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Why PAT testing is so important

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Whether you’re a business owner of a residential property owner who rents out assets fitted with electrical appliances, it’s important to ensure all electrical equipment in the premises is fit for purpose and safe to use. Faulty electrical equipment is extremely hazardous and causes hundreds of injuries a year in the UK and can even in a cause of death if ignored. At Cooper Weston, we know the importance of PAT testing on a regular basis to ensure absolute safety:

What is a PAT test?

A PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) is what’s used to describe the examination of electrical appliances either at home or in the workplace to determine their safety and hazardous risk. More often than not, any defects can be spotted by eye by leading professionals such as Cooper Weston, but some can only be found by rigorous testing.

Is PAT testing a legal requirement?

At present, there is no legal requirement for PAT testing to be undertaken by business or property owners. However, the government has put procedures in place to encourage good maintenance and safety checks of electrical appliances. Should an injury be cause by faulty equipment, a positive PAT test is much more likely to help ease blame and prove that you put health and safety first.

Is PAT testing required for brand new appliances?

New electrical equipment should, in theory, be supplied in a completely safe condition and therefore wouldn’t need a formal PAT inspection. Should any new products be delivered in an apparently damaged state, it’s best to have them checked over by an expert to ensure there are no safety risks.

What will be checked during a PAT test?

The overall wear and tear of any electrical equipment will be the priority during a PAT test; checking for frayed wires, cracked plugs, appliance casing and so on. These types of test should only be carried out by a professional electrical expert: it goes without saying that working with electrical equipment can be dangerous and therefore shouldn’t be done by an inexperienced individual.

What happens after a PAT test?

If any damage was identified during the inspection, recommendations will be made as to repairing the damage or replacing the item. It’s often a cheaper option to update your equipment than undertake expensive repair work and your electrical supplier should be able to advise you on this. If you pass with flying colours, a PAT certificate will be given to prove that your electrical equipment is safe and fit for purpose. Whilst there’s no legal standard on how often PAT tests should be carried out, we’d recommend having your equipment checked every couple of years or so to ensure no lasting damage.

Cooper Weston are able to offer PAT testing to businesses, landlords and self-employed individuals across Sussex and the South East. Call us today on 0800 6696229 or email info@cooperweston.co.uk.

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