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Portable Appliance Inspection and Testing, or P.A.T. Testing, is an important part of any Health & Safety Policy. If your working environment has any electrical appliances with a plug attached, then these are classed as Portable Appliances. A portable appliance is anything that plugs into the electrical supply via a socket.

To minimise the risk of a fire or the risk of an electric shock to either an employee or member of the public it is important to have these appliances safety tested to promote a safe working environment.

Ireland is presently having legislation compiled to give us P.A.T. Testing standards. Presently EU Laws, Insurance Companies, HSA and the IEEE regulations cover this matter. Many Insurance companies are not re-insuring clients unless documented proof of P.A.T. Testing has taken place.

The P.A.T. was devised in the interest of public safety and it is now a requirement in the eyes of government and insurance companies alike. It is necessary for employers to undertake this low cost procedure annually for everybody's safety (including the public ) and for peace of mind. The P.A.T. is necessary for any electrical equipment that has a mains plug attached. (i.e. it is portable).

Portable electrical appliances in public venues including pubs, clubs, hotels, leisure facilities, schools, government buildings, etc. should have electrical equipment safety tested at least once a year. (The frequency of testing is related to each specific area). This is known as P.A.T. Testing.

This test includes a visual inspection of mains cables, fuses etc. and an insulation & full safety test using a dedicated P.A. Testing machine. Each P.A.T. also includes:

  • A Visual Inspection
  • Earth leakage test
  • Fuse continuity test
  • Functional test
  • Earth bond test
  • Insulation test
  • Flash Test
  • Documentation

When an appliance passes the P.A.T. a safety certificate is issued and attached to the appliance indicating compliance. The retest date is attached and a report is issued for the tested appliance.

After completion of P.A.T. testing you will receive a full report of portable appliances tested, including the following:

  • You will also be presented with a Company Register of Portable Appliance Testing. This will provide information on each appliance in each department (it will also help to keep track of all portable appliances in your company).
  • Each appliance that passes inspection and testing will receive a GREEN safety sticker showing all visitors your serious obligation to Health & Safety issues. In the case of failure a RED sticker is issued.
  • We will advise your employees regarding the safe use of portable appliances with the added intention to increase the lifespan of your appliances saving you money!
  • We offer a reliable and friendly aftercare service ensuring you are satisfied with the service you have received.
  • We provide annual contracts reminding our clients when their next testing is due.

For more information on PAT Testing contact Carraig Safety Consultants
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