Monthly Archives: July 2016

What is PAT Testing ?
PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) is an essential process for organisations that involves checking over anything that is deemed to be a portable appliance for electrical safety.

Since countless accidents happen every year at home and at places of work because of faulty portable appliances, the process of carrying out PAT testing ensures that any portable appliances that will be used by human employees are designated as being safe to use.

Legally, PAT testing is not a requirement. However, it is often an essential testing procedure to ensure that an organisation adheres to the regulations of several governing bodies related to the workplace, as it is an organisations’ legal responsibility to ensure all electrical equipment used by their staff can be used safely, and are regularly maintained to promote safety.

Think of PAT testing as basically like an MOT for your appliances. Just like cars, appliances can degrade over time because of a number of contributing factors, and it is essential that they are regularly checked over to ensure that the appliance in question has not been damaged in some way due to the passage of time.

PAT testing first started as a means of companies complying with their obligations under the Electricity At Work Regulations 1989.

Guidance notes have been issued over the years by the Institute of electrical engineers in their “Code of Practice for In Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment” We are now on to the third edition.

Pat Testing Saves Lives – Pat Testing Plymouth While PAT testing is not required by law, it is strongly encouraged. By testing your portable electronics and appliances, you significantly reduce the likelihood of fire, accident, and injury. Over 5,000 fires and accidents are cause each year by faulty appliances, most of which could be avoided… Continue Reading

WHY YOUR BUSINESS NEEDS REGULAR PAT TESTING When it comes to trading in business in and around Plymouth PAT testing is extremely important – especially if you are responsible for a number of employees and their safety.  PAT testing may not be a legal requirement in itself, but you have a duty to your employees… Continue Reading

Halifax Home Insurance is warning of the importance of electrical safety following recent a survey showing that one-in-four second-hand electrical goods failed a standard safety check. On average, 2,500 people are being killed or injured every year in electrical fires and Halifax Home Insurance confirmed that one fifth of household fire insurance claims are caused… Continue Reading