definition, any portable appliance or equipment needs to be tested. Essentially if the equipment uses a flexible wire or cable to connect to a power supply it qualifies as a portable appliance and needs to be checked.
This includes anything from extension leads to a vending machine. Wireless appliances such as cordless drills do not require a portable application test, however, their battery chargers that plug into the wall in order to charge the equipment does.
A PAT test will result in a PAT certificate, this doesn’t have a specific expiration date but instead depends on other factors. Portable equipment within Hotels, Offices, and Shops should have a new test every 24 months. Class 1 equipment which includes IT and stationary equipment should have their certificates renewed every 48 months. .
It is a requirement for all HMO landlords to conduct annual PAT tests on all electrical appliances within the property. Private landlords currently have no obligations to conduct PAT testing within the properties.
Regulations implemented by the Government require electrical appliances to be maintained to a certain degree. If you’re an employee, landlord or self-employed it is your legal obligation to meet these regulations, the most effective way to do this is through PAT testing
PAT testing does not have specific frequency requirements and instead it is recommended based on factors including the location, frequency, and type of equipment. Portable equipment such as extension leads within Offices, Hotels, and Shops should be tested every 24 months.
PAT Test costs are calculated per device and not for the entire testing service. The size of the business, and the amount of equipment that needs testing can alter the price, ultimately the more testing required the cheaper the cost will be per item.
By law, a PAT test must be conducted by a competent person, you may wish to either take a PAT testing course yourself to achieve a PAT testing qualification of sorts, or employ a qualified safety engineer who can do it on your behalf. The IEE Code of Practice defines a competent person as having:
Under the portable appliance testing (PAT) law all employees, landlords and even anyone who is self-employed is required to ensure their portable electrical appliances are safe and suitable for use