Inspection & Testing
If you need testing on your appliances, fixing wiring, lights or alarm then we are able to help you.
Pat Testing or “Portable Appliance Testing”, is the procedure whereby electrical equipment is formally visually-inspected and tested for electrical safety. PAT testing is mostly carried out in the workplace, rented accommodation or in residential care homes, although some venue halls are now insisting on seeing evidence of PAT Testing.
Although there are no legal requirements concerning the frequency of PAT Testing, Health and Safety Best Practice recommends that the work is carried out annually. In the event of an unfortunate accident involving electricity, the governing body, the Health and Safety Executive, will see your organisation in a more favourable light if you can demonstrate that you have taken the matter of electrical safety seriously by, for example, providing evidence of having had periodic (usually annual) PAT Testing carried out.
Anyone using electrical equipment in the workplace should have simple, basic training in how to check their equipment.
Formal PAT Testing must only be carried out by a person competent to do so.
All electrical equipment in the workplace must be ‘safe, well-maintained and suitable for the purpose for which it is being used – at all times’.
Periodics are carried out in order to find out the condition of your electrical installation and to identify as far as possible any deficiencies (in an order of priority) that affect the safety of the installation. Like most things, electrical installations deteriorate with age. To keep yourself and others safe, you need to know that your electrical installation is in a safe and serviceable condition. On average ten people die each year and more then 750 are involved in accidents with unsafe electrical installations.
- Commercial Installations – 5 years
- Industrial Installations – 3 years
- Buildings open to the public – 1 year
- External Installations – 3 years
- Caravan Parks – 1 year
- Fire Alarms – 1 year
- Short Term Installations – 3 months
- Site Installations – 3 months.
Fixed Wiring Testing
Over time, cables, sockets and switches become susceptible to wear and tear. All commercial electrical installations should be inspected and tested regularly to comply with current legislation, and you must take proper precautions to reduce the risk of electrical failure causing injury or death. Since July 2008, IEE Regulations 2008 -17th Edition have brought testing into line with European standards.