Today we’re talking about PAT testing or Portable Appliance Testing. We’ll be focusing on the regulatory and legal requirements that PAT testing bestows on businesses and landlords. At GW Electrics we feel there isn’t always enough understanding when it comes to PAT testing and the ramifications of not adhering to some very strict rules.
Appliances Should Always Be Tested By Qualified Electricians
Firstly, let us reiterate what PAT testing is and why it should only be carried out by qualified electricians, who are registered on a government approved scheme. PAT testing is a process of testing all electrical appliances, for example, cookers, irons and fridges in a residential property, and computers, printers, kettles and coffee machines in an office. This ensures that all appliances are safe to use, and this is especially important if you are a landlord or in charge of a suite of offices or a business.
You Must Ensure The People Who Occupy Your Property Are Safe
Electrical accidents can result in serious injury or even death. As a landlord or employee/office manager you have a responsibility to make sure those who occupy your property are protected and safe from harm. All employees and tenants should feel safe, and relevant safety and security procedures set in place that help to keep them that way. PAT testing is one way this is done.
Five People Or More In Your Property?
If you do you need PAT testing every twelve months. It’s especially important if you have a business which employs five people or more, and we recommend you do this every twelve months. Landlords are also required to carry out PAT testing every twelve months, this helps to make sure that all appliances are safe to use by their tenants.
How Long Does PAT Testing Take?
Yes, there’ll be some downtime and the electricity will be off for a short period of time. It doesn’t, however, take as long as you might think, especially if the electrician knows his job and has experience of having done PAT testing many times before. He’ll have a system that is simple and straightforward, and you can simply let him/her get on with it. All you will need to do is make your team are aware that the electricity is going to be switched off for a short time. It is worth it as you’ll have peace of mind.
Don’t Neglect Your PAT Testing Needs
This could result in a fine or prison sentence. If you’re now beginning to realise your property needs PAT testing, regardless of whether you are an employer or landlord, you can contact us at GW Electrics and we’ll be happy to discuss your needs. We can attend at your property and carry out all PAT testing, including all functional checks, and insulation testing (and as equally important as all other appliance testing). We have a strong team of knowledgeable, qualified and trained electricians, who can carry out your PAT testing with confidence.