Everything You Need To Know About PAT Testing

At Hawkesworth Appliance Testing we have been carrying out PAT testing for over 25 years and have over 100 qualified engineers strategically placed throughout the UK. Under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, as an employer it is your responsibility to ensure that all of your electrical equipment is safe to use. This includes everything from the office photocopier to the kettle your staff uses to make the afternoon tea. In fact, basically anything that has a plug needs to be PAT tested.  

A PAT test consists first of a visual inspection of the equipment checking for any damage that could cause the appliance to become faulty. The majority of fails actually occur under the visual inspection. Next is an in-depth inspection and test to look for any damage that may not be immediately apparent. This includes earth continuity, lead polarity and insulation resistance checks which is carried out using a Seaward Apollo 500 tester.  Finally, the equipment is given a function test to ensure that everything works as it is supposed to work. 

Uniquely barcoded ID labels are assigned to the appliances that pass and a report and certificate are provided after the work has been completed.  We also supply you with images of the failed equipment along with the reason the appliance failed and its location.  The engineers that carry out the work are all City and Guilds 2377 certified in Portable Appliance Testing and have the necessary DBS checks. 

At Hawkesworth we can also carry out all your PAT testing out of hours if you wish so that it does not interfere with the normal running of your business. If you have multiple sites we can carry out PAT testing at all of them during the same month, or during a time period which fits in with your business.

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