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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Portable Appliance Testing?

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is an important part of a company's or individual's responsibility to health and safety. This is done using a series of specialised testing procedures on your portable appliances.

 

Why should I use Birmingham PAT Testing to complete my PAT testing?

We pride ourselves on tailoring our service to our clients needs and we believe in being up front about how we do business. Our customers don't get a nasty shock when they get the bill as our prices are all-inclusive and we don't charge extra for things like replacing incorrect fuses or rewiring plugs.

 

What does a PAT test consist of?

We start with a visual inspection checking for:

Then a series of tests (depending on the class of equipment), they may include

 

What is classed as a portable appliance?

A portable appliance is any equipment which is powered between 40 and 240 volts and which is connected to the electrical mains through a plug (usually 13 amp) but we are also able to test both 110 volt and 240 volt wet weather equipment. This includes computers, laptop power packs, printers, fans, wireless routers etc.

 

Do I have to get my equipment PAT tested?

The law states that all equipment must be in a safe condition and fit for use. See Regulation 4 (2) of the Electricity At Work Regulations 1989

With a regular maintenance schedule in place, PAT Testing ensures that all equipment is safe and fit for use.

In the Health & Safety At Work Act 1974, all employers have a legal duty to provide safe plant and equipment and every employer must ensure that equipment must be maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and good repair.

 

How often do my appliances have to be PAT tested?

This will be dependant on your company's risk assessment and maintenance schedule. If your company does not have these documents for PAT testing we can help with this.

 

Does PAT Testing affect our insurance cover?

Insurance companies assume that when giving insurance cover to a business, the owners of that business are complying with all regulations necessary. An insurance company may reduce, delay or even refuse to pay on a claim for damage if an appliance that has not been tested has caused the damage.

 

Which areas do you cover?

We PAT test throughout the Midlands, including Birmingham, Coventry, Redditch, Stratford, Leamington, Worcester, Solihull, Wolverhampton, Dudley, Tamworth, Redditch, Bromsgrove and many more.

 

How much will my PAT testing cost?

Our minimum call out is £40.00 which covers up to 30 items.

It is then £1.20 per item up to 100 items,

For over 100 items it is 99p per item,

For over 150 items, please call or email for a free, competitive quote.

If you can find a cheaper quote from another company give us a call and we may be able to beat it.

 

How long will the testing take?

We can do between 40 and 60 electrical tests per hour, this is dependant on access and availability of the items.

 

Will the testing be disruptive?

During Portable appliance Testing we try to minimise any disruption by only disconnecting items as we test them. We can work outside of business hours or at weekends if this helps.

 

Will we need to power down our server?

For server equipment we usually do visual checks so they do not have to be turned off. Some server equipment can also take a long time to start up so is very disruptive especially if you have employees accessing data or if you host websites.

 

Birmingham PAT Testing LLP

Email: Karen@BirminghamPatTesting.com  -  Phone: 0845 094 1316 or 0121 244 8789  -  Mobile: 07905 314 088 or 07789 686 093

 

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