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Pat testing service Plymouth

Welcome.
Providing a Portable Appliance Testing for voluntary sector organisations, community centres, small businesses, housing associations, stall holders, the performing arts, church halls, private landlords, residential care home owners and many others in and around Plymouth Devon, Dave Prout Plymouth Sparky
Pat testing service PlymouthWe strive to provide a service for our valued customers, that we would want to use ourselves.

Our experience in the PAT Testing industry is second to none.

We have tailored our business over the years, to provide you, the customer, with a smooth, efficient, cost effective and safe service.

All our engineers are City & Guilds qualified, we only use test equipment manufactured by Seaward Electronics or Kewtech, who are the market leaders of PAT Testing equipment.

 

What’s involved when I do PAT Testing

If you engage my services, then your electrical equipment at your site that has a standard 240 volt three-pin plug attached will be formally visually inspected and instrument-tested for safety. Each item will then be labeled with either a green PASS label or (sometimes!) a red FAIL label. PASS labels identify the PAT Testing Appliance ID (unique for each item inspected/tested by me at the site), the Pass Date, the Next Test Due date, and my contact details. Instead of the Pass Date, FAIL labels provide the Fail Date and display a clear warning that the item of equipment is not safe and therefore must not be used.

Any failed items can be fixed on site if its a case of replacing plugs, cable, fuse.
Any item of equipment that fails either the formal visual inspection or any of the instrument tests will be identified with a red FAIL label and brought to the attention of the Responsible Person, this typically being the person that deals with Health and Safety, otherwise the manager, business owner or similar. It is then the responsibility of that person to take appropriate measures to either have the item repaired, disposed of, or otherwise appropriately and safely dealt with. In the case of inexpensive, easily replaceable items such as computer/monitor power cords, extension leads, table lamps, etc., the item is normally rendered unusable and disposed off there and then (with your agreement, of course; no, I don’t go around chopping off plugs left, right and center!). Whilst I have no actual authority over your organisation, you need to be aware that if you have in commission any unsafe item of electrical equipment (whether you know it or not), then you are committing a criminal offence, not to mention the risk to “people, animals or property”.

If an item passes the combined formal visual inspection and instrument tests, but I have concern over some other aspect of its safety, for example, its suitability for the job for which it is being used, or perhaps the cables placed in a dangerous manner, then a green PASS label will be applied, but the item will be brought to the attention of the Responsible Person to deal swiftly with the issue in an appropriate and safe manner.

I always remove the covers of rewireable plugs to check for fuse rating, wire condition, etc. In fact, this is where I find a lot of faults. I carry a supply of standard three-pin plugs and fuses, all BS/ASTA certified, so if an item of equipment under inspection/test needs either a new plug, the plug rewired or the fuse replaced for it to pass the tests, then this work will be carried out free of charge there and then (most contractors that carry out PAT Testing charge additional for this, up to £4 in fact just to rewire a plug!). I also carry a supply of standard IEC ‘computer’ power cords: if any of your power cords are found to be faulty (and many are), then they can be replaced at cost for just a couple of pounds each (you may already have a few spares so these could be used instead; after testing them though, of course!). I do not undertake any other electrical repairs, as I am not legally allowed or insured to do so.

Detailed test results will be electronically downloaded from my test equipment to my own computer system at my office, and held in the strictest confidence, subject only to possible inspection by the authorities, such as the Health and Safety Executive. I always take several backup copies of this data, in case of loss or damage to the original.

Within a few days after completion of the work, you will receive from me by email

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