When anyone mentions PAT Testing, there is an immediate cause for concern. Straight away business owners think about what the cost implication will be for their business, however there are some thing’s that can be done to protect their business, premises, the staff and the equipment …
PAT Tester Top Tips
Last November the code of practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment changed, but one thing that did not change was the need to ensure that the working environment is safe.
PAT testing has always been a means to an end; in this case the end is meeting with the Health and Safety at Work Act. More and more business are looking for ways in which they can reduce costs, however cutting back on the safety of your staff could end up being a dangerous, even expensive, outcome.
The flexible cable – make sure there are no cuts in the sleeving. Some of the things that you can do is carry out a Visual Inspection on the appliance before it is used, I would check:
- The socket outlet – make sure it is not broken or cracked
- The appliance – have a look at the casing; is there any visible damage?
- The plug – have a look at the plug itself; is it cracked or broken
- Cardboard wiring diagrams – make sure they have been removed from the plug
If any of the above is broken, damaged then report it to the responsible person and don’t use it. Some of the following checks may not be possible for equipment fitted with a non-rewirable plug:
- Identify signs of overheating
- Check inside the plug to check the polarity and connections
- Correct size fuse fitted, BS marked, ASTA marked
This is where your PAT Tester and their knowledge and experience comes into play. We have to take into account the appliance’s suitability for the environment or the nature of the work being undertaken. We check the fuse rating is correct and of course check to ensure the equipment is installed and is being operated in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions!
Good housekeeping of your appliances could save your life so also consider checking:
That cables are located so as to avoid damage
The appliance means of disconnection (unplugging) is accessible
Don’t put filing cabinets in front of sockets being used
The appliance has adequate equipment ventilation
Do NOT put cups, plants and work material in places where they could spill
Do not position equipment so that the cable is being stretched
Make sure equipment is being operated with the covers in place and any doors are closed
Do not use multi-way adaptors and trailing sockets to excess
Make sure no unprotected cables run under carpets
Until next time … If you would like further information or a free no obligation site inspection for your business then do call me on 0330 6600264 or click here to ping over an email and I’ll get right back to you.