Introduction to PAT Testing

Pat Testing or portable appliance testing is an important part of any Health & Safety Policy. The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations and take reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of such equipment. This in effect requires the implementation of a systematic and regular program of maintenance, inspection and testing.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does the test consists of?

Portable Appliance Testing consists of a series of inspections and electrical tests on each item. These tests vary depending on the class of item. Appliance testing results are then noted and the electrical item marked accordingly with a pass or fail label. These results are then compiled into a report and sent together with your certificate after testing is complete.

How often do our appliances need to be PAT tested?

Frequency of testing depends on the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used. For example a school would require pat testing more often than an office as its classified higher risk. The frequencies we recommend are based on the guidelines by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) and our own experience.

How much will it cost?

There are many factors that can affect the cost of Portable Appliance Testing such as volume of appliances we therefore have unique pricing structure which is based on a cost per test as this will cover both parties. For a free, no obligation quote, Freephone us now on 03333441101 or fill in the our pat testing enquiry form and a dedicated Account Manager will get in touch to discuss your needs in detail .

What needs a PAT Test?

Anything in your workplace with a plug needs PAT testing, including:
  • PC's
  • Printers
  • Kettles
  • TVs
  • Microwaves
  • Hand driers

Will it affect the workplace during testing?

There may be some impact such as short periods of downtime on appliances. However, with careful planning and strong liaison between you and your contractor, this can be conducted at a time that best suits your business.

What if we don’t PAT Test:

Failure to comply with Electrical Regulations can lead to a maximum penalty of a £5,000 fine and/or up to six months imprisonment. For breaches under the general duties of the Health Safety at Work Act 1974, penalties of up to £20,000 were introduced in 1992 and offences heard on indictment in the Crown Court attract unlimited financial penalties and up to two years imprisonment.

Do insurance companies mandate PAT Testing:

You have a duty of care with respect to your insurers & the risks they take in underwriting your business. Many Businesses are unaware of the Insurance implications of not having an up to date Portable Appliance Testing programme in place. Failure to carry out the necessary tests may result in your insurance company refusing to pay out in the unfortunate circumstances of an accident or a fire. 25% of fires start from portable appliances in the UK!

Why Capital Pat Services Services?

We believe that we can offer you, an unrivalled service, in quality and ability that will minimise disruption to your day to day operations whilst ensuring that you, and your staff, are working in the safest environment possible.