“More companies need to understand the importance of adopting good risk management in the way that Hawkesworth Appliance Testing has done. The firm’s high standard has set an example, which hopefully will be followed by other companies within their industry.”
James Ostler MD, National Britannia Group (Safecontractor)
Welcome to Hawkesworth Appliance Testing
Hawkesworth Appliance Testing was established in 1993 and is the largest independent PAT testing company in the UK and Ireland. In the last year alone we carried out over 11,200,000 tests at over 22,700 customer locations nationwide. Strategic placement of engineers is paramount in providing our clients with an affordable, reliable and efficient service.
Our engineers are City and Guilds (2377) qualified in Portable Appliance Testing and undergo enhanced CRB checks for your peace of mind, always adhering to the IEE Code of Practice and ISO 9001:2008 working standards. Ad hoc audits are carried out on a daily basis throughout the country to ensure the very highest standards.
We provide bespoke quotations for specific environments, so we work to a sensible and sustainable tariff, delivering genuine value for money and ultimately taking the stress of keeping your business running safely away from you.
All quotations – what’s included in the price?
- No extra charge for out of hours work (weekends or nights)
- Your exclusive Asset Register
- Uniquely numbered easily identifiable labels on all appliances
- Certificate of Compliance
- Timely reminders for re-tests
- No hidden charges such as travelling expenses
- Engineers local to you – no further than 60 miles away from your premises
PAT Testing explained
Pat testing or portable appliance testing is an important part of any Health & Safety Policy. The Health & Safety Executive advises that 25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances. The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations and take reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of such equipment. This in effect requires the implementation of a systematic and regular program of maintenance, inspection and testing. The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) places such an obligation in the following circumstances:
- Where appliances are used by employees.
- Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc.
- Where appliances are supplied or hired.
- Where appliances are repaired or serviced.
The level of inspection and testing required is dependant upon the risk of the appliance becoming faulty, which is in turn dependant upon the type of appliance, the nature of its use and the environment in which it is used.
The Institution of Electrical Engineers published the "Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment". This guide forms the basis for portable appliance testing in the U.K.
We are always looking for enthusiastic people to join our organisation. If you think you have the necessary attributes please send through your CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.