FTS Safety Solutions have provided PAT Testing services to a range of clients since 2006. Portable Appliance Testing is a highly competitive market but be wary of sourcing cheap PAT Testing, like all other industries there are some that are not as ethical as they should be.
How PAT Testing Works
We use the latest technology from Seaward and test all portable electrical appliances. We carry out a visual inspection of the appliance, which is how we identify 99% of all failures. We look for things like: split or damaged cable, wrong or fake fuses and broken or damaged casing. Then we carry out a series of tests, subject to the type of equipment, to check: earth continuity, insulation, polarity, leakage and sub-leakage to name but a few.
Who Needs PAT Testing
All commercial entities need regular PAT Testing for all electrical appliances. That includes all leisure and hospitality, offices, warehouses and industrial units, landlords, emergency services and medical centres, any premises that has visiting members of the public or employees.
Why Do You Need Portable Appliance Testing?
A PAT Test minimises the risk of fire, to prevent potential injury due to electric shock and to comply with standard UK regulations. Regular PAT Testing maybe a condition of your insurance or ISO and Quality Assurances.
How Often Do You Need PAT Testing?
The PAT Test schedule depends on the environment and usage. If the appliances are heavily used in harsh environments like the construction industry and industrial kitchens, the code of practice recommends a test every 3 months, large offices and public areas should be tested annually and small offices may only need to be tested bi-annually. The decision on testing frequency is with the “Duty Holder”, the responsible person within the business that takes care of Health and Safety. We are happy to give advice on PAT Testing frequency, but the decision is yours.
How to Book PAT Testing
This cannot be easier, simply call our office on 0330 660 0264 or email [email protected] and we will get you booked in. It is useful if you know how many items you have to be tested so we can gauge how much time we will need onsite and give you an accurate quotation.