What is PAT Testing and do I need it in Coventry?

Attaching a sticker after a PAT testing a piece of equipment for electrical safety in Coventry

 

PAT testing or to give it it’s full name “portable appliance testing” is a vital part of any health & safety policy for small businesses in Coventry, schools or any other organisation that needs to ensure the electrical safety of equipment used daily.

Some church organisations are organising PAT testing too having recognised how many things with plugs they have – it covers office equipment such as photocopiers, laminating machines and even the kettle in the kitchen! Have a read of this article from Coventry Catholic Deanery – here.

Statistics from the Health & Safety Executive show that 25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances or office equipment.

The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations and take reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of such equipment. What this means is that you’re required as a Coventry business owner or landlord to implement a systematic and regular program of maintenance, inspection and testing for electrical appliances under your control.

It’s all about electrical safety

The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) places such an obligation in the following circumstances:

  • Electrical appliances are used by employees.
  • Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc.
  • Appliances are supplied or hired.
  • Where appliances are repaired or serviced.

The level of inspection and testing required is dependant upon the risk of the appliance becoming faulty, which is in turn dependant upon the type of appliance, the nature of its use and the environment in which it is used.

A poorly wired 13a plug on a piece of electrical equipment found during PAT testing in Coventry

Do we need our equipment tested?

It’s always difficult to decide whether an electrical appliance needs PAT testing or not, which is why we’re here to help – we’ll do a free site visit to look over your premises to help you decide or we can chat over the phone.

In simple terms, it means for a landlord that if you supply a kettle, toaster and microwave – they should all be tested initially to establish their condition and when you change tenants (this will help you check for damaged items too).

If you’re a small business owner like me, then equipment over 12 months old should be tested to establish its condition and then on a regular basis at an interval that you deem suitable. Before I’ve tested the kit, we can talk over what would be a suitable retest interval – it doesn’t have to be every 12 months!

How do we test?
Sample labels used to label equipment after PAT Testing in Coventry

All testing is carried out using ‘industry standard’ and calibrated equipment (you can see my calibration certificate on this page) and each item will get its own unique ID and label for easy identification. Once the testing is complete you will receive a copy of your certification paperwork by e-mail, you can then print as many copies as you need.

How much do we charge?

On the basis that you’ll have at least 12 items of equipment to test, I charge £3 per item. Typically it will take approximately 90 minutes to test but I will need to power down your equipment to test it, so we don’t want to be trying to do it when you’re really busy.

If you’re still interested, then use the form below to get in touch and lets discuss what you need testing.

Please note:

  • These prices are dependant on being given free and easy access.
  • If you need me to, I can replace plugs and fuses using good quality parts but they will be a chargeable extra
  • You’ll have a minimum of 12 items to test otherwise my ‘Landlord Pat Testing’ rates apply – here.
  • We reserve the right to charge for our time if we have to wait unduly or if the appliance is difficult to access.
  • The price applies to properties in Coventry postcodes CV1 to CV7 – we can work outside of this area but we prefer to quote separately.