Pat testing

At Blueco Electrical, we consistently look to deliver first- class electrician services to businesses and corporations across Worcestershire and the West Midlands. Our PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) Testing keeps you and your business safe.

Why PAT Testing?

Companies and businesses across the UK have a legal obligation to protect the health and safety of their employees. PAT Testing is one of the many important aspects of this. This is the visual examination and electric testing of equipment and appliances to ensure they are fully and safely operational. PAT Testing is covered by Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Management of Health and Safety Regulations 1999. PAT Testing must be conducted by a competent individual.

The process

Contact Us
Contact us to discuss how many electrical devices you will need testing along with any other requirements such as time constraints etc.
The Inspection
Our electrical engineer will ensure that each appliance is completely safe to use. In the case that it is a Class 1 appliance, they will do electrical tests along with visual inspection
Labelling
As the engineer makes their way around your commercial property, tests each device, they will label each device with either a pass or fail sticker.
The Report
Our engineer will also provide you with a report detailing what has passed and failed and providing an explanation as to why, however, will provide you with further advice if required.

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How often is PAT testing required?

Blueco Electrical advise that your business gets all appliances PAT tested at least once a year in order to stay compliant with legislation.

What does PAT Testing prevent?

PAT testing can detect any problems or potential problems such as electrical shocks and electrical fires.

What requires PAT testing?

Portable Appliance Testing is somewhat of a misnomer as it is not just any appliance that is portable that requires testing, it is any appliance that plugs into a socket including into a generator.

What are some examples of appliances that require PAT Testing in a corporate environment?

There are different classes of electrical appliances which include but are not limited to the following:

  • Fixed appliances- Electrical equipment that fixed in a permanent position.
  • Stationary appliances- Electrical equipment that is stationary and remain unmoved such as white goods in the kitchen
  • IT equipment- This is fairly self-explanatory, includes laptops, desktop computers, printers, photocopiers etc.
  • Moveable or Portable appliances- Will usually weigh less than 18kg and stays in one place but could be moved with ease,
  • Cables, wires, and chargers- Again, fairly self-explanatory. This includes any wire, cable, lead, or charger that connects to an electrical item or plugs into a wall or generator.
  • Other handheld devices- Electric items that are held in the hand. E.g., electric tools or hairdryers,

What are the different types of electrical categories?

There are three different electrical categories as outlined below.
  • Class 1 is considered the most dangerous class as this equipment normally has only the basic insulation and relies on the earth for protection. Examples of Class 1 equipment includes:
    • Industrial machinery
    • Vending machines
    • Kitchen stationary appliances
    • Kitchen portable appliances
    • Chargers for phones, laptops, tablets etc.
    • Desktop computer
  • Class 2 equipment has additional insulation so doesn’t rely on earthing so there is less risk involved with them. Class 2 items include the following
    • Blenders and food mixers
    • Hairdryers and straighteners
    • Lamps
    • Televisions
    • CD & DVD players and radios
    • Lawnmowers.
     
  • Class 3 appliances are normally the lowest risk. The equipment itself may not need checking however peripherals such as chargers etc will probably require testing. Class 3 equipment includes the following
    • Cameras
    • Laptops
    • Mobile Phones
    • Laptops
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