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PAT Testing and Electrical Equipment

Electrical Safety Testing

Using electricity is a familiar and necessary part of everyday life, but if wiring is unsafe, the consequences can be fatal. According to the Health & Safety Executive, electrical appliances account for 25% of all reportable electrical accidents, which is why Electrical Safety Testing should form an essential part of your health and safety plan.

The benefits of Electrical Safety Testing for your business include:

Protecting your employees and fulfilling your health and safety duties to keep them safe

Providing peace of mind for business owners and employees that equipment is in a safe working condition

Compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 – if you have equipment with the potential to cause injury

Electrical Testing and Inspection

The frequency of electrical testing and inspection will greatly depend on the type of industry and electrical appliances being used, the risk and the environment in which they are used. As a general rule testing might need to be performed from every 3 months to 6 years.

As well as routine checks, electrical tests can also be carried out for quality assurance on electrical components, diagnostic testing, and fault finding on electrical equipment.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) for Your Business

When carrying out a PAT Test, we will:

1. Undertake a visual check, looking for loose screws, frayed wires or anything that looks out of the ordinary.

2. Use market-leading PAT Testing technology for further and more detailed results.

3. Apply a 'passed safety check' sticker upon completion with a date for your records.

Once all of your portable appliances have been inspected, tested and certified, you can continue your day-to-day business knowing your electrical equipment is safe.

Most industries, from offices through to construction sites, use a variety of electrical equipment to assist with daily activities and they must be fit for use. Whilst there is not a legal requirement to undertake PAT testing, it does enable businesses to show compliance around electrical safety and duty of care to their employees.

How often you should PAT test will depend on the electrical equipment and your business usage of it. Equipment that falls under the Electricity at Work Regulations because they have the potential to cause harm are likely to warrant more regular testing than office computer equipment. Our team can advise on this according to the individual business’ needs.

Maintenance is another key element in keeping your electrical equipment safe and in working order. You can find more information in this HSE leaflet on Maintaining portable electrical equipment.

How Sureteam can help

We work closely with our NICEIC approved contractor RPB Electrical who has over 7 years of trade experience in domestic, commercial, and industrial sectors.

Outsourcing your Electrical Safety process to a competent team of Health and Safety consultants will not only ensure you’re looking after your business assets and employees but will give peace of mind that the work is carried out by those who are skilled and experienced, whilst saving you valuable time.

Give us a call on 01666 503686 for a no-obligation chat with a member of our team or fill out our contact form and we will get back to you.

Give us a call

Our team are on hand for any advice you need. To discuss your health and safety needs just call 01666 503686. With Sureteam, you have got it covered.

Frequently Asked Questions

The main legislation relating to electrical testing activities is the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. Regulation 4(3) requires that work on or near to an electrical system ‘shall be carried out in such a manner as not to give rise, so far as is reasonably practicable, to danger’.

Electrical equipment should be visually checked to spot early signs of damage or deterioration.

However, a competent person should test more thoroughly and often at recommended time intervals such that there can be little change in the equipment and does not result in it becoming dangerous between tests.

The frequency depends on the type work being carried out and the appliances being used.

There is no legal requirement to PAT test or keep records of tests or labelling equipment. However it can be useful to do so anyway for monitoring and reviewing purposes.

In many low-risk environments, a competent member of staff can undertake visual inspections if they have enough knowledge and training. However, we would recommend that a professional carry out the test with the appropriate equipment and ability to understand the test results to make qualified recommendations.

More Resources

Seeking further advice and support, why not take a look at our Resources section with toolbox talks, HSE publications and useful links or read our latest blog post for advice from our team

We see Sureteam as a key extension to our own internal health and safety team here at Squared. Sharing many of our own values, and acting as a “critical friend”, they add real value across all levels of the organisation.

Having taken the time to get to understand who we are and what specific risks we face, means that their advice and training is always practical and relevant. They are always accessible and happy to help support anyone within the organisation and through our ever-evolving relationship we have been able to build and maintain a safe and secure organisation for our teams, customers and wider community.”

Claire Bryan, Director of People Excellence, Squared

The training that we received from Sureteam was fantastic. Peter was informative, knowledgeable and made the training accessible and relevant to us. Peter related all the information to the context of our setting and used examples to highlight the important information that we needed as well and giving us advise about what we could improve and take forward following the training.

Lisa Hoult, Head of Youth Services, Tetbury Area Youth & Community Trust

Participant of Fire Safety Training

We receive a very professional service from Sureteam and have the knowledge of knowing we can contact them and will receive excellent expert advice. I would have no hesitation in recommending them as a company who always provide what they promise.

Risk Manager, North London Hospice

Sureteam really are the whole package when it comes to Health and Safety providers. As an in-house Health and Safety Manager the safety of my staff and customers is paramount at all times but with the additional support of Sureteam I have added piece of mind that I am supported fully.  Whether it is helping me to stay up to date with regulation changes, get a fresh set of eyes on our procedures or get additional, practical advice and support on new issues should they arise.  Over the years I have developed a fantastic, close working relationship with the entire team at Sureteam and look forward to that continuing for many years to come.

Gill Findlay, Installation QH+S Manager – Langley Design

Having worked with Sureteam since we started the business and been impressed by their expertise and professionalism, we knew that we wanted to partner with them for this larger project. Knowing that we could trust them absolutely to ensure our compliancy with the CDM Regulations and to deliver and provide high-quality health and safety advice, documents and training was so important to us, our sub-contractors and ultimately our client.

Our new two-tier contract system with Sureteam, really provides us with the flexibility and service that we require given the changeable nature of the projects we work on and helps ensure our budgets are spent wisely.  Knowing we have their support in this way means we can tender for larger projects with confidence.

Paul Aubrey, Director – Corella Ltd

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