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PAT Testing Manchester businesses affordably, reliably, and accurately. ADH Electrical Services are the professionals in national Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) and guarantee that you will be provided with the highest quality service available at an extremely competitive price.
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...pat testing is important
With over 10 years experience and services across the UK mainland we ensure that your tests are completed safely, accurately and with minimal disruption to your workplace.
Any item failing the tests will be easily identifiable and should not be used until repaired. A comprehensive certificate detailing the results of each appliance will be issued for your compliance records, we will also keep records on your behalf for future reference and duplicates if required.
...is PAT Testing?
PAT stands for Portable Appliance Testing and is a series of diagnostic and visual checks for appliances used in your premises.
The testing is to ensure all equipment is in good, efficient, and most importantly safe, working order.
Checking of appliances will include inspection of the equipment casing, flex, and plugs for wear or damage as well as correct wiring and appropriate fuse ratings.
After the equipment has passed a visual inspection it will undergo a series of electrical tests using a fully calibrated electrical PAT tester.
If an appliance successfully passes these checks it will be labelled as having been tested along with the date of when it should be tested again.
If the item fails any checks you will be advised to remove it from use until repaired or replaced.
An appliance register, certificate and detailed test results are provided and should be retained for future reference. This is based off of our detailed test results which are compiled for each electrical appliance and stored in our database.
...needs a PAT test?
The general rule is that any electrical appliance that has a plug and can be attached to mains power need a regular PAT tested.
There are additional items that don’t fall under these rules which should still be tested however.
- Class 1 equipment that connects to the mains. Appliances that typically fall into Class 1 include computers, fan heaters, kitchen appliances and other similar items.
- Class 2 equipment with no exposed metal work and contains at least two different layers of insulation. Items typically found in this class include dictation machines, desk calculators and others.
- Class 3 equipment that operates from power supplies less than 50v AC. These items will have basic insulation and will contain no metal work. Items typically found in this category include mobile phones and laptops, among others.
It is important to note that fixed electrical fittings such as light fittings, plug sockets, and wiring are not covered by PAT testing. Instead fixed wiring is covered by EICR which you can read more about on our EICR Certificates page.
...I undertake a PAT test?
Regulations require you to provide a safe working environment and ensure your electrical equipment is safe and well maintained.
- Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974
- The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999
While they do not specifically state how you accomplish this, the burden of proof that you are checking your equipment is on you. A PAT certificate is a nationally recognised method of showing you are meeting your responsibilities so whilst not required specifically, it does tick all the boxes for compliance whilst providing evidence of your due diligence.
Beyond Government requirements, some insurance companies will not provide cover if you do not have a PAT certificate as they recognise this as proof regulations have been met.
What a PAT certificate proves is that you have taken all reasonable measures to ensure the portable electrical appliances in your work environment meet government regulations.
...long is a PAT certificate valid?
Government guidelines stipulate portable electrical equipment should be tested regularly with a maximum timeframe of 48 months.
Note that depending on the environment your equipment is exposed, you may find recommendations for the next test will vary due to heavier risk of wear and tear.
...I perform PAT testing myself?
The short answer is yes, however, having recognised certified proof it has been done is not so simple.
It is not as simple as just downloading a checklist from the internet. You must provide proof it has been done correctly and by a person who is registered as an authorised person with the NICEIC/ECA.
Therefore, there are costs, monetary and time, in order to be able to carry out your own PAT testing which usually dissuades business owners as simply being an inefficient way to obtain the certificate.
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Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the process of periodically testing your appliances, this helps to ensure they are safe and maintained for use within the correct environment. PAT is completed towards the IEE code of practice and HSE guidelines which involves a visual inspection to check the appliance casing and cable for wear and tear.
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Plugs are checked for damage, correct wiring and that the correct fuse is used. As long as the appliance has passed a visual inspection it will undergo a series of electrical tests using calibrated specialised equipment. A label will then be placed onto each appliance indicating the test result and next test due date, any item failing the tests will be easily identifiable and should not be used until repaired. A comprehensive certificate of each appliance will then be issued for your compliance records, we will also keep records on your behalf for future reference and duplicates if required.
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ADH Electrical Services will provide you with a full and comprehensive Pat Testing Service.
A complete formal visual inspection is always carried out, which always precedes testing as a properly carried out inspection can identify many faults which will not necessarily be apparent from electrical tests.
- Inspection of cables is carried out to ensure there is no damage which could lead to electric shock.
- Extension leads will be inspected to make sure they are being used correctly for their environment.
- All plugs are checked to make sure they conform to BS 1363 Standards.
- Removal of plug top to check for correct wiring, signs of overheating, loose connections and correct fuse value