Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

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Are you looking for a reliable, efficient and trustworthy PAT Testing company in the South west region of the UK? Then look no further than Flex Eco Services, fully qualified PAT Testers able to carry out all the necessary tests on your portable appliances to meet required government regulations.

Portable Appliance Testing, or PAT Testing, applies to all electrical equipment connected by a plug & socket-outlet and is the procedure by which electrical appliances are regularly checked to ascertain they are safe for use.

Health and Safety Executive (HSE) legislation clearly states that all employers have a legal obligation to maintain all electrical equipment in order to ensure a safe working environment, and it is the responsibility of the duty holder to see that this obligation is met. The regulations apply to small businesses and the self employed as well as larger organisations. Landlords with tenanted properties are required by law to ensure the equipment they supply as part of the tenancy is safe.

PAT Testing Equipment

PAT Testing Equipment

Many insurance companies now require PAT Testing as standard. Your insurance may even be invalid, or payments reduced or delayed on a claim for damage if an appliance causing that damage has not undergone electrical safety testing.

PAT testing, carried out by qualified and competent personnel is the best way to ensure that electrical equipment is safe and conforms to the Electricity at Work Regulations. Every type of portable electrical appliance should be inspected and tested regularly, and recorded. This includes all electrically operated items such as computers, printers, kettles, fridges, extension leads, vacuum cleaners, power tools etc, along with 110v equipment. Risk Assessment should be carried out by the duty holder in order to determine the test frequency for each appliance.

What is PAT Testing?

PAT testing or Portable Appliance Testing is a specialized process of testing all portable electrical appliances to ensure they are safe for use and is an important part of all health and safety policies. The ‘Electricity at Work Regulations’ place a legal responsibility for PAT Testing on all employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with it and specify regular programs of maintenance under set guidelines to ensure electrical testing is carried out and appliances are safe to use.

Typically, PAT Testing is a routine procedure for people who work with electrical appliances, or have them in a working environment. The Health & Safety Executive states that 25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances i.e. Kettles, fridges, toasters, extension leads, computers, fax machines, etc. It is important to take PAT Tests on a regular basis to ensure safety and reduce risk of accidents in the workplace.

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