PAT Testing is an essential aspect of a company’s health & safety policy to ensure that staff aren’t harmed by any electrical equipment within a business premises.
PAT Testing should be performed regularly to protect employees, customers and yourself, against any accidents and liability within the workplace. PAT Testing is carried out by a business in accordance with guidelines stated in the IEE Code of Practice.
PAT tests are carried out in 3 stages:
This informs the use or any potential danger signs, & an appliance can fail on this check i.e. a frayed cable can be marked as ‘not safe for use’.
Formal visual Inspection
This is a simple process of visually inspection all of the appliance, cable and plug for obvious faults, including the fuse and wiring of the plug should be tested.
Combined Inspections and PAT testing
This is the main test, that involves the PAT testing equipment. This determines if the device is electrically safe to use on the ‘class of construction’ i.e. Class 1, Class 2 and so forth.
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