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EEMS Ltd

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PAT Testing Services

PAT Testing Training

EEMS Ltd provide services to Industrial, Commercial, Public and Privates sectors.

Subscribe to our one day Portable Appliance Testing training course at our training facility or on your site.

 

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PAT Testing Services

ImageWhat service do we provide?
What is Portable Appliance Testing?
What is the current legislation?
What is involved in Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)?
What is the regularity of testing?
Our courses
What to do now?

What service do we provide?


At EEMS Ltd we provide a full turnkey service that ensures all your appliances are safe for use.

We strictly follow the guidelines that are laid down in the IEE Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.

Staff are trained and certified to City and Guilds 2377 Parts 1 and 2 and as such are deemed to be competent in all aspects of the program.

In order to minimise disruption, our staff will contact you to arrange a visit and determine scope of work. It is important thereafter to ensure equipment can be made available for inspection and testing.

In particular it is worth noting that due to the investment in the latest PAT testing technology, we can now undertake testing on IT equipment without the need to power systems off. This is of particular benefit to offices who have a busy schedule and cannot afford downtime.

All equipment is uniquely identified using human readable barcodes and based on the guidelines, periods between inspection are set.

Record keeping is of vital importance in order to achieve effective management of your equipment portfolio.

All equipment will have both a hard and soft copy record available to the client. EEMS will manage your portfolio of equipment using these records and advise you on a prompt basis when re-verification is required.

All equipment undergoing inspection will have a PASS or FAIL label attached to the appliance. For passed equipment the date of next test will be appended. Failed equipment must be taken out of service until remedial action is taken. 

Avoid situations like this:

 

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Bare copper/damaged insulation/ failing grip

Our engineer came across this hazardous situation recently. This was immediately corrected and the Customer informed.

And yet another:

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Exposed conductors: potential short circuit

What is Portable Appliance Testing?

Portable appliance testing is a method by which electrical equipment is inspected and tested to ensure that it is safe to use.

The type of equipment that falls into this category typically includes everything that has a mains plug  or is held in the hand during use or equipment that can easily be moved from one place to the next whilst still connected to a mains supply.

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What is the current legislation?


There is an absolute responsibility of employers and self-employed individuals to make sure that the electrical equipment is safe for use. This is described under the Health and Safety at Work act (1974) and the Electricity at Work Regulations guidance (1989). Contained therein is the responsibility of the employer to take adequate steps to ensure that users of portable equipment are protected from both electrical shocks and fire hazards.

The law is quite clear that it is the responsibility of the employer (or self-employed individual) for ensuring the adherence to health and safety in the workplace.

In addition, Landlords also have the responsibility for ensuring that electrical equipment that they provide in their properties is safe for use. Subsequently these must be tested and verified as safe.

It is also worthy of note that many insurers insist that portable appliance testing be carried out.

In the unfortunate event of an accident in the workplace that could have been avoided where the employer had not taken reasonable steps to ensure safety of employees, then that employer may be found guilty of a criminal offence. Insurers will not compensate the insured for fees related to fines or compensation.

 

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What is involved in Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)?

Verification should be split into two main areas:

  • Visual inspection is of primary importance and should be conducted at intervals that reflect the overall usage of the appliance, age and the conditions in which the appliance is used. Many vital signs can be checked at this stage e.g. frayed or damaged cable, loose cable grips, indication of overheating etc. It is of extreme importance that these issues are corrected before the appliance is returned for use.

  • Electrical testing of the unit is performed to establish the safety critical properties of the appliance are intact so as to avoid any injury to the user either from shock or burning. The nature of each test depends on the type of appliance e.g. whether earthed or double insulated. IT equipment e.g. computers have to be tested under specific controlled conditions to avoid damage. EEMS Ltd are trained to undertake testing on all types of Portable Appliances.

 

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What is the regularity of testing?


There is no specific timeline for appliances in the Health and Safety regulations however guidelines are given by the IEE Code of Practice. The interval between tests is dictated by the type of appliance and its age and frequency of use. Please see the recommended frequencies for Inspection and Testing

 


What to do now?

The rest is simple. Simply contact EEMS Ltd by telephone or email. One of our representatives will then contact you to establish your requirements and provide a competitive quote. 

 

 

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