How often should our equipment be PAT Tested?
The frequency of inspection and testing depends upon the type of equipment and the environment it is used in. For example, a power tool, which is hand held and used on a construction site should be examined more frequently than a desk lamp in a hotel bedroom. For more detailed information please check out the www.HSE.gov.uk website.
Any item deemed not safe to use will have a failed label applied and our Approved Electrician who will advise our client on site. The Technician will also detail on the Job Sheet the failed item and will ask the client to initial their knowledge of the failed item. It is then the clients responsibility to either repair the item or have taken off site to ensure the item is no longer used. We can cut the plug off or cut the cable at the item end or other such measures as advised by our client. If required we can repair small faults such as incorrect rated fuses .
Pat testing takes into consideration many factors
- Free from cracks and damage or sign of overheating thermal damage.
- Open plug, check correctly wired and terminals tight & correct fuse in place – we can replace fuse for you or replace plug tops.
- Free from cuts, fraying and damage or exposed copper
- Not in a location where it could be damaged for example under a carpet or could cause a trip hazard, or squeezed tightly between desks or jammed in a floor box.
- No joints or connections that may render it unsuitable for use, such as taped joints a favourite for DIY dads!
- Only one flex connected into one plug we found that customers sometimes connect 2 cables into plugs.
- Long leads such as an extension reel or Vacuum cleaner lead, will be inspected throughout its length as “heat spots” can occur from not fully extending the cable in use.
- No indiscriminate use of extention leads which can result in overload / fire hazards / trip hazards.
- Check for hazard from water through spillage or leak.
- Chargers should not be left plugged into a socket when not in use.
- Free from chemical or corrosion damage to the outer casing which could result in access to live parts.
- No missing buttons/switches or open access to any terminals.
- Flexible cable secure in its anchorage.
- The cable grip should be checked by firmly pulling and twisting the cable. No movement should be apparent.
- Plug top pins not bent or burnt