Modern lifestyle is heavily dependent on electricity and electrical devices. Electrical equipment exists in virtually every building on planet earth. While being hugely advantageous in general, electrical equipment also poses several safety risks if it starts malfunctioning. Faulty electrical equipment can cause casualties to people who come in contact with them, and short-circuits resulting from such equipment have been a huge source of accidental fire and casualties all across the world.
For this reason, the UK government issued the very important PAT test legal requirements in the form of The Electricity at Work Regulations in the year 1989, which demanded every business owner and manager to ensure that the electrical devices/equipment in their workplaces are maintained properly, in order to avoid any possible dangers that might arise due to faulty electrical equipment. The PAT testing comes into play in order to ensure compliance with the Portable Appliance Testing Regulations UK.
PAT testing, also known as portable appliance testing, is the process of checking the safety of electrical appliances and equipment. It is an important safety measure for any business or organization, as it ensures that all electrical devices are in proper working order and poses no risk of electrical accidents or injuries. PAT testing is typically carried out by a trained professional who will use specialized equipment to test the appliance and ensure that it meets safety standards. It is important to regularly conduct PAT testing to ensure the ongoing safety of your workplace or home.
Portable Appliance Testing UK is the best insurer of compliance with government regulations surrounding electrical safety in workplaces. Firesafetyriskassessment.com is one of the best Portable Appliance Testing services providers in the UK. We are one of the top environment hazard assessment companies in the country with vast experience in all kinds of hazard assessments, including PAT testing. Our PAT testing professionals have advanced knowledge about electronics, including their working, their functionality, how they can pose a danger to human lives and property, and how that danger can be mitigated.
Moreover, our experts are well-acquainted with all the concerned rules and PAT testing regulations UK. This helps us in keeping our clients up-to-tabs with the legal aspects of PAT testing, to ensure that our clients remain compliant with regulations.
We have been providing quality PAT testing services in UK for several years, and our success is evidenced by scores of satisfied customers, who have heaped our services with glowing reviews and have always returned to us whenever they need a renewal of our services.
Our PAT testing experts begin their operations by cataloguing all the electrical equipment in a workplace. This equipment includes everything that powers an electrical device, or is powered by electricity. Such items could entail all electrical equipment such as computers, laptops, TVs, projectors, copiers, fax machines, electric kettles, fans, Air Conditioners, lights, electric heaters, electric stoves, generators, inverters, uninterrupted power supplies (UPS), electronically operated doors, elevators and stairs, electrical wires, extension leads, and other miscellaneous electrical equipment. Creating a catalog of all relevant equipment is essential, as it allows the experts to determine how frequently a piece of electrical equipment is being used, and assign a risk factor to it accordingly. For example, an Air Conditioner is used extensively during spells of extreme weather, whereas a cellphone battery charger is used only once a day.
As part of our tried-and-true PAT testing procedure, Fire safety risk assessment PAT specialists will conduct at-length discussions with members of the staff, especially the ones who come in contact with electrical equipment the most, in order to determine their level of competency in using the electrical appliances at the work place. This is an extremely important part of PAT testing, as it brings about the electrical knowledge of every stakeholder out in the open, and allows our experts to suggest best-possible measures to educate them about the proper way of using electrical appliances.
All users of electrical devices should be aware of possible danger signs an electrical equipment gives away when it is not working properly. Fire safety risk assessment is a seasoned UK PAT testing company, and our PAT test specialists will recommend necessary trainings in order to make them confident enough to perform cursory checking of electrical equipment themselves, and enlist the help of experts if such equipment is found to be damaged or in a condition that may cause danger in the future.
Our experts will insist on ensuring the electrical competency of users at a workplace at all costs, because when the electrical competency of each employee at the workplace is ascertained, it ensures that no one at a place of commercial activity can accidentally cause an incident resulting from faulty electrical equipment or incorrect way of using necessary electrical appliances. Considering that most accidents happen by mistake or human error, this step goes a long way in reducing the probability of an electricity-related incident inside a workplace.
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Our Portable Appliances Testing procedure revolves around three basic forms of testing:
The most basic and essential part of every PAT testing manual is the observation testing. It commences with our experts referring to the electrical equipment catalog which they create at the beginning of their operations. Each piece of electrical equipment is thoroughly observed by our specialists, to check for possible defects and malfunctions. Because our PAT specialists are trained electricians themselves, they are usually very good at spotting any defects in the electrical equipment simply by observing it.
Next step in the PAT testing process is the visual testing of all electrical appliances. It is estimated that most of the electrical defects manifest themselves during this particular form of testing, and it is a very useful way to locate potential problems in electrical equipment. This form of testing requires the expertise of an experienced PAT tester, and is not possible for everyday joes to pull off.
