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Local PAT testing when and where you need it

Prime Electrical is at your service to provide PAT testing for all the appliances at your commercial or industrial site.

Electrical safety is no laughing matter. In the workplace, it’s a legal requirement for employers to ensure the equipment used by their staff is kept in good condition at all times. Regular PAT testing is a sure-fire way of doing so – and Prime Electrical are here to help.
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What is PAT testing?

Portable appliance testing, better known as PAT testing, refers to the inspection of all electrical appliance and equipment on a given premises to ensure that they remain in a safe and fully working condition.

PAT testing is especially relevant for owners of commercial or industrial properties, since business owners are required by law to guarantee that the equipment at their employees’ disposal does not present a risk to their health or safety.

Although the law does not explicitly state that obtaining a PAT certificate is necessary, it is an excellent method of keeping all electrical appliances in good working order and ensuring you meet the requirements of the law and your insurance policy. That’s why it’s highly advisable to carry out PAT testing on a regular basis.
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Leave it to the professionals

PAT testing can be carried out with the requisite knowledge and experience to do so.

While some appliances can be checked with a mere visual inspection, others will require a more thorough examination and test. For that reason, it’s a good idea to leave PAT testing up to the professionals.

At Prime Electrical, we have over 30 years of experience in testing all kinds of portable appliances across a diverse array of industries and businesses. Each of our engineers is Part P qualified and NAPIT accredited, meaning we can guarantee the highest standards when testing your equipment.

  • NAPIT approved and Part P qualified
  • Thorough PAT testing services offered for all kinds of premises
  • Efficient, affordable and reliable
  • More than 30 years of experience serving the Jersey community
  • All work is fully insured and guaranteed
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PAT testing FAQs

Read answers to some of the questions we are most frequently asked about PAT testing.

What kinds of appliances fall under PAT testing?

All appliances which are fitted with an electrical plug or a spur box are considered portable appliances and are suitable for PAT testing. In an office environment, typical equipment which are subject to PAT testing include computers, vacuum cleaners, kettles, microwaves and printers.

Is PAT testing a legal requirement?

According to the law, all employers must ensure that the equipment and appliances under their care are safe to use at all times. While the wording of the law does not explicitly state how these must be maintained, PAT testing is a robust method of guaranteeing their safety and functionality. Failure to conduct regular PAT testing (and keep records of the same) could make a company vulnerable to lawsuits and penalties.

What are the most common issues that PAT testing detects?

There are a variety of different problems that can be identified by PAT testing, but the most common include fraying, cuts or abrasions on the appliance cable, crooked pins or cracked casing of the plug, stains or burns on the appliance and unsuitable working conditions in its environment (such as damp, dusty or otherwise dangerous climates).

How often should I conduct PAT testing?

The frequency of PAT testing that an appliance demands will depend on how often it is used, the amount of power it consumes and its service record. For example, a vacuum cleaner that is moved around an office on a daily basis and which has experienced issues in the past will require more regular testing than a stationary computer. For guidance on how often to conduct PAT testing on your equipment, feel free to get in touch with Prime Electrical.
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