Choosing the right PAT testing company

With so many companies offering PAT testing services, how can you be sure you’ve chosen the right one?
We have put together a list of questions and our answers to help you to make an informed choice:

Competency

Q:

Does the company and its staff have the necessary competence to carry out the work?

A:

Selectatest employees are comprehensively trained, experienced PAT Test engineers, who all come with a range of qualifications from Certificates of Competence, City & Guilds 2377 qualifications, and our own in-house training scheme for your peace of mind.

Insurance

Q:

Is the company adequately insured to cover any accident or injury to those on your premises as a consequence of the work done, or caused whilst on the premises?

A:

Selectatest Ltd maintains an appropriate level of business insurance cover for its activities. Copies are available on request.

Child Protection

Q:

Are all of the company’s technicians vetted as suitable to work with children and vulnerable adults?

A:

Selectatest technicians are Enhanced CRB checked, and City & Guilds trained.

Equipment

Q:

Is the equipment the technicians will use fit for purpose?

A:

Selectatest uses Seaward Europa Plus, Seaward Primetest 300, and Seaward Primetest 350 computerised test equipment specifically designed for the in-service inspection and testing of electrical appliances.
All Seaward testing equipment is calibrated annually by an authorised external calibration service, and a calibration certificate for the equipment used to deliver the testing service is available upon request.
In addition Selectatest Ltd carries out periodic in-house calibration checks to ensure equipment is operating within testing tolerances.

Management

Q:

Has the company shown you evidence that it has the systems and procedures in place to properly manage the testing work?

A:

Selectatest Ltd is widely accredited, including ISO 9001 and 14001, and has testimonials from schools, landlords and businesses from all over the country, available on request.

Test Records

Q:

How will you know the testing has been carried out properly and comprehensively?

A:

Selectatest provide a PAT Testing Policy Statement, compliant with the IET Code of Practice. After completion of testing, Selectatest provide their clients with a certificate of testing and a detailed list of all testing results.

Health & Safety

Q:

Has the supplier shown you sufficient evidence that they are aware of their Health & Safety responsibilities whilst on site, and capable of fulfilling them?

A:

Selectatest employees are City & Guilds trained, and if required will fill out risk assessments prior to the commencement of testing, detailing their on-site responsibilities and their understanding of the various risks involved.

 

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