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PAT testing is an essential part of being a business owner. And as per the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, PAT testing is something you should seriously consider investing in. So, what exactly is PAT testing, and how does it apply to you? We answer these questions and more, so keep reading to find out.
PAT is an acronym for Portable Appliance Testing. Yes, the extra “testing” in PAT testing is a bit redundant, but it makes clear that you are referring to the service and not someone’s name. In any event, PAT testing is essential to ensure the health and safety of your workers.
As a business owner, this is of prime importance. In the event that an electrical appliance is faulty, you can take steps to correct the issue before someone gets injured. This, of course, is a big deal and one that should not be overlooked or ignored.
When you hire an electrician to test your appliances, we check your electrical equipment to ensure that it is safe to use. While it’s true that some electrical defects can be caught with the naked eye, most require testing to find.
With that said, some PAT testing procedures require both visual examination and testing to find electrical faults, as testing alone sometimes isn’t enough.
Some electrical equipment requires limited skill to determine if it’s working properly. However, there are many other appliances that call for a skilled electrician to employ PAT testing.
According to the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, PAT testing is a requirement for businesses. As per these regulations, you are required to have any electrical equipment tested that could potentially cause injury to someone.
It is important to note, however, that the regulations do not specify what equipment this entails, nor do they state who must do the testing or how often. Furthermore, you aren’t legally required to implement PAT testing, nor must you do so annually.
So, what’s the point of PAT testing? While there is no legal requirement for you to employ PAT testing, it’s a good of determining what equipment is safe in your workplace. Furthermore, PAT testing could save you from a lawsuit in the event that you’re able to prevent injury.
Another key benefit of PAT testing is that it lets you know which equipment might be on its way out. This could potentially save you considerable downtime, specifically if the electrical equipment is used in your day-to-day operations.
If you have determined that your business would be a safer place with PAT testing, contact PSC today. We specialise in a wide variety of electrical services and are happy to schedule you for PAT testing or any other electrical needs you might have.
We strive to offer affordable prices to our clients and will even beat written quotations. Please feel free to contact us directly on 020 3857 4796.
Mr D Badcock