Portable Appliance Testing involves the testing of any movable electrical appliance to ensure they are safe to use in any workplace or if accessible to the public. In a let property, school or office this typically includes computers, printers, telephones and kitchen equipment, and in large factories, manufacturing plants or hotels, this can involve thousands of individual pieces of equipment and machinery.
PAT testing ensures the safety of your employees and visitors. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 is the legislation which places legal implications on employers to ensure the safe use of electricity in the workplace. The regulations dictate that all portable equipment must be kept in a condition which is safe for use:
"As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger (Regulation 4(2)). 'System' means an electrical system in which all the electrical equipment is, or maybe, electrically connected to a common source of electrical energy and includes such source and such equipment (Regulation 2(1)). Electrical equipment includes anything used, intended to be used or installed for use, to generate, provide, transmit, transform, rectify, convert, conduct, distribute, control, store, measure or use electrical energy (Regulation 2(1))."
This combined with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 makes clear that the regulations apply to all electrical equipment used in, or associated with, places of work. The scope covers everything from 400 KV distribution systems to a hairdryer!
Lawrence Fairfield Limited can provide a bespoke testing solution that is flexible to your business needs. As each item needs to be unplugged in order to test it, this can be hugely disruptive so we offer the ability to work within your scheduled downtime.
We use the latest testing instruments to record all test data and automatically download test data into our advanced database software, offering maximum efficiency and accuracy.
Any items that fail a PAT test can be repaired, replaced or removed from service for safety, and a full written fail report will be issued to you. We will advise you on future testing schedules, depending on your type of equipment and environment.