Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

PAT Testing

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

PB Solutions provides professional and reliable PAT testing on your electrical appliances. We serve Industrial, Commercial and Retail businesses with electrical safety compliance testing services in a time-scale that meets your demands while allowing us to fulfil trustworthy tests. We guarantee the safety of your workplace with limited interference. We also promise that our prices are competitive and reflective of the high standard of care we implement.

From our relentless experience, we have carved ourselves an esteemed and acknowledged reputation for providing electrical engineering services, in particular, Portable Appliance Testing (PAT). As a wholly responsible, professional and fastidious electrical contractor, we work with you to discuss volume, cost and time schedules to complete your PAT tests.

Which Appliances Get PAT Tested?

There are three classes of electrical appliances:

  • Class One

This category relies on an earth for protection, as such, must be PAT tested. It is the most hazardous class. This includes (but is not limited to) such appliances as floor printers, vending machines, electric heaters and kitchen appliances (kettles, toasters…)

  • Class Two

These appliances have been built with additional insulation, therefore, do not rely on an earth for protection. These appliances include lawnmowers, drills, CD players and TVs.

  • Class Three

The safest class. These items are low-voltage, and it might be that only their leads need to be PAT tested. Such appliances as laptops, phone chargers and torches fall in this category.

How Do PAT Tests Work?

We discuss your needs before we take out any PAT test project, as such, we understand the scope of your requirements. With a tailored service, we can confidently provide detailed information about the PAT test procedure in the context of your business.

Generally, a PAT test is a routine inspection to check the level of safety of electrical appliances. Through compliance, electrical risks and potential accidents are prevented in the workplace.

PAT tests include both a visual and more comprehensive inspection. In the first stage, an expert electrical engineer will decipher the level of safety a piece of equipment offers. They will look for loose or worn wires, cracks, etc. The engineer will then use specialist PAT testing equipment to check for any underlying hazards. This stage of the test will check earth connection, lead polarity and the insulation resistance.

Many appliances only need what is known as a PAT insulation test, which is a less rigorous test. As such, understanding the needs of the business allows PB Solutions to formulate an accurate price that includes only what you need.

The result of the PAT test is to award the appliance either a pass or fail mark. Results are collected and given to you.

Do I Need A PAT Test?

Though there is no legal obligation to PAT test your equipment and appliances, you run the risk where, if the worse happens, as the employer you are responsible for damages or worse. As PB Solutions provides PAT testing at a competitive price and with a minute level of disturbance to your workplace, it is always better to be safe than sorry.

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