RING THE PAT TESTER (T/A Ring The Handyman)

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PAT Testing

  • How To Identify Equipment That Needs To Be PAT Tested

    Several types of electrical equipment are defined in the IEE Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment. The term "Portable Appliance Testing" is a bit of a misnomer and basically, anything with a normal British 3-pronged plug attached to it, needs to be tested.
  • Portable Equipment

    An appliance of less than 18kg in mass that is intended to be moved whilst in operation or an appliance which can be easily be moved whilst in operation or an appliance which can easily be moved from one place to another e.g. vacuum cleaner, toaster, food mixer, etc. Hence it may be regarded that portable equipment is designed to be carried or moved from place to place between periods of use and the power connection will be made by a "flexible cord" which will terminate in a plug for connection to the Fixed supply.
  • Moveable Equipment (Transportable)

    This equipment is either:
    18kg or less in mass and not fixed, e.g electric fire or:
    Equipment with wheels, castors or other means to facilitate movement by the operator as required to perform its intended use e.g. air conditioning unit Such equipment may be considered "transportable" rather than portable, but will still be connected to its supply where applicable by a flexible cord and plug. The risk of damage which may cause the safety of transportable equipment to be compromised can be high. Also, the use of some transportable equipment carries a high risk due to the very nature of its use (e.g. a high pressure steam/water cleaner) and in such circumstances transportable equipment can present a greater hazard than most portable equipment, therefore the requirement to periodically test must also apply to transportable equipment.
  • Hand Held Equipment Or Appliances

    This is portable equipment intended to be held in the hand during normal use e.g. drill, hair dryer. The risk of damage which may cause the safety of hand held equipment to be compromised can be high. Also, the use of some hand held equipment carries a high risk due to the very nature of its use i.e. the user is in direct contact with the equipment.
  • Stationary Equipment Or Appliances

    This equipment has a mass exceeding 18kg and is not provided with a carrying handle e.g. refrigerator, washing machine.
  • 'Private' Equipment

    It should be noted that 'private' equipment used at work (e.g. electric fires, mains radios, electric kettles, coffee makers etc) will carry an equal potential for danger to those items owned by the employer and if such equipment is allowed on site, its safety becomes the responsibility of the employer (i.e. the duty holder) and such equipment should be added to the list of items to be regularly tested.

  • Identification Numbers

    Each item of portable or transportable, hand held or stationary equipment should carry its own unique identification number. If the supply cord is non-detachable, then the cord will automatically be tested with the equipment. If a detachable supply cord is used, then it may either be identified with the number of its associated appliance or if the cord is likely to be moved between appliances or is one of a central pool of leads it should bear its own unique identification number. Whichever system is used, it is important that supply cords can be identified or are traceable to a particular appliance and can thus be regularly tested.
  • Fixed Equipment Or Appliances

    This equipment or an appliance which is fastened to a support or otherwise secured in a specific location e.g. bathroom heater, towel rail.
  • Liability Insurance

    We have public liability insurance up to the value of £2million. This policy is available on request.
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