Portable Appliance – Pat Testing
Portable Appliance Testing, or PAT Testing as it’s commonly known, is the legal requirement to ensure that you have all your portable appliances testing over a pre-determined period.
The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal duty on employees, employers and self-employed/sub-contracted persons to comply with the law. They require that a regular programme of testing and inspection is carried out and to ensure as far as possible 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, which EDS can provide.
EDS carry out all testing in accordance with the IEE’s (Institute of Electrical Engineers) Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment and conforms to HSE (Health & Safety Executive) guidelines. Before commencing any testing, we carry out a risk assessment to ensure work can be carried out safely, effectively and without risk to any individual.
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Portable Appliance – PAT Testing
PAT testing is carried out in several stages. Detailed below are the key tests which may be carried out during inspection & testing.
Visual inspections are carried out when the appliance is disconnected from the mains supply, checking that:
- Damage, such as cuts or abrasions to the cable covering.
- Damage to the plug such as a cracked casing or bent pins.
- Non-proprietary joints, including tape, in the cable.
- Equipment that has been used in conditions where it is not suitable, such as a wet or dusty workplace.
- Damage to the outer cover of the equipment or obvious loose parts or screws.
- Burn marks from overheating.
- The cord grip is holding the outer part of the cable tightly.
- The wires, including the earth wire where fitted, are attached to the correct terminals.
- No bare wire is visible other than at the terminals.
- The terminal screws are tight.
- There is no sign of internal damage, overheating, dust or dirt.
- Cables located so as to avoid damage.
- Means of disconnection and isolation readily accessible.
- Adequate equipment ventilation.
- Cups, plants and work material correctly placed to avoid spillage.
- Equipment positioned to avoid strain on cord.
- Equipment is being operated with the covers in place and any doors closed.
- Correct size fuse fitted that is both BS marked and ASTA marked.
This visual inspection will not include taking the equipment itself apart.
Portable Appliance – PAT Testing
The checks carried out as above will have identified most, but not all potentially dangerous faults. Some deterioration of the cable, its terminals and the equipment itself can be expected after significant use. Equipment may also be misused or abused to the extent that it may give rise to danger. Testing, together with a thorough visual inspection can detect faults such as loss of earth integrity, deterioration of insulation integrity or contamination of internal or external surfaces.
Examples of some of the tests that we will carry out, as deemed necessary, are as follows:
The Final Stage
Minor faults found during the course of the inspection will be repaired as we find them and the appliance re-tested. All minor repairs are carried out free of charge, including the following:
- Replacement of faulty or damaged mains plug (BS1363).
- Replacement of damaged or incorrectly rated fuses.
- Re-wiring of incorrect connections in the mains plug.
- Repair to faulty cable grips in the mains plug.
- Minor repairs requiring less than ten minutes labour.
- Re-test following repair.
Once the above are completed the test information is downloaded to our servers and the electronic copy can be emailed to you. A copy of all test results are held on our servers for the lifetime of our relationship, with free past copies forwarded to you upon request in the unlikely event that you loose them. A paper copy or CD copy of all results can also be produced and forward to you.
Once completed we automatically remind you of the next inspection in advance so that you can plan our visit.