What is PAT Testing?
Portable and fixed appliance testing, otherwise known as ‘in-service inspection and testing’ or most commonly as ‘PAT testing’ is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use.
Businesses must ensure that any electrical appliances capable of causing harm are safely maintained. JFN can make this a stress-free process by providing a professional and cost-effective testing service. As an ongoing solution, JFN optimise the frequency of testing to ensure compliance whilst maintaining cost efficiency.
Our fully qualified engineers deliver a cost effective service which covers:
- Visual assessments
- Fixed appliance testing
- PAT testing labels (pass/fail)
- PAT testing certificate
- Automated and instant reporting
- Retest of failed items (repaired on site and returned to service)
- Full inventory generated via software and available immediately
- Scheduled future testing based on testing frequencies required
- Fully qualified team (minimum of City and Guilds 2377) and enhanced DBS checked (renewed annually
Frequency of PAT Testing
The frequency of portable and fixed appliance testing varies depending on multiple factors including the type and location of the device.
Heavy industrial and high risk equipment may need to be tested as regularly as every six months, whereas some cables, leads, plugs, and stationary office equipment (e.g. desktop computers, photocopiers etc) may only need to be tested once every five years.
Thanks to the comprehensive, state of the art equipment and software employed by JFN, the frequency of tests can be optimised to ensure compliance whilst simultaneously maintaining cost efficiency.
JFN offers a fully managed inventory for all customers, including the scheduling of re-testing when required.
PAT Testing Requirements
The need to keep property and people safe from electrical faults lies at the heart of portable and fixed appliance testing. Testing upholds and maintains the safety of electrical appliances, helping to reduce and prevent electrical accidents.
All electrical equipment used in the workplace must be safely maintained in order to meet the legal requirements of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999. Portable and fixed appliance testing is a recognised method of inspecting and determining the safety of such appliances to ensure compliance with this regulation.
Relevant guidance documents relating to these requirements include:
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005
IET 5th Edition Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment
BS7671 18th Edition
Reasonable steps to reduce the risk of fire.
New guidance around the requirements for electrical safety management.
The latest British Standards Requirements for electrical installations.
All JFN PAT testers are qualified to a minimum of City and Guilds 2377
All JFN engineers are enhanced DBS checked annually
Raising industry standards with trade associations
Latest state of the art Apollo Seaward equipment used
Pass/fail stickers provided for all tested appliances
Certificate provided upon testing completion