WHAT IS A PAT TEST?
Portable Appliance Testing or PAT Testing is a very important aspect of your health and safety policy. The PAT test involves electrical appliances being routinely checked with a PAT Tester for safety. The correct term for the whole process is In-service Inspection & Testing of Electrical Equipment. The pat testing is used to determine whether the equipment is in a satisfactory condition.
WHY DO I NEED PAT TESTING
By getting a PAT test you will be fufilling your legal obligations under the various UK legislation that cover health and safety at work as well as regulations relating to the provision and use of electrical equipment at work. Some of these are:
HOW CAN MANGO CONTRACTS HELP
Our London electricians can perform the PAT test at your convenience to ensure that all electrical equipment is safe. Your insurance company may require you to have a Portable Appliance Test(PAT test) as a necessary condition of your insurance policy. Failure to carry out regular PAT Testing may be taken into account when arriving at a settlement figure if an incident occurs that is associated with an electrical appliance. 'Electrical Equipment' includes anything used, intended to be used or installed for use, to generate, provide, transmit, transform, rectify, convert, conduct, distribute, control, store, measure or use electrical energy."
For Account customers we help you maintain an accurate record of all tests. The keeping of suitable records is essential. They provide evidence for the defence in the event of a prosecution; more practically, such records enable the close monitoring of the equipment highlighting potential faults or adverse trends. They are also essential in forming an accurate assessment of the necessary frequency of testing.
The IEE Code of Practice recognises four test situations.
This is the testing carried out as a routine to determine whether the equipment is in a satisfactory condition.
In-Service testing will involve the following:
(a) Preliminary inspection
(b) Earth continuity tests (for Class 1 equipment)
(c) Insulation testing (Which may sometimes be substituted by earth leakage measurement)
(d) Functional checks.