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Electrical Hazards in the Workplace

Electrical hazards are abundantly present yet often overlooked within many workspaces. Given the ubiquity of electrical appliances, consistent testing is fundamental to mitigate the risk of injury and uphold safety standards. PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) emerges as an indispensable practice for ensuring these ‘silent’—yet potentially lethal—electrical threats are identified and rectified before they culminate in dire consequences. Ensure your safety comprehensively.

Understanding PAT Testing

PAT Testing, or Portable Appliance Testing, is a meticulous process that evaluates electrical equipment for safety through a series of inspections and electrical tests. It ensures that all electrical appliances comply with stringent health and safety regulations, thereby minimising the risk of electrical accidents. This systematic approach is integral in safeguarding employees, clients, and property from the pernicious effects of faulty electrical equipment.

The responsibility of conducting PAT testing must be placed in the hands of qualified professionals who possess the expertise to discern and diagnose potential electrical hazards. The regularity of PAT assessments—and the subsequent actions taken—are pivotal in maintaining a safe electrical environment, reaffirming an organisation’s commitment to safety and due diligence.

Basics of Portable Appliance Testing

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is a critical safety protocol, involving rigorous assessments of electrical appliances to prevent hazards. It evaluates function and integrity to ensure a secure electrical environment.

Effective PAT employs both visual inspections and advanced electrical testing to ascertain compliance with the latest safety standards. Any identified faults necessitate prompt rectification to uphold safety and regulatory conformity.

Annually, PAT Testing prevents numerous electrical incidents, safeguarding lives and property.

Frequent and consistent PAT, conducted by accredited professionals, is essential for detecting subtle and overt electrical defects. This practice sustains operational safety and mitigates risk, providing peace of mind in the ever-evolving landscape of electrical safety requirements.

Legal Requirements and Standards

Electrical safety in the UK is governed by stringent legislation and standards to ensure the protection of individuals and property.

  • The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 mandates that electrical systems be maintained to prevent danger.
  • The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 underlines the employer’s responsibility to ensure the safety of employees and the public.
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) stipulates that equipment must be suitable for intended use, safe for operation, and inspected regularly.
  • BS EN 62638:2010 is the British Standard for in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment.

Compliance with these directives is not merely good practice; it is an obligation. Adherence to prescribed protocols during PAT ensures that organisations meet their legal responsibilities.

Benefits of Regular PAT Inspections

Regular PAT inspections are an indispensable practice for verifying the safety and functionality of portable electrical appliances. They play a pivotal role in averting potential hazards, such as electrical shocks and fire risks, ensuring the well-being of users and safeguarding workplace environments from unforeseen electrical complications.

Consistent and thorough PAT inspections not only reinforce workplace safety but also substantiate legal compliance, demonstrating due diligence in the maintenance of electrical equipment. This can have significant financial implications, helping to mitigate against costly litigations and associated reputational damages that may arise from negligence.

Preventing Electrical Accidents

Ensuring the prevention of electrical accidents requires a systematic and rigorous approach to safety.

  1. Conduct Regular PAT Testing: Schedule Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) at appropriate intervals to detect any potential electrical safety issues.
  2. Implement Rigorous Inspection Protocols: Inspection should encompass visual checks as well as detailed instrument testing to ensure comprehensive safety assurance.
  3. Educate and Train Staff: Equip staff with the knowledge to recognise and report any signs of electrical wear and tear or malfunction.
  4. Maintain Accurate Records: Keep meticulous records of all tests and inspections for reference and compliance auditing.
  5. Use Qualified Professionals: Engage with certified engineers for PAT testing to guarantee proper conformance to safety standards.

Precision in PAT testing services is paramount for safeguarding against electrical risks. Fostering a culture of safety-conscious work practices is instrumental in minimising the likelihood of electrical incidents.

Commerical PAT Testing in your workplace
Compliance and Insurance Implications

Adhering to regulatory compliance through PAT testing ensures both legal and insurance criteria are met.

  • Maintenance of a defensible record of due diligence in the event of an incident.
  • Assurance that safety protocols are aligned with current legislation and standards.
  • Demonstration of a proactive commitment to electrical safety, potentially lowering insurance premiums.
  • Alignment with best practice directives for electrical maintenance and risk management.

