PAT Testing Explained10 Jan 2012
Electrical equipment is a common cause of fires and results in over 2,500 deaths and injuries every year. Electrical inspection and testing is therefore key to complying with Health and Safety Regulations, but also for protecting your employees and saving your business money through lost income, property and goods due to fire damage.
One common cause of electrical fires is when portable electrical equipment becomes damaged or malfunctions. This is why portable appliance testing (commonly referred to as PAT Testing) is essential in order to check that appliances are in good order. A PAT test needs to be carried out on anything that can be picked up or moved, and so generally refers to anything which is plugged in, including extension leads. One thing some people don’t realise is that electrical testing does not exclude itself to equipment supplied by the employer, but also to anything electrical that employees bring in. Consequently, employers often have rules in place which prevent employees from bringing in electrical items.
PAT Testing should be carried out by someone who is properly trained and who understands how to classify appliances and carry out the different tests which are necessary. When you choose Elecheck, we will put together a specific programme of PAT Testing for your business which will comply with Health and Safety Regulations. All our staff our highly qualified and competent and we can organise for your testing to take place at any hours you require so that it won’t disrupt your business.