The Importance of PAT Testing18 Jan 2012
Electrical fires kill and injure over 2,500 people in the UK every year, also causing significant damage to property and goods, which sometimes cannot be overcome. Every employer has a duty of care to anyone who works on or visits their premises and needs to prevent or reduce the risk of danger at all times. Employees use portable electrical appliances every day as part of their daily work duties and routine, and so need to be aware of the potential dangers involved. This means that they should visually check their equipment regularly for any defects or faults and know what to do if this should be the case. Electrical inspection can find as many as 95% of faults, by spotting dodgy wiring or plugs.
Portable appliance testing, which must be carried out by competent and qualified electrical professionals, is essential to prevent electrical hazards and protect employees. This involves both electrical inspection and testing and will find those faults which are not visible. When our electricians carry out this testing of portable equipment, it will include earth bond continuity tests, insulation resistance testing and functional checks. There is no legislation which determines how often equipment needs to be tested, but there are recommended guidelines issued by the Institution of Electrical Engineers and the Health and Safety Executive, and we will ensure that we check your equipment as often as is advised by these guidelines.
Our aim is to provide quality inspection and testing combined with great customer service, with 99% of our customers agreeing that we do.