Don't waste money on traders that only supply pat testing, we always perform formal visual inspections along with user checks beforehand.

The Importance of Competent  Inspection and Testing to Help Reduce Risk

The Law states that all electrical systems must be maintained to prevent danger and that Duty Holders should take ALL practicable steps to do this

See Regulation 4 of The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.

However, the presence of a pat testing label does not necessarily mean compliance. As part of the service your provider should complete a 'formal' inspection and be sufficiently trained to do so.

Substandard, damaged, exposed conductors, incorrect fuse/cable ratings,mis-use and environmental issues account for approximately 90% of failures and can pass the pat test.

Pat testing is a slang term for in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment. We have to advertise under pat testing because it is a term so well known and is what most people search for on Google.

What is Pat Testing?

Pat or pa testing is an acronym for portable appliance testing but not just portable appliances should be inspected and electrically tested. Handheld, stationary and transportable equipment will need to be inspected as they too are electrical systems as mentioned in the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and there should also be an inspection and test for fixed equipment and the buildings electrical installation to help determine if maintenance is required.

There are no standards in pat testing to date only guidance and there are no pat testing regulations although some companies would have you think otherwise. The Health and Safety Executive offer guidance (hsg107) as an example and the IET provide a Code of Practice. We work in accordance with both and they encourage 'risk based' inspection and testing.

We offer 'risk based' inspection and testing and can help you determine frequencies of testing. After all it is ultimately up to you to decide how often.
We may be able to save you money by recommending risk based frequencies for low risk areas. Depending on detailed test results.
We provide detailed combined inspection and electrical test results (not just a few ticks or pass/fail) which may provide evidence in cases of negligence with a certificate of inspection/testing for your insurance and accreditation.

In short we help businesses large and small to comply with legislation and can repair minor faults free of charge as we go along, but it is up to you the Duty Holder to interpret test results, to decide if further maintenance is required and to determine inspection and testing frequencies although we can offer qualified assistance as a third party.

Please be diligent when choosing your risk assessor there will always be somebody cheaper but make sure its not at your expense.

Always ask if your inspector is trained to APAT Standards would they know what to look for when checking the fuse?
  • Counterfeit or substandard electrical appliances are quite commonly found by our inspectors. The formal visual inspection is arguably the most important part of the process and can be missed by companies that offer pat testing alone.

Please contact us for further information on 'pat testing',  formal inspections, user checks, certification and what to expect from a Professional Pat Testing Company.

WORKSAFEPAT Ltd Registered in England and Wales 07443372 Ty Menter - Parc Navigation - Abercynon - CF45 4SN

Telephone 01443 403430