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New Year 2023: Are You PAT Tested?

PAT Tested | Extension lead with many plugs, causing a hazard

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Happy new year from all of us here at Sussex Facilities Management! Now that we are all beginning to return to work after a well-earned break, it’s a great time to think about when your business was last PAT tested.

PAT testing is an efficient way to ensure that you’re meeting your legal obligations and following the electricity at work regulations, which helps to keep your working environment in a safe condition for you and your team.

PAT tested | Plug with internal damage, wries are frayed.

How often should my business be PAT tested?

The frequency of testing required really depends on the types of electrical equipment you use, as different electrical appliances carry different levels of risk and are more likely to have more or less wear and tear over time.

For example, an electrical appliance in daily use on a construction site is quite likely to have a higher level of wear and tear than an office computer.

The best way to know exactly when your equipment needs to be tested is to contact a team of professional PAT testers, like Sussex Facilities Management.

We also recommend reading our blog about how often different businesses need PAT tests carried out for more information about when to get your equipment PAT tested.

PAT tested | Person holding a cable which has split in the middle.

What is a PAT test?

A PAT test or Portable Appliance Test is a test carried out to ensure that electrical equipment is safe to use. An engineer, or nominated competent person, will first carry out a visual inspection before performing a more in-depth test using a PAT testing device to check the appliance.

The test includes a Pass or Fail verdict, clearly stating whether the appliance is safe for use or whether it should be retired and replaced to meet legal requirements like the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Whilst a ‘competent person’ can be nominated, we would recommend that electrical tests are carried out by a qualified professional like a member of our PAT testing team. This gives you both added peace of mind – knowing that your equipment has been properly PAT tested, as well as the added convenience of a reminder from our team before your next PAT test is due.

A competent person is described by the guidelines as being “A person possessing sufficient knowledge or experience to be capable of ensuring that injury is prevented.” However, the actual level of knowledge required is high, and often companies will not actually use properly calibrated PAT testing equipment, unlike our team here at Sussex Facilities Management.

PAT Testing Near Me

Our PAT testing team at Sussex Facilities Management have years of experience carrying out tests across Sussex, ensuring that businesses are kept safe from electrical mishaps!

From portable electrical equipment to larger and immovable appliances, we are able to perform tests and make sure that the equipment is safe to use.

Our service includes a pass or fail verdict and a certificate of inspection. We also include a fuse and cable check as standard, adding another safety layer so you can be sure that your equipment has been PAT tested properly.

After the test has been carried out, we will keep track of when you will need another test in the future, depending on your equipment, and we will then be in touch beforehand to remind you – saving you time and stress!

As the year has just begun, there’s no better time to make sure that you are keeping you and your team safe, so why not give us a call on 01444 812 171 to let us know your requirements? We’re always happy to help!

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