Test and be safe!
The frequency of inspection and testing depends upon the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used.
A power tool used on a construction site should be examined more frequently than a lamp in an office.
What does it cost?
Our pricing structure is simple. We charge £1.50 for each item tested. There is a a minimum site visit cost of £75.00, i.e. 50 items.
Our price includes minor repairs such as replacing plugs and fuses. The costs of plugs and fuses are additional and charged at cost price.
Portable Appliance Testing
Portable appliance testing is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Many electrical safety defects can be identified by visual examination, however some types of defect can only be found by testing. It is important to understand that visual examination is an essential part of the process because some types of electrical safety defect cannot be detected by testing alone. A brief user check can be a very useful part of any electrical maintenance regime. More formal visual inspection and testing by a competent person may also be required at appropriate intervals, depending upon the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used. This is were we can assist.
As a business dedicated to information technology we understand the need to be flexible in our working arrangements. We are able to provide testing services outside of normal working hours and on the weekends. This minimises disruption to your business and we do not charge extra for this flexibility. We will test your equipment at a time that suits you.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. The Regulations do not specify what needs to be done, by whom or how frequently (i.e. they don't make inspection or testing of electrical appliances a legal requirement, nor do they make it a legal requirement to undertake this annually). The law simply requires an employer to ensure that their electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent danger. It does not say how this should be done or how often. You should take a risk-based approach, considering the type of equipment and what it is being used for. HSE provides guidance on how to maintain equipment including the use of PAT can be found on the HSE website.
Each item will undergo a thorough visual inspection to check the correct fuse type is fitted and to ensure that there are no signs of damage to the flex, casing or plug.
Class 1. This equipment includes toasters, kettles, irons, microwaves, fridge freezers, heaters etc. These items require an earth continuity test, insulation resistance test and a protective earth conductor current test.
Class 2. This equipment includes some stereo equipment, televisions, lamps, vacuum cleaners etc. These items require an insulation resistance test and touch current test.
IT equipment includes computers, telecommunications, monitors, printers etc. These items require an earth continuity test and an insulation resistance test.
Extension leads and detachable cables such as an IEC lead are classed as a separate item and require an earth continuity test, an insulation resistance test and a polarity test.