PAT Testing

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PAT Testing Made Easy

Selectatest prides itself in providing a professional, fast and reliable service, matched by our competitive prices with special offers and service plans for various sectors, including (but not limited to): education, landlords and letting agents, office blocks and commercial properties and anything in between! All of our services are managed in-house, and all test results, accreditations, insurances, CRBs and qualifications can be found in our on-line client area when you take out a service with us.

What is PAT Testing, exactly?

PAT Testing – or Portable Appliance Testing – is the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they meet a minimum level of electrical safety, in order to reduce the amount of electrical accidents that occur mainly in the workplace.

In order to safeguard both employees and the public, The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) places a duty of care on all businesses to ensure the safety of their electrical appliances.

With this in mind, the “Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment” was published by The Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET). This publication lays out minimum compliance guidelines (both visual and through testing) that all electronic equipment should meet.

Whilst not strictly a legal requirement, PAT Testing is a sure-fire way of ensuring that electrical appliances comply with a number of regulations applicable to businesses and employers. By adhering to a sound PAT Testing regime, employers and business owners can be confident that their electrical appliances do not breach the following guidelines and regulations:

Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

The Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999

The Workplace (Health, Safety, and Welfare) Regulations 1992

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

For frequently asked questions about PAT Testing, follow this link to the  HSE’s (Health & Safety Executive) PAT FAQ

Who is responsible?

In short, a duty of care is placed on the employer and their employees to ensure the equipment they supply is fit for purpose.

This is enforced in the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

All the above, in summary, place a ‘duty of care’ upon the employer and the employee to ensure the safety of all persons using electrical equipment in the workplace. This also includes any self-employed individuals.

Also, insurance companies can request that electrical items (including  fixed wiring installations) have been recently adequately inspected before assuming cover for a building.

How often should PAT Testing be carried out?

This very much depends on the item that is to be tested and the environment that it is to be used in. The frequency can range from every three years on low risk accessories to every three months on high risk items, with competent user checks daily/ weekly.

Until fairly recently it was generally assumed that annual PAT Testing regimes for lower-risk items was sufficient, erring on the side of caution. However, since the release of the Löfstedt Report – which drew attention to the issue of over-compliance in the case of PAT Testing – it has become apparent that this one-size-fits-all approach has resulted in unnecessarily frequent testing. This resulted in a review of the guidelines, and the IET 4th Edition Code of Practice addresses over-compliance with guidelines on the recommended testing frequency for common appliances.

Please see the below chart published as part of the “Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment” as a recommendation for the frequency of PAT testing:

Class I

Class II

Type of Premises

Type of Equipment

(Note 1)

User Checks

(Note 2)

Formal

Visual

Inspection

(Note 3)

Combined

Inspection

& Testing

(Note 5)

Formal

Visual

Inspection

(Note 3)

Combined

Inspection

& Testing

(Note 5)

Construction Sites
110V equipment
S
IT
M#
P#
H#
none
N/A
weekly
weekly
weekly
1month
N/A
1month
1month
1month
3months
N/A
3months
3months
3months
1month
N/A
1month
1month
1month
3months
N/A
3months
3months
3months
Industrial (including commercial kitchens) S
IT
M
P
H
F
weekly
weekly
before use
before use
before use
3months
none
none
6month
6month
6month
12months
24months
24months
12months
12months
12months
24months
none
none
6months
6months
6months
12months
24months
24months
24months
12months
12months
48months
Equipment used by the public S
IT
M
P
H
F
weekly
weekly
weekly
before use
before use
weekly
monthly
monthly
weekly
weekly
weekly
12months
12months
12months
6months
6months
6months
36months
3months
3months
1month
1month
1month
12months
24months
24months
12months
12months
12months
36months
Schools S
IT
M
P
H
F
weekly
weekly
weekly
weekly
before use
weekly
none
none
6months
6months
6months
12months
12months
12months
12months
12months
12months
36months
12months
12months
12months
12months
12months
12months
48months
48months
48months
48months
48months
48months
Hotels S
IT
M
P
H
F
none
none
weekly
weekly
before use
weekly
24months
24months
12months
12months
12months
24months
60months
60months
24months
24months
24months
48months
24months
24months
24months
24months
12months
24months
none
none
none
none
none
none
Offices and Shops S
IT
M
P
H
F
none
none
weekly
weekly
before use
3months
24months
24months
12months
12months
12months
24months
60months
60months
24months
24months
24months
48months
24months
24months
24months
24months
12months
24months
none
none
none
none
none
none

Note:

  1. S Stationary equipment
    IT Information technology equipment
    M Movable equipment
    P Portable equipment
    H Hand-held equipment
    F Fixed Equipment
  2. User checks are not recorded unless a fault is found
  3. The formal visual inspection may form part of the combined inspection and tests when they coincide and must be recorded.
  4. If class of equipment is not known, it must be tested as Class I
  5. The results of combined inspections and tests are recorded
  6. For some equipment such as children’s rides a daily check may be necessary
  7. (+) By supervisor/teacher/member of staff
  8. # 110V earthed centre tapped supply 230V portable or handheld equipment must be supplied via a 30 mA r.c.d. and the intervals between inspections and tests reduced

What does each test involve?

Every electrical item will be tested in two main ways:

Thorough Visual Inspection
Every item will be checked for any visual defects, this includes checking for niks in the cord, damage to the casing, and plug checks for correct polarity and fuse sizes.

Testing
If the item passes the visual inspection, it is then tested using a PAT test machine to carry out an Earth bond continuity test, polarity check, insulation resistance test and an Earth Leakage Test (depending on the appliance). These tests ensure the item is electrically safe and does not pose a fire risk.

What do I get from Selectatest?

We can offer to you experienced PAT Test engineers, who all come with a range of qualifications from Certificates of Competence and City & Guilds 2377 qualifications.

We use only quality, accurate test equipment (calibrated annually) which allows us to offer to our clients unique Asset IDs for every item tested, detailed asset lists by location, detailed test results by location, detailed failed item reports, a certificate of testing and a renewal reminder. To see examples of the documents listed, click the links below.

Asset List Report (dispatched shortly after testing completion)
Fails Report (dispatched shortly after testing completion)
Detailed Report (dispatched upon receipt of payment)
Certificate (dispatched upon receipt of payment)

Our team are happy to advise you on your PAT Testing regime, to help you find the best system for your premises. We offer fixed pricing on a number of PAT Testing programmes and we’re confident that we can find a PAT regime that works for you.

If you need further information or advice on your specific PAT testing needs, then please call us on 0845 465 0468 or fill out the Contact Us form to the right of this page.

Why do we stand out?

Selectatest has transparency in all of its prices with no hidden charges – we have plans specifically designed to save our clients money on their PAT testing. By moving onto a 2-year or 4-year testing regime, as recommended by the Löfstedt Report (November 2011), we keep you safe and save you money. The standard 1-year PAT testing scheme is still available.

We are confident that our simple pricing structures can make the choice for you. For more information or to request a callback, please feel free to contact us, using the simple contact form on the right of this page.

Local PAT Testing, Nationwide Service

Technicians are located at our three main hubs in Leeds, Bedford and the Midlands, and also located in areas from Swindon and Gloucester up to Glasgow and Dumfries. We have a local presence, nationwide. Each client is treated the same, ranging from local DJs up to national service providers (e.g. Yorkshire Water, one of our many valued clients).

 Selectatest have a variety of PAT testing schemes, tailored to the needs of various sectors.

Please click the links below for more information.

PAT Testing for Schools

PAT Testing for Business

Residential PAT Testing