In London, it is important to do the Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) at regular intervals. This is non-negotiable for all types of properties, residential and commercial as well. With commercial properties and construction sites, it is extremely important. We come across the term Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) a lot. The process is explained in detail to help you understand to be aware of the details.
What is Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)?
PAT is the examination of appliances for checking its health at regular intervals. This is important to ensure that electrical devices are of good health and meet the safety requirements. Observing electrical appliances can detect irregularities of any type. At times, some tests are required to be done to
As per the Electricity at Work Regulations Act 1989, it is important to check the health of all portable electrical equipment once a year. As per the regulation of any electrical appliance that has the possibility to cause injury must remain in a safe state always. The frequency for the inspection and testing of your appliances will depend on the type of equipment you are using, and the type of environment it is being used in. For example, a hairdryer in a hotel room need not be tested as periodically as a powerful tool which is used on a construction site.
Why Portable Appliance Testing?
Apart from the regulatory norms mentioned above, periodic PAT’s are vital to avoid any accidents due to the faulty electrical device. This is important for construction sites and equipment being used there. Electrical installation and construction sites often include the use of portable tools and devices that could cause harm if faulty. You can ensure safety on your work site by employing one of the many tests available at RE-Electricals. The electricians that perform the tests need to acquaint themselves with the various tests involved in the process.
Who Needs PAT Testing?
All types of business large or small scale dealing with the public are required to have their electrical equipment tested. Also included are schools, libraries, clinics, restaurants, bars, hospitals, public office organizations and individual traders like landlords, mobile hairdressers, photographers and so on. All types of industries like schools, colleges, hair salons, office blocks, landlords, workshops, restaurants and many more similar industries need to get these tests done.
Which Appliance need Testing?
Electrical devices that should be checked are
- Equipment that is usually stationary but can be moved around easily.
- Portable appliances like truck mixers.
- Hand-held appliances like power tools, hair dryers, etc. This is a high-risk category.
- Extension leads
- Cables should be checked for any open points.
- RCDs: portable safety switch devices which are compatible should be used.
Which Appliance doesn’t need Testing?
- Not every device needs to PAT Tested, below is the list of devices which you can easily exclude from the tests.
- Electric guitars
- Low-voltage keyboards (except those whose power supplies connect to the mains at one end)
- Micro-voltage audio leads (XLR cables, guitar leads)
- Battery-operated equipment
- Low-voltage equipment
- Passive speakers
How much does PAT cost?
How much does a PAT process cost? The rates of RE-Electricals are very competitive as compared to others. For the convenience of our clients, they can also test equipment in the evenings or weekends. No matter what the business activity they can provide with the best and cost-effective PAT service.
If you are still unsure about what to do, don’t worry. Talk to an electrician from RE-Electricals team. A skilled and well-qualified team of technicians would suggest you the best options and workable solution. RE Electrical was established in 2003 and since our inception, we have been providing electrical services in London. In the past years, they have grown slowly and steadily increasing their client base with prompt and top services. They are trusted by clients for prompt and reliable services.