In-service Inspection & Testing of Electrical Equipment -
Duty holders’ responsibility to make sure all Fixed and Portable appliances such as transportable appliances/equipment, hand-held appliances, stationary equipment, IT equipment and microwaves are in a safe and suitable condition for use and complies with current legislation.
Landlord's PAT Testing
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Test) is the inspection of electrical appliances to ensure they are safe. Most faults can be found from a visual examination of the electrical appliance, but some defects can only be found with a PAT or Multifunction Tester.
During the tenancy, all electrical appliances should be fit for purpose. The tenants are at much less risk than ordinary household appliances are in good condition or regularly replaced.
So why do we recommend the PAT TEST? If your tenant is harmed by a tested and approved appliance you have provided – you can show that they did everything reasonably practicable to ensure their safety and the PAT Test is cheaper than replacing household appliances.
Please check our FAQ section below for further information.
In-service Inspection & Testing of Electrical Equipment
This includes the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, the Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment, and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
The use of untested appliances may also invalidate your insurance. Although it may seem similar to user checks, visual inspections are a predetermined testing procedure that should be regularly completed.
Cavendish Electricals & Services Limited is competent, qualified and registered by NAPIT to carry out Combined Inspection and Testing on all of your equipment to ensure that they comply with the latest regulation and meet with the H&S requirements.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What Is PAT Testing?
PAT stands for Portable Appliance Testing. Now it is called In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment. There are two parts of it and it is called Combined Inspection and testing. In the first part, we are examining the electrical appliance to detect faulty electrical equipment so they can be fixed to prevent any accident. In the second part we use PAT Testing or Multifunction Tester to carry our Earth Leakage, Insulation Resistance and Earth Continuity (Earth Bonding) test.
Once the PAT has been completed, all appliances will be labelled with a "passed" or "failed" tag which will include the test date along with the appliance ID number.
What Electrical Items Need To Be PAT Tested?
As per general ‘rule of thumb’ for PAT testing is that anything that has an electrical plug and can be moved should be tested. General household items should be tested regularly are:
Microwaves and portable grills
Toasters and Kettles
Coffee machines and Milk Frrothers
TVs and Desktop Computers
Table and StandingLamps
Larger or built-in appliances such as fridges, freezers, washing machines, tumble dryers and dishwashers, may seem like a fixed appliance (FAT Test), but for testing purposes, they are considered portable because they have a plug. Similarly, some items that are fixed to a surface but have a plug socket, like a heated towel rail, also fall under the PAT testing recommendations.
Extension leads are another frequently tested item as they are a common safety hazard. Realistically, extension leads should be avoided where possible – but if you do provide your tenant with any, it’s wise to get them tested.
How Often Should Landlords Carry Out A PAT Test?
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) doesn't provide a specific timeframe for how frequently PAT tests should be carried out due to the main reason as each environment and appliance calls for different measures.
It’s good practice for landlords to have all your appliances PAT tested before the new tenants arrive. Generally, smaller appliances should be tested every two years and larger items like fridges and washing machines should be tested in four-year intervals.
What Is The Legal Requirement For PAT Testing?
PAT testing is not a legal requirement in the UK. Although, employers are required by H&S (HSE) law to ensure that their electrical equipment is in good working order and will not pose a risk to the employees that are using it, and to standardise a Combined Inspection and Testing on all of your equipment is one of the best Health & Safety Practise.
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