Portable Appliance Testing Info

The use of PAT testing Labels

Contrary to popular knowledge there is actually no requirement to label any equipment that requires inspections and testing; but it is a useful visual aid that the appliance has actually been checked. If you don’t want nasty labels on your appliances that’s fine, just tell you PAT company that. If a label is used it should have an appliance identifier (usually a unique number), the date of the test (month…

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What dangers is a portable appliance test looking for?

What dangers is a portable appliance test looking for? What inspections and or tests are done on electrical appliances is dependent on the construction of the appliance under test; for ease we’re going to concentrate on the two most standard types – class I (earthed) and class II (double insulated but not earthed). Earthed equipment Class I equipment, for safety has an earth connection. The wiring in the lead and…

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Addressing the confusion over fixed appliance testing

Understanding the confusion over fixed appliance testing There is much confusion over what is a fixed appliance and what should be tested, so this article is an attempt to balance the understanding. Firstly you need to know the differences in fixed appliances – any appliance that is wired directly into the mains electricity (without using a plug) is fixed, but not all fixed appliances would be designed as a portable…

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Types of equipment – Portable and Movable Appliances

  A common misunderstanding is that appliances that require a portable appliance test must be portable; they don’t – appliances that are too heavy for a person to lift can still be plugged in and some appliances even get secured to walls, yet still require testing. A portable or movable appliance is any item that can be moved; they’re very similar in the understanding of them. Such items usually have…

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The Portable appliance Test (PAT)

  The person who does the portable appliance test must have the appropriate knowledge and the right equipment for the task; they should know how to use the equipment and how to interpret the results. The user of an appliance that has been tested must remember to continue to do their checks even though it has been tested. This is because portable appliance testing can only give an indication of…

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Visual Inspections by a competent person

Visual Inspections by a competent person You don’t need an electrician to do the visual inspections, but you must be competent; a competent person has the appropriate skills from training, and knowledge to know what to do. The visual inspection should include the following considerations: Is the equipment being used in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions? Is the equipment suitable for the job it is doing? Has the user reported…

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Don’t forget you need to do user checks

Don’t forget you need to do user checks

What’s involved in a User Check? A user check should be done by the user of an appliance before they use it; when the appliance is disconnected from the power source. The user should look for: Damage to the lead including cuts and scuffs Tape on the leads – remove it and check underneath Coloured wires visible anywhere on the length of lead Damage to the plug top or pins…

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How do I make sure my equipment is safe?

How do I make sure my equipment is safe? To make sure equipment is safe you’ll need to put measures in place for staff to do, and contract a suitable PAT technician to carry out appropriate tests: Encourage staff to check the cable for the appliance before they use it (user check) Encourage staff to check the appliance before the use it (user check) Get all portable equipment visually inspected by…

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What does the law say about testing appliances?

What does the law say?   The law says you must maintain electrical equipment if it can cause you danger; you should decide what maintenance is needed based on the risk of danger from the appliance. The law says you have a responsibility to maintain any equipment used by employees that is provided by you, leased (e.g. a photocopier or water tower) or provided by a contractor. Equipment brought on…

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The Lofstedt report in 2012 said we don’t need to get PAT testing done…

  The report said money was being wasted on unnecessary tests – it didn’t say that testing wasn’t necessary. What it was referring to was the number of low risk environments that get all appliances tested every year no matter what. In fact that is still considered best practice but it is possible to save some money by not getting all appliances tested every year; doing a risk assessment will…

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