Failure to comply may lead to severe legal and financial ramifications. Robust PAT testing demonstrates to insurers a tangible effort to mitigate risk, influencing policy terms favourably.

Selecting a PAT Testing Service

Choosing the appropriate PAT testing service requires careful consideration of the provider’s credentials and expertise.

  • Scrutinise adherence to the latest IET Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.
  • Opt for a service that epitomises “due diligence” and “technical proficiency” to secure your assets and personnel against electrical hazards.
Why choose PTS Compliance
  • Renowned for punctilious attention to the IET Code of Practice.
  • Bespoke service tailored to specific organisational needs.
  • Team laden with seasoned professionals adept in electrical safety.
  • Utilises cutting-edge technology and draws upon a wealth of experience.
Qualifications and Expertise
  • Technical team holds advanced qualifications in electrical safety and PAT testing.
  • City & Guilds certifications reflect rigorous training and standard adherence.
  • Engages in continual professional development to stay updated with industry standards.
  • Deep understanding of the IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.
Customised Service Plans
  • Plans tailored to align with specific demands and schedules of clients.
  • Flexibility in service delivery to adapt to changing operational landscapes.
  • Regular plan reviews to integrate updates from the latest industry standards.

PAT Procedure Explained

Pre-assessment is Critical
  • Thorough pre-assessment ensures all variables are considered.
  • Tailors the PAT strategy to individual needs.
Tailoring the Testing Process
  • Classify appliances into appropriate categories for different tests.
  • Conduct tests based on classifications to ensure compliance with safety standards.
Detailed Reporting and Follow-Up
  • Comprehensive reports provide clarity on equipment condition.
  • Documents serve as official records of due diligence for clients.

After-Test Documentation and Reporting

Precise record-keeping is paramount post-testing.

  • Timely reports offer valuable insights into equipment health.
  • Stringent data collation accompanies conclusive safety assessment.
  • Archiving and future access to records are streamlined.
  • Mitigate risks with systematised after-test evaluations.




    Our handy guide to PAT Testing


    • £99 minimum fee (Nationwide)

    Our national coverage prices for PAT testing are simple; we charge £99 which covers the first 40 items we test. This fee covers our qualified engineers coming to your premises and completing your testing requirements. Then our quality assurance team will then create a personalised asset register, NICEIC and insurance approved certificate.

    • £129 minimum fee for up to 40 items (London based)

    For London based PAT testing our basic price for the first 40 items is £129 which includes exactly the same as above but allows for extra travelling time to your premises and any congestion charging we incur.

    • Damaged plugs and fuses replaced for free

    Any normal 230v household/office plugs which are damaged or non-complying, and any faulty or incorrectly rated fuses are replaced at no extra charge.

    • Specialist plugs replaced at £9.99 each

    Damaged or non-complying 110v yellow plugs (often used in the construction industry) are replaced at a cost of £9.99 each.

    • No call out charges to travel to your premises

    At PTS Compliance we do not charge call-out fees to travel to your premises to undertake work, however, parking fees may be charged if on-site parking at your premises is unavailable.

    • Flat Rate fee from 70p per test

    After the first 40 items we PAT test; we charge a low, simple, flat fee for each item we test thereafter. Our flat fee’s start from just 70p per test depending on how many you have, so give us a call today and see how much we can save you from your previous testing prices.

    • Out of hours testing/servicing options available

    Working around your business requirements is our skill, we will even work throughout the night if that suits you. For a bespoke PAT testing quotation for overnight work, simply call or email one of our Account Managers.

    • Supply and fit of new plugs – just £3.99 each

    Supply and fit of new 230v plugs, where none were fitted previously, are charged at £3.99 each.

    • Microwave emission testing – just £5.95 each.

    Microwave emission testing involves checking seals for leakage and costs just £5.95 per microwave tested.

    • Express or multiple certification options available

    Need your certification urgently? We offer a same day certification option for an additional £10 charge, and are also able to offer multiple certificates or asset registers at extra charge (price on request).


    To book Portable Appliance Testing services or to discuss your requirements further give us a call on 0800 644 5400, email us at [email protected] or use our contact form.