Electrical Statutory Testing & Inspection

ST&I ensures that employers, institutions and landlords fulfill their duties under current legislation by testingВ fixed installations,В portable appliances (PAT), emergency lighting, microwave appliances using traditional and modern techniques such as thermal imaging.

Each year there are around 1,000 electrical accidents at work and about 30 people die from their injuries. Electrical faults are also a major cause of fire. However, 40% of Responsible Persons admit they do not know what their legal obligations are.

In 2013, fines for ignoring electrical regulations were increased from ВЈ5,000 to ВЈ20,000; 20% of Responsible PersonsВ did not know there were any fines for non-compliance or that their insurance cover would be invalidated.

PAT Testing

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

To meet your obligations under The Health and Safety at Work Act and to ensure the safety of your staff, visitors, buildings and possessions, it is important to test your appliances on a regular basis. Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is an important legal requirement and without up to date PAT Testing your insurance could be invalid.

Our service ensures that employers, institutions and landlords fulfill their duties under current legislation by testing portable appliances, providing full and detailed information on test results carried out and marking equipment appropriately.

Comprehensive PAT service

Our PAT engineers are trained to competent person standard and we are accredited members of the PAT Scheme operated by NICEIC – guaranteeing that our work is of the highest standard and performed by experienced professionals.

A visible pass or fail label is affixed to each appliance detailing the inspection date, next test due and the inspector’s signature.  This information is also readily accessible online to our clients within hours of tests being completed, through our Computer Aided Facilities Management Website via a secure login or supplied in an alternative format, such as paper hard copy.

Common PAT Testing FAQ's

  • What is PAT Testing?
    • Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) requires a regular check to be made on all portable appliances within a workplace or residential premises to ensure they are safe to use. Most safety defects can be identified by visual examination but some require a full test to be carried out.

  • Which portable appliances require testing?
    • A Portable Electrical Appliance is any electrical appliance that can be moved including any electrical equipment your employees use at work, whether it is their own or supplied by you. You have a joint responsibility to maintain any equipment used by your employees that is either leased (eg a photocopier) or provided by a contractor (but not equipment both provided and used by a contractor).

      In this context, portable appliances are pieces of electrical equipment which have a lead requiring it to be plugged into an electric mains socket:

      • IT equipment
      • Kitchen appliances
      • Office appliances
      • Desktop equipment

      In addition, fixed equipment connected to the ring main via a spur, e.g.В air conditioning units, heated towel rails, water heaters and wall-mounted convector heaters are regarded as portable appliances.

      Any portable battery powered appliances which do not require charging from the mains do NOT require testing.

  • Who should do the testing?
    • Testing must be conducted by a competent person being those who have experience of test and inspection and have been trained and qualified in PAT inspection work. For your own peace of mind, evidence of their qualifications and experience in this type of work should be asked for.

  • How often should PAT Testing be carried out?
    • The law does not say how often the tests should be conducted and recommends a risk based approach i.e. testing should reflect the type of equipment, nature of workplace and levels of usage and hazard involved. The frequency of PAT Tests are recommendations based on the type of equipment and range from 3 to 48 months depending on its operating environment. Should you require advice on this give us a call onВ 0151 559 1944.

       

  • What happens if an item fails PAT testing?
    • This will depend on the reason for the item failing. Minor repairs e.g. replacement of a fuse or loose wiring can be corrected on the spot, major repairs will require significant remedial action.

  • When PAT Testing, do you test leads separately?
    • Yes – this is standard procedure – the code of practice for inspection and testing states that leads should be tested and labelled separately from the appliances they supply.

  • Is the testing disruptive?
    • As a general rule each appliance would need to be shut down for 5 to 10 minutes for the testing to be carried out. Complex equipment e.g. a server would need to be shut down to be tested and may take longer.

      If necessary we could carry out the testing outside of normal working hoursВ (Which we consider to be after 5pm Monday to Friday or on Saturday).

  • What evidence do we get that the testing has been completed?
    • Upon completion of Portable Appliance Testing you should receive a register on the results of the test listing both items passed and items failed. A visible pass or fail label will be attached to each appliance detailing the inspection date, next test due and the inspector’s signature.

      A full report of the test results will be provided in both paper hard copy and will also be availableВ throughВ our Computer Aided Facilities Management WebsiteВ via a secure login.

  • How much will it cost?
    • There are many factors that can affect the cost of Portable Appliance Testing such as number of appliances, location, access and availability of appliances.

      For a quote please phoneВ 0151 559 1944

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