PAT Testing Across The West Midlands
At DJP Testing Service, we provide PAT Testing Services across Birmingham, Wolverhampton and the rest of the West Midlands. In fact, we offer a nationwide service so no matter where you need portable appliance testing, we can help.
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About PAT Testing
What does PAT Testing involve?
PAT Testing (portable appliance testing) is a UK based policy that requires routine safety checks to be completed in the workplace. The purpose of PAT Testing policy is to ensure that any people, customers, employees, tenants or anyone who might come into contact with portable electrical appliances are not going to be at risk of injury from them.
PAT Testing regulations are very clear cut. The 1989 Electricity at Work Regulations perhaps gives the clearest explanation in saying that: “All systems shall at all times be of such construction as to prevent, so far as reasonably practical, such danger.” This means that most companies observe regular testing protocols on given timescales – usually once per year as a minimum. Although there is no requirement by law to conduct an annual test, this is generally considered best practice.
Whether you are a small one person company or a large global corporation, the best course of action for companies is to employ an external service provider to check all appliances.
You can expect PAT Testing to involve checking and testing for frayed wires, any damage to the casing around the appliance, as well as any cracking or damage to plugs.
If there is any damage to the appliance or if there is cause for concern, the qualified person carrying out the PAT Test can make recommendations on next steps – whether it be to repair the appliance or recommend how to make the appliance safe again.
You should expect your testing professional to carry out a range of checks on all appliances in the workplace. You will be told whether or not the appliances have passed or failed inspection and you will be told which aspect of the test the appliance has failed on if this is the case. Testing should include lead polarity, insulation resistance, earth continuity and more advanced tests may include some other types of tests for even more peace of mind.
As the appliances are checked and passed they will be labelled with a PAT Testing sticker that will clearly show the date of the test and the result. It will also have a recommended date for future testing.
PAT Testing Certificates
Upon successful completion of PAT Testing, certificates will be issued to evidence that the appliances have been tested. These PAT Testing Certificates prove that your company is complying with national regulations and the Electricity at Work Regulations Act.
There is no one design of PAT Testing Certificates and most companies will use a design based on PAT testing certificate templates to give to their clients. These certificates prove compliance and that all electrical appliances are safe and sound. When using DJP Testing Service Ltd you can expect your certificate to be detailed and thorough and will always include any appliances that have passed testing and any that have failed.
PAT Testing Certificates should include a range of details, these include:
- The company name and address where the testing was completed
- The name and company address of the person carrying out the PAT Test
- The expiry date of the certificate – e.g. when the next test should be carried out
- A signature by the authorised tester.
You should not expect a PAT Testing certificate to show individual appliance testing results, instead you should expect to find these on the detailed report. You will find that individual items will be labelled with their test result whether they have passed or failed. The certificate is generally used to show that the company has had appliances properly tested and is complying with the regulations.
PAT testing forms are important for those planning to perform these tests and the certificate templates again ensure the tester is providing all the necessary information and that the forms are filled out in sufficient detail. These forms will provide advice on what to do with any appliances that have not passed so that businesses can take appropriate action to ensure the safety of everyone within the workplace.
If you do not carry out proper PAT Testing on your appliances there are a number of risks you run. The first risk is that of the safety of your staff and anyone setting foot within the business premises. Secondly, there is a financial risk as insurance premiums can be increased if faults are found or anyone is harmed. In addition to this, there is the financial risk of the property owner being held accountable by law if any injury or fatality should occur as a result of faulty appliances.
PAT Testing Prices
The biggest hurdle for many companies when it comes to PAT Testing is pricing. Whilst most companies carry out annual appliance testing as a minimum, pricing or lack of transparency on pricing is often a stumbling block to some businesses.
Most PAT Testing companies will charge based on a ‘per appliance’ basis although some may charge an hourly or day rate.
The potential human and financial risks that can occur as a result of not having appliances tested is usually enough for most companies to see PAT Testing as good value for money. The cost of PAT Testing for your company will depend on the number of portable appliances you have and you should be able to get an idea of costs by providing this number to the PAT Testing provider.
Many companies charge around £1 to £2 for each appliance that is tested but you will be glad to know that we try to be cheaper than that and our PAT Testing prices are highly competitive.
Of course, the more portable appliances you have the higher your overall PAT testing pricing will be. If you have a relatively small number of appliances then the chances are that you will also need to pay a standard callout charge and you may well find fixed prices for up to a set number of appliances – e.g. up to 100.
To give an idea of exact costs you will need to provide an idea of the types of appliances that will require testing. Any portable appliances that have plugs attached to them and plug into a wall socket will require testing and examples of types of items that are commonly found in the workplace include:
If you want to obtain an accurate quote for your PAT Testing then you should be able to provide an accurate idea of how many appliances need testing and what types they are. It is best to be accurate here and plan for your visit in advance to avoid being overcharged. It is also worthwhile to give your employees plenty of notice of the PAT Testing visit as they will need to bring in any appliances that they use on a normal working day. For example, if they have the leads and power supply to a laptop that they take home they will need to ensure it is in the office for testing if it is ever used in the workplace.
Of course, the final factor in determining costs of PAT Testing is the company you choose to undertake the testing. Price is not the only factor you should consider when choosing a PAT Testing company but it is an importance consideration. A company that is up front about costs is always a good sign and you can be assured of that with DJP.
We'd love to hear from you so why not get in touch for a no obligation quote today:
0121 517 0003
DJP Testing Service Ltd., 30 Old Meeting Road, Coseley, West Midlands, WV14 8HB
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