Ensuring the health and safety of all your electrical installations is your responsibility. Hence, it makes sense to hire a registered and seasoned electrician that can test your domestic appliances and provide the right certification to prove that they are safe to use. The electrical installation certificate provides a report on the condition of your electrics and domestic appliances, too, and the type you will receive depends on the type and extent of the electrical installation work, the testing, and inspection that will be carried out.
PAT (portable appliance testing) is the electrical safety testing conducted on all domestic appliances, like hand dryers, ovens, hobs, and other fixed appliances. It covers all industries, including commercial, residential, and industrial properties. PAT is one of the crucial tests landlords must consider especially when they provide appliances to their tenants. The Health and Safety at Work act of 1974 requires landlords to have a reliable maintenance program, which should cover the testing and inspection of appliances especially when these are used by employees and tenants, or if they have been repaired or serviced. Hired electrical equipment must be tested and certified, too.
After a portable appliance test, domestic appliances must have their annual retest date indicated on each of them. That way, you can remember the last time they were tested and that you can be sure that the next one can be completed in a timely manner. This is considered good practice for you and your employees and customers. PAT for integrated portable appliances will be carried out using an Earth Test and a Visual. The test and certification declares that the electrical installation is safe to use at the time it became useful. They can be useful as basis for further testing and inspection, as they help reduce the need for exploratory work, which can be costly and time-consuming to complete. In case of fire or injury due to electrical installations, the certificates can serve as evidence that your installations have satisfied safety standards. This way, your liability can be minimised or eliminated.