Unlike the an EICR, PAT testing in London is not a legal requirement. However, it is highly recommended because it is an effective way to prove that you are doing your legal obligations as a landlord or an employer. Through PAT tests, you can guarantee that all electrical appliances in your business premises or property are safe to use and properly maintained—and that you are therefore complying with the law’s requirements to keep your employees and tenants away from danger.
The following are the regulations you will meet if you get PAT testing in London:
- Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974
- Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999
Although any competent person in your staff can do the routinely inspections of appliances, it is still best to give this job to a qualified electrician. You can find plenty of third-party providers offering London PAT testing. They can issue your PAT test certificate.
So what can you expect during the inspection? PAT testing in London typically involves the following steps:
- Visual inspection of portable appliances
The first step in PAT testing is a visual check-up. Electricians inspect portable appliances as well as all stationary appliances, computers, cables, and chargers. A visual check-up involves inspecting of the outer parts of the appliances (including flexible cables) for any signs of wear and tear.
- In-depth check-up using PAT testing equipment
Because some signs of wear and tear cannot be seen with the human eye, a more in-depth inspection is necessary. This time, the electrician will use special equipment to test the earth continuity, lead polarity, and insulation resistance of the appliances.
- Marking of appliances
At the end of PAT testing, the electrician places stickers on every appliance that has passed the test. Stickers are also placed on those that failed to pass the test. That way, you’ll know what needs to be repaired and replaced.