Luckily, our PAT testing UK experts are the best at what they do, and visual testing comes off a second habit to them. They will begin this process by doing the single most important thing necessary for all forms of electrical testing: the unplugging of concerned electrical equipment before the official examination is to commence. This is a small step, but is often ignored by many testers, resulting in unfortunate incidences that could’ve been avoided.
A very important part of the PAT test checklist, our expert testers will first examine the plug belonging to a particular electrical item, and check for any signs of cracks, damage, burnt or missing or broken pins, and the wiring going into the plugs. Then it will be checked whether all connectors and pins have been inserted into their corresponding terminals/socket or not.
They will then move on to the cable connected to the plug, to detect any physical damage. Electrical cables are the single biggest source of short-circuits throughout the world. A single crack in the cable can interrupt the steady flow of electrons, which can gather up in large quantities inside the cable, causing a heated overload which results in electrical short-circuits and causes fire accidents all over the world. Our PAT experts can spot a faulty cable from a mile away, and will make sure all malfunctioning wires are accounted for in their report.
Their next step is to examine the electrical appliance that the above-mentioned equipment belongs to. It could be anything from a computer to an Air Conditioner to an electric kettle to a Microwave. Our specialist assessors will ascertain whether the concerned electrical appliance is working properly, and that it has not passed its date of expiry beyond which using it can pose a danger. This is an important part of a visual PAT test, and ascertains the trustworthiness of an electrical product.
Lastly, the Fire safety risk assessment trained professionals will move over to the all-important Residual Current Devices (RCDs). Also known as Breaker Switches, RCDs are sensitive safety devices which shut down the electricity of a whole building within a second, upon detecting an electrical fault within that building’s electrical spectrum. RCDs are the best and most-trusted defensive mechanism against possible short-circuits, and our experts will examine them to the hilt, in order to make sure that they function properly and do their all-important job whenever the need arises. They will check for any signs of damage, and will determine if the operating current is appropriate, before conducting a live-test of the RCDs to ensure their validity and functionality. Well-functioning RCDs could be the difference between life and death in a building. Being one of the leading Portable Appliance Testing companies UK, Fire safety risk assessment’s PAT testers will ensure that the tiniest malfunction within these devices is detected and properly accounted for.
A workplace’s wiring is not limited to that building, and can be subjected to dangers from the outside in the form of water risks, and overloaded extensions or electrical transformers. Our PAT experts will also take that outside danger into account when compiling their report.
Manual testing is not amateurs. It requires experienced and seasoned professionals who know electricity better than the palm of their hands. Luckily, our PAT testers are up to the task. They will use state-of-the-art Portable Appliance Testers (PAT testing machines) to evaluate complex factors such as the lead polarity, insulation resistance and earth continuity. A common person may not be able to make sense of such information, but our testers know that it could make all the difference in the world.
Manual checks are a critical part of all types of commercial PAT testing, and these checks are conducted by Fire safety risk assessment’s trained professionals on all electrical appliances inside a workplace, with the help of the most advanced PAT testing accessories. If the appliance passes the test, it is deemed safe to use. But in case the appliance fails such a test, our testers will record those findings in their report, and will recommend that that item either be repaired, or not be used again in the future.
Manual tests are a great way of figuring out which electrical equipment can be counted upon, and which needs to be retired and be replaced by new one. Our PAT testers have been doing this for ages with the help of latest Portable Appliance Testing equipment, and know how to detect a faulty electrical appliance before it could cause harm to unsuspecting people at a workplace.
After concluding the testing process, our experts will compile their PAT test results into a comprehensive PAT test report detailing all the electrical risks found inside the workplace, and possible remedies to address those dangers, and that report will be dispatched to our clients for speedy implementation on suggested recommendations and necessary compliance.
To the people thinking is PAT testing a legal requirement or not, should keep in mind that the UK government takes testing of electrical equipment very seriously. The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989 mandated every business manager to have all the electrical equipment at their workplace checked for any signs of possible danger. While that law did not mention PAT testing by name, PAT tests are the best-possible way of ensuring that only the safest electrical equipment is used in a workplace, and any faulty equipment comes to light before it causes harm.
Like every bit of legislation, PAT testing regulations UK can be complicated to understand for most business owners. Luckily, we at Fire safety risk assessment have acquired all the necessary PAT testing certifications mandated by the government, and have the legal experts who know these HSE Portable Appliance Testing regulations inside out, and will make sure that you are always advised on the proper course of action, which keeps you compliant with concerned government regulations, and away from legal troubles.
Fire Safety Risk Assessment is a seasoned provider of PAT testing services and other environment hazard assessment services in UK. The comfort of our clients is always our primary focus, and our experts are trained in the art of providing their services in the way our clients see fit. We understand the dangers faulty electrical equipment can pose to human lives and property in a workplace, and will stop at nothing to provide the best PAT examinations to our clients, to enable them to avert those dangers. Our uncompromising insistence on the sanctity of human lives and client comfort is what sets us apart from the competition, and makes us the most reliable PAT testing companies in our great nation of UK.
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