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Business PAT Testing
Flame Energy provides essential Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) to business large and small across the country.
Our PAT testing service is carried out by qualiﬁed technicians who take the security of your business and people seriously.
We’ve tested many thousands of pieces of electrical equipment to ensure they’re safe. That level of experience gives you the peace of mind that comes from dealing with experts.
Our certiﬁed modern testing equipment ensures consistently accurate results and guarantees immediate regulatory compliance – minimising the risk of future business disruption or worse.
We know that businesses like to remain in the know when it comes to PAT testing. That’s why we provide a full report for every site we visit, logging each tested item individually.
Flame Energy is committed to excellent customer service. We pride ourselves on a fast response and keeping life simple. Just give us an idea of the number of items you need testing, and we can estimate the length of time we’ll need to spend with you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
PAT Testing is not a legal requirement; however, many insurance companies require PAT testing to be performed as it reduces the risk of Fire, and other electrical damages. If electrical equipment is not tested and causes harm, then insurance may be invalid due to lack of testing.
The longevity of your PAT test depends on the equipment being tested. If the equipment is being used on a daily basis then it will require a more frequent test, then equipment being used a few times a month. Whether the equipment is used in an office or being used on a building site will also change how often equipment needs to be tested as there are increased risks. There are 3 main criteria which determine the frequency of testing:
- The risk level of the working environment.
- The electrical class of the appliance.
- The category of the appliance.
There are 7 categories of appliance which should undergo PAT testing or, at the very minimum, a visual inspection. These include:
- Fixed appliances
- Stationary appliances
- IT appliances
- Moveable appliances
- Portable appliances
- Cables and chargers
- Hand Held appliances
The “employer” is responsible for making sure PAT testing is carried out. The “employer” is responsible for the health and safety of their employees.
If an item were to fail for any reason, then the PAT test engineer would place a “failed” sticker on the item. In the reports provided after all the PAT testing is complete the reading of all items will be included which will show how and why the item failed. Once you are aware of the failed item you may decide whether you want to purchase a new cable/plug/device in order to continue being a compliant business with health and safety laws.
Heavy penalties can be enforced if one does not comply with the Health & Safety at Work Act of 1974. Failure to comply with Electrical Regulations can lead to imprisonment, in its most extreme cases. Other penalties may include fines in excess of £20,000. You can read more information regarding the Health & Safety at Work Act of 1974 here.
No, you have to be certified in order to carry out PAT testing.
It is not a legal requirement however all business must make sure that the electrical equipment is safe and maintained and that records are kept.
There is no required safety testing but employers must make sure all equipment is safe for employees, customers and visitors. It is recommended to PAT test all equipment, whether it is new or second hand.