PAT Testing Compliance Is Essential

Portable Appliance Testing in Watford – or PAT Testing in Watford – is as essential as elsewhere in the UK. Every company in both the private and public sector needs to carry out inspections on equipment used by staff, clients and customers. Regulations were introduced in 1989 concerning work-related electrical equipment. The law applies equally to fixed and to portable equipment, where the portable equipment is connected to the fixed electrical equipment. It’s required that the equipment should be maintained to prevent danger. Every self-employed person, and employer must comply with the provision of the regulations.

Today, more than two decades after the introduction of the legal requirements, PAT Testing in Watford is more important than ever. Removing danger over the use of any electrical equipment has become paramount in the move from paper to virtual documentation. For example, with advances in technology, legal compliance in other sectors means that digital signatures are now the norm where handwritten signatures were acceptable in the past. Handheld and portable electrical devices are themselves often used to make checks on inventory and to inspect equipment. These devices must themselves be checked to ensure that they are safe to use, so PAT Testing in Watford is a legal requirement. Advice from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (the IET) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) suggests that in the case of the field of construction, inspection and testing should be carried out at three month intervals for certain types of appliance. Other fields should carry out inspections annually and testing less frequently in some cases. Offices, shops, hotels and schools are all covered in the guidance stipulations. In effect, the intensity and depth of testing and inspection depends on the risk that the appliance will develop faults.

Obviously, the nature of the electrical equipment and its environment will play major factors in the potential development of problems. For example, a dusty environment such as a building site may require more thorough maintenance of equipment than more hygienic environments. However, even a sterile laboratory environment that produces high-value medications may require the maintenance of electrical equipment as a breakdown will be more costly.

Employees should be made aware when not to use portable equipment. For example, if the power cable to a laptop is frayed, or the plug on another piece of equipment is cracked, then that appliance should not be used until the fault is fixed. Users should be made aware how to make their own checks and carry out minor tests on equipment before they use it if necessary. Statistically, the vast majority of problems with electrical equipment are found with a visual inspection. Faults should be reported to supervising staff or management.

PAT Testing in Watford can be carried out by an external company or it can be carried out by those who work within a company who have been provided with the training to do so. Those with official qualifications and employees who have attended health and safety courses offered by electrical health and safety companies can perform inspections and testing. Outsourcing of PAT testing is common, but compliance officers within a company often receive training in the testing of portable equipment.