Cleveland Fire Support Network offers a professional service in Portable Appliance Testing (P.A.T Testing).
A friendly service from competent volunteers, with an itemised inventory for insurance purposes.
As a Charitable Organisation we support our partner groups by offering discounted rates for all third sector organisations. We do not discriminate on the number of items you need testing and would be more than happy to give you a quotation with no obligation.
Please contact 01642 288009 for further information or to book an appointment.
P.A.T Testing – 2015 Best Practice and Legal Requirements
The Law States:
‘That you must maintain equipment if it can cause danger, but the law does not say how you must do this or how often; you should decide the level of maintenance needed according to the risk of an item becoming faulty, and how equipment is constructed.
You should consider:
- The increased risk if the equipment isn’t used correctly, isn’t suitable for the job, or is used in a harsh environment, and
- If the item is not double insulated, for example some kettles are earthed but some pieces of hand-held equipment, such as hairdryers, are usually double insulated’.
HSE Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
‘Schools / Colleges – All Class 1 equipment should be P.A.T tested annually, Class 2 equipment should be tested every 48 months’. P.A.T testing U.K. (2015)
As a College, it is a requirement under your insurance providers that students are safe from harm and that all necessary steps are taken to ensure their safety is paramount; with this in mind and being mindful of the various regulations and legislation within Law that all equipment utilised by students is tested annually.
In relation to back office equipment, administration services etc., this equipment dependant on usage could be tested either every 24 months or 36 months. This is the decision of the employer as they are liable under Law; ‘although P.A.T. testing itself is not required by Law, the consequences of electrical faults should be considered carefully’.
P.A.T testing U.K. (2015)
‘Offences committed under The Electricity at Work Regulation (1989) may be liable for £20 000 fines for each offence in Magistrates Court and unlimited fines / prison sentences in Crown Court’.
Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (2007) April 2015
Please note; we work throughout the Cleveland area, for any work outside of this area an adiitional fuel charge may be charged.