Sunday, December 16, 2018

 Portable Appliance Testing,making sure you comply with the health and safety at work act.

Southern Testing are PAT Testing specialists in the field of Portable Appliance Testing and we provide a reliable and professional service to companies, landlords, hotels, educational institutions and any other that require P.A.Testing. We do not use the hand held battery powered testers as these do not do a full test. When we test the earth continuity we actually pass a current of 20 amps to make sure the earth conductor is sound and not just connected by one strand of conductor, we measure the run current of the item under test and if it is class 2 insulation we will perform a flash test to determine if the double insulation is sound. If you are going to the trouble and cost of PAT testing then do it properly. Avoid PAT testing companies (label stickers) that are geared up to 60+ items an hour just for their profit.

We offer our clients a web based asset management system that allows them to see at a glance what requires testing and when.

Southern PAT Testing

We believe that electrical safety testing should be made available to everyone,and we understand your concerns about price and the hidden extras, we have no hidden extras. All tests will be recorded and a copy will be given to you, we keep a copy on our server so that if you have reason to require a copy it will be available to you via email (free) or by post (P & P charges). What needs testing? Quite simply if it has a plug on it then it needs testing,some appliances need testing yearly.

  • Kettles
  • Hobs
  • Fridges
  • Toasters
  • Fires
  • Portable tools etc

The vast majority would be OK tested every 5 years.

  • Computers
  • Monitors
  • Leads for IT
  • Routers,switches and hubs
  • Tv's and A/V equipment


Legal Requirements.

The legislation of specific relevance to electrical maintenance is the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

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. This includes the self employed.

The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 states:

"Every employer shall make suitable and sufficient assessment of:

  • (a) the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst at work, and
  • (b) the risks to ensure the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him or his undertaking."

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 states:

"Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair."

The PUWER 1998 covers most risks that can result from using work equipment. With respect to risks from electricity, compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 is likely to achieve compliance with the PUWER 1998.

PUWER 1998 only applies to work equipment used by workers at work. This includes all work equipment (fixed, transportable or portable) connected to a source of electrical energy. PUWER does not apply to fixed installations in a building. The electrical safety of these installations is dealt with only by the Electricity at Work Regulations.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states:

"All systems shall at all times be of such construction as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger."

"As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger."

"'System' means an electrical system in which all the electrical equipment is, or may be, electrically connected to a common source of electrical energy and includes such source and such equipment"

"'Electrical Equipment' includes anything used, intended to be used or installed for use, to generate, provide, transmit, transform, rectify, convert, conduct, distribute, control, store, measure or use electrical energy."

Scope of the legislation

It is clear that the combination of the HSW Act 1974, the PUWER 1998 and the EAW Regulations 1989 apply to all electrical equipment used in, or associated with, places of work. The scope extends from distribution systems down to the smallest piece of electrical equipment.

It is clear that there is a requirement to inspect and test all types of electrical equipment in all work situations.
If your premises are open to the public then you must test yearly.
P.A.T. or Portable Appliance Testing saves lives and helps to prevent fires.