Let Ade Mogg Telecom carry out the safety testing of all your electrical equipment as is required by the HSE, Insurance companies and as recommended by the IEC.
Any testing carried out should be performed by a person who is competent in the safe use of the test equipment and who knows how to interpret the test results obtained.
Qualified to C&G 2377 and CRB checked for your peace of mind. We will check each appliance for safe use and if necessary, carry out any small repairs on site. Using the latest MEGGER test equipment, we will provide you with a detailed log and safety certificate on completion. A flexible working approach allows us to work around you and minimise disruption to you and/or your business.
For a friendly, reliable and professional service please contact us to discuss your individual requirements.
Our (P.A.T) Service Includes the following :
Earth Bond Safety Test – (Where Required)
Insulation Safety Test
Polarity Inspection and Test – (Where Required)
Replacement Fuses – (F.O.C)
Replacement Plugs – (At extra cost)
All appliances labelled with unique asset numbers
Full register of all tested appliances
Official Certificate of Conformity provided on completion
Microwave Oven Leakage Testing – (At extra cost)
More about P.A.T testing
What is P.A.T ?
P.A.T or Portable Appliance Testing is a process in the United Kingdom by which electrical appliances are routinely checked for safety. It is a simple non-destructive test for any “portable appliance” and ensures that the equipment is safe and in a fit state for use.
The National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers (napit) defines a “portable appliance” as ‘any electrical item, which can or is intended to be moved whilst connected to an electrical supply.’
Why P.A.T ?
Each year about 1000 accidents at work involving electric shock or burns are reported to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Around 30 of these are fatal. Portable electrical appliances are a major cause of fires both in the home and at work. Over 2,500 people are killed or injured as a result of electrical fires every year.
When people work with electrical appliances, health and safety regulations state that the appliance must be safe, to prevent harm to the workers. Many types of equipment require testing at regular intervals to ensure continual safety; the interval between tests depending on both the type of appliance and the environment it is used in”.
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 puts the duty of care upon both the employer and the employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises.
The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 states:
“Every employer shall make suitable and sufficient assessment of the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst at work”.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) requires every employer to ensure work equipment be efficiently maintained and kept fit and suitable for its intended purpose. It must not be allowed to deteriorate in function or performance to such a level that it puts people at risk. This means that regular, routine and planned maintenance regimes must be considered if hazardous problems can arise.
This includes all work equipment (fixed, transportable or portable) connected to a source of electrical energy.
It is clear therefore, that there is a requirement to inspect and test all types of electrical equipment in all work situations.
The only certain method of ensuring that appliances are safe is to have them tested by a qualified person using calibrated Portable Appliance Testing Equipment.
It has been seen that it is a defence under Regulation 29 of the Electricity at Work Regulations for a duty holder to ‘prove that he took all reasonable steps and exercised all due diligence to avoid the commission of that offence’. The most effective method by which a duty holder can prove this in court would be by producing records to convince the court that the defendant had acted within either the letter or the spirit of the law.
Records are essential if a proper and organised system of testing is to be established. They provide evidence for the defence in the event of a prosecution; more practically, such records enable the close monitoring of the equipment highlighting potential faults or adverse trends. They are also essential in forming an accurate assessment of the necessary frequency of testing. For example, if over a number of consecutive test cycles few or no failures were recorded then the duty holder may consider reducing the frequency of tests, obviously the converse may also apply.
Landlord Legal Requirements
Anyone who lets residential accommodation (such as houses, flats and bedsits, holiday homes, caravans and boats) as a business activity is required by law to ensure the equipment they supply as part of the tenancy is safe.
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 requires that all mains electrical equipment (cookers, washing machines, kettles, etc), new or second-hand, supplied with the accommodation must be safe. Landlords therefore need to regularly maintain the electrical equipment they supply to ensure it is safe.
The supply of goods occurs at the time of the tenancy contract. Therefore it is strongly advisable to have the equipment checked before the start of each let. It would be good practice to have the equipment checked at regular intervals thereafter. You should obtain and retain test reports detailing the equipment, the tests carried out and the results.