Hawkesworth Appliance Testing is one of the leading portable appliance testing companies in the UK with over 100 City & Guilds 2377 certified engineers covering the whole of the country. The law requires that you are compliant with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, and if you fail to test your appliances you could be putting your business, your employees, and yourself, at risk.
In a PAT test we first use a visual inspection to check the appliance for any damage, and this is critical because, in fact, most fails occur at this stage. We then carry out an in-depth inspection and test which will identify any damage that may not be immediately apparent. Finally, we carry out a function test to check that everything works as it is supposed to. We then provide you with a full report and certification.
The cost of PAT testing will depend on the number of appliances that you need to have tested but our rates are highly competitive, and we will give you a firm quote. This will also include testing out of working hours if you wish, so that it doesn’t interrupt your normal working pattern.
PAT testing is by no means all we do at Hawkesworth. We can also provide you with an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report). This is similar to PAT testing but will test the condition of all your wiring and includes the assessment of distribution boards which lead to boilers, sockets, hard-wired smoke detectors, and more. Commercial installations should have an EICR every five years, while industrial installations should be checked every three years. They should also be checked on a change of occupancy. We can carry out an EICR at the same time as your PAT test if you wish.
We can also test your emergency lighting. The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 requires that the person in charge of a building is responsible for the safety of everyone in the building, including anybody who may be visiting. This includes the provision of emergency lighting in case there is a power outage. There are also other regulations regarding emergency lighting including where it should be installed and a definition of what constitutes “adequate” emergency lighting.
A “flash” test should be carried out once a month to check the emergency lights are in good working order, but this can be done by a trained member of staff. However, a full duration test should be carried out annually. This involves having the emergency lights on for up to three hours, but we can do this test for you if you wish.