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PAT Testing

Why is Portable Appliance Testing so Important?

The Electricity At Work Regulations, 1989 cover every kettle, fax, copier, computer, extension lead, etc., including 110V equipment, in a business or public place. In fact, if it is electrical and has a plug on it, whether it is in regular use or not, then it must be maintained safely. Portable Appliance Testing, or PAT Testing, is a common service to maintain electrical appliances.
Electricity can kill. Each year about 1000 accidents at work involving electric shock or burns are reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Around 30 of these are fatal. Most of these fatalities arise from contact with overhead or underground power cables. Even non-fatal shocks can cause severe and permanent injury. Shocks from faulty equipment may lead to falls from ladders, scaffolds or other work platforms. Those using electricity may not be the only ones at risk: poor electrical installations and faulty electrical appliances can lead to fires which may also cause death or injury to others. Most of these accidents can be avoided by careful planning and straightforward precautions. (Source: HSE) If you have not implemented a Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) regime for all your electrical equipment, then:

  • You could be breaking the law.
  • If an accident occurs, HSE can prosecute with heavy fines.
  • Under the rules of Corporate responsibility, Directors can now be held personally responsible, if found to be negligent.
  • Your Building, Employers and Public Liability insurance may be invalid.
  • You are putting yourself, your employees and possibly your customers at risk.

PAT Test Certificates

Treadwell Electrical carry out PAT Testing using the latest computer based technology. We can produce reports in either paper format or PDF for your records.
We can track your assets. By bar coding your appliances we are able to keep a detailed record of equipment. This means that you always have a detailed record not only for safety, but can also be used to validate insurance claims should any item go missing!

What’s involved

In order to carry out the tests, we do have to unplug the equipment; most items take around 3 to 5 minutes to test.

Visual Inspection-We do not simply attach a machine and test-the importance of the visual inspection should not be overlooked, it can be the most important as we have to assess the suitability of the item for the environment it which it is used , we also check for damage in the plug or flex

Earth bond-Many appliances depending on their construction rely on having a good connection to earth to protect the user -if this has not been connected correctly in the first place or has worked loose due to the earth wire being pulled out of its terminal, it can be dangerous.

Insulation-we check the insulation between the conductors is up to standards, if the insulation is not effective electricity can leak out to the user, causing shock or burns.

Touch leakage-this is an alternative way of measuring insulation.

A passor fail label is attached to each item, we can also use an asset number bar code if required.

Detailed Certificate of testing is then produced and can either be posted to you or emailed in a PDF format.


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  • Thorough visual inspection
  • All required tests on our latest PAT testing equipment
  • Pass and Fail labels
  • Full certificate of testing, inclusive of asset listing.
  • Any appliance deterioration from previous year
  • Bar code application
  • Copies kept by us for following year.
  • Should you loose your certificate we will replace it free of charge within the 12 month test cycle

Please note where an appliance has a detachable supply lead i.e. Kettle or PC then the appliance and lead count as one item Beware some of our competitors charge for TWO!!

Extension leads are tested separately.