PAT Testing in Hampshire

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The health and safety body responsible for standards within the UK is the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 stipulate that any equipment that could potentially cause injury must be maintained in a safe condition, and PAT testing is an excellent way to do this. PAT testing is also recommended by a range of other health and safety regulations, such as the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. Find out

It is important to note that PAT testing is not a legal requirement, although many landlords and businesses do choose to carry out the tests because of a number of benefits that come with it. In addition, a PAT test certificate can prove invaluable in the event of any claim against you for fire damage caused by an appliance that has not been tested.

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Any electrical equipment that uses a plug and socket, or is connected with a flexible cable, qualifies as an appliance suitable for testing. This includes kettles, IT equipment, office appliances, televisions and display equipment, extension leads, photocopiers, and more.

The PAT testing process involves examining each piece of equipment for any signs of electrical problems or faults, including damage to cables and the plugs themselves. The results are recorded on a pass or fail certificate that is then attached to the appliance for future reference. While some simple ‘pass/fail’ testers are available for in-house use, the best PAT testers have advanced features such as an ability to download data to PC software, and labels that can be printed directly from the unit. Some advanced testers can even scan the results of RCD (resistance circuit breaker) tests automatically.