To minimize the risk of a fire or the risk of an electric shock, to either an employee or member of the public, it is important to have your appliances safety tested in order to promote a safe working environment.
ATS Ltd. will perform these tests at a time suitable to the client to minimize disruption. Each item of equipment will be marked with a pass/fail tag. A report will then be generated off site and sent to the client.
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
Portable Appliance Testing is a test that involves a visual inspection on each item of equipment within a premise. Each item of equipment is then connected to a test meter to confirm the integrity of the internal wiring of the equipment. This inspection is to be carried out on an annual basis.
The requirement for Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) and reporting is set out in Regulation 74 of the 2007 Safety Health and Welfare at work.
The P.A.T. was devised in the interest of public safety and it is now a requirement in the eyes of government and insurance companies alike. It is necessary for employers to undertake this low cost procedure annually for everybody’s safety (including the public) and for peace of mind. The P.A.T. is necessary for any electrical equipment that has a mains plug attached
To minimise the risk of a fire or the risk of an electric shock to either an employee or member of the public it is important to have these appliances safety tested to promote a safe working environment.
Testing standards. Presently EU Laws, Insurance Companies, HAS and the IEEE regulations cover this matter. Many Insurance companies are not re-insuring clients unless documented proof of P.A.T. testing has taken place.
Frequently asked questions:
What is Portable Appliance testing?
Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing. However, it is essential to understand that visual examination is an essential part of the process because some types of electrical safety defect can’t be detected by testing alone.
A relatively brief user check (based upon simple training and perhaps assisted by the use of a brief checklist) can be a very useful part of any electrical maintenance regime. However, more formal visual inspection and testing by a competent person may also be required at appropriate intervals, depending upon the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used.
How often do I need to test my electrical appliances?
The frequency of inspection and testing depends upon the type of equipment and the environment it is used in. For example, a power tool used on a construction site should be examined more frequently than a lamp in a hotel bedroom.
Do I need to test new equipment?
New equipment should be supplied in a safe condition and not require a formal portable appliance inspection or test. However, a simple visual check is recommended to verify the item is not damaged.
Do I need to get an electrician to do portable appliance testing work?
The person doing testing work needs to competent to do it. In many low-risk environments, a sensible (competent) member of staff can undertake visual inspections if they have enough knowledge and training. However, when undertaking combined inspection and testing, a greater level of knowledge and experience is needed, and the person will need:
- the right equipment to do the tests
- the ability to use this test equipment properly
- the ability to properly understand the test results
Is Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) compulsory?
The law simply requires an employer to ensure that their electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent danger. It does not say how this should be done or how often. Employers should take a risk-based approach, considering the type of equipment and what it is being used for. If it is used regularly and moved a lot e.g. a floor cleaner or a kettle, testing (along with visual checks) can be an important part of an effective maintenance regime giving employers confidence that they are doing what is necessary to help them meet their legal duties. ATS provides guidance on how to maintain equipment including the use of PAT.
Seaward Apollo 600
THE 600 TRANSFORMS SAFETY MANAGEMENT
The Seaward Apollo 600 PAT Tester is one of the most respected and advanced PAT Testers on the market. It offers a complete suite of innovative electrical safety tests. This professional-grade PAT tester comes complete with fully downloadable memory capable of recording 50,000 tests and the integrated digital camera is handy when storing risk assessments.
A new era in risk-based PAT Testing and health & safety management that helps you to comply with the latest IET Code of Practice. The Seaward Apollo 600 offers a comprehensive solution for managing a risk-based approach to health and safety in the workplace.
The lightweight and portable Apollo 600 PAT Tester is fast and accurate and boasts a variety of in-built risk assessment tools suitable for any work place hazard. This advanced PAT Tester enables risk scores to be calculated and on conclusion a corrective strategy to be planned and easily documented.
The Apollo 600 also comes complete with a range of testing and inspection reports. These reports include fire detection, portable appliance testing and emergency lighting. The Apollo 600 also ensures electrical safety of all 230V and IT equipment, it also offers basic testing for 110V appliances.
The Apollo 600 enables the user to maintain comprehensive client records including test and inspection reports, risk assessments and visual evidence. This can be achieved with the help of Seaward’s PATGuard 3 Health and Safety Edition software. The user can easily generate certificates, reports and invoices.
As with many Seaward PAT testers, the Apollo 600 is compatible with a variety of barcode scanners and printers. This makes the process of asset recognition and labelling faster and more reliable.
KEY FEATURES INCLUDE:
- High definition display (colour)
- On board camera (colour) with flash
- In-built electrical and universal tools for risk assessment
- Point to point testing for fixed appliances
- Can store up to 2000 images
- Can store up to 50,000 appliance records
- Includes facility for remote data transfer (from the field to the office)
- Data transfer via both Bluetooth connectivity or USB connectivity
- Additional health & safety certificates with ability to update with more
APOLLO 600 ELECTRICAL TEST FUNCTIONS INCLUDE:
- Low current earth continuity test which ensures accurate measurement
- Insulation resistance
- Protective conductor current
- Touch current, Load power/current and Alternative leakage current
- Point to point testing – for fixed appliances
- IEC lead test, RCD test and Power socket test.