Pat testing or portable appliance testing is generally speaking, the electrical safety tests performed on electrical appliances fitted with a plug, and is an integral part of any health & safety policy. Pat testing is not quite as cut and dried as a lot of people may think and as such this guide has been developed to provide our customers with all the information they will require, to fulfill their obligations under the various legislation , and to provide a safe working environment.
The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on everyone in the workplace to comply with the provisions of the regulations and take reasonable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of Portable appliances. This requires the implementation of a preventative maintenance and testing regime with appropriate mechanisms to record, document and , where necessary , action remedial works to ensure a safe working environment.
The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) places a duty of care upon both employer,employee and the self employed to ensure the safety of all persons using all work premises. The frequency of the testing regime is dependent upon risk. Construction Sites, Industrial premises and Commercial Kitchens may require inspection or testing as frequently as every month whilst a rack mounted server system within an air conditioned restricted access area could be inspected on a 2 year cycle.
It is clear that the various legislation applies to all electrical equipment either used in , or associated with, places of work. The scope extends from the largest distribution systems to the smallest piece of electrical equipment such as a mobile phone charger and even in some instances battery operated equipment.
Suggested Frequencies of Inpection and Testing is dependent on risk with frequency varying from:
1. Weekly - for some types of equipment used by the public
2. Monthly - for all types of equipment on Construction Sites
3. Six Monthly - for some types of office equipment
4. 2 yearly - for some types of office equipment
JPS perform Portable Appliance Testing in accordance with the IEE Code of Practice for In Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment. JPS ensure their Health and Safety is maintained whilst on Customer Premises and as such copies of our PAT Testing Method Statement and PAT Testing Risk Assessment are available.
A Glossary of PAT Testing terms can be found here