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All portable appliances must be tested and maintained on a regular basis. There are six main reasons for PAT Testing.
- Comply with the law (regulations S.I NO.299 OF 2007)
- Comply with some insurance company requirements
- Protect the integrity and professionalism of your company
- Protect your company from possible court action
- Protect your employees
- Protect visiting clients on your premises.
We offer a service of Portable Appliance Testing, which covers all voltages from 115v to 400v. We will call to your premises to carry out a full survey of all the equipment requiring testing. On instruction to proceed and prior to commencing we will meet with you again to ascertain that our plan for testing is in line with your company's requirements, ensuring as little inconvenience as possible to your ongoing business.
Once this is approved. On completion of the full PAT, we will compile a list of all test results on both hard and soft copy, which will be issued to you along with your certification on receipt of payment. All records must be kept for at least five years for HSA random checks. In addition, each appliance will have a heavy duty tag placed on the lead which will have a bar code as well for inspection.
P.A.T is the testing of portable electrical appliances. These are taken to be an item of equipment which is not part of a fixed installation but is, or is intended to be, connected to fixed installation, or a generator, by means of a flexible cable and a plug and socket. It is very important to maintain all portable appliances from a Health and Safety point of view.
The testing should be carried out to protect both your employees and customers from accidents such as electric shock or burns whilst also protecting against a potential fire hazard. Many work related accidents are caused by wear and tear of portable appliances such as damaged leads, incorrect fuse rating or damaged casings, to name but a few. Many customer related accidents are due to neglect in maintaining these appliances or lack of testing.
The HSA have recently issued figures reporting that 25% of all electrically related accidents are caused by faulty portable appliances, which can result in serious injury and expensive law suits undertaken by either employees or customers.