P.A.T. portable appliance test templates
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P.A.T. portable appliance test
The average workplace has to carry out a number of important tests with the Portable Appliance Test, or the PAT, being one of the most essential. The PAT is a test that examines electrical appliances and determines if they are in a safe condition to be used. It is true to say that a lot of electrical appliances can be looked at and evaluated if they are safe to use but there are some issues and defects that can only be used through the use of testing. It is therefore important to combine physical testing and visual testing when examining electrical appliances.
It is possible to carry out these checks in a quick manner as long as there is someone in the firm who is competent with electrical appliances and has a checklist of what they should be looking for. This is where the use of PAT templates can speed up the process while ensuring you know what to look for. The use of templates to check elements that are similar in every workplace is a sensible move, and you should be able to find suitable portable appliance test templates online. Some specialist equipment, equipment used frequently or equipment that has a risk attached may need to be tested more regularly and to a higher standard, but on the whole, this should be a testing process that doesn’t impose on a business too much, while offering comfort and confidence to all users.
It is essential to ensure that all electrical equipment is maintained in safe condition to comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations Act of 1989. It should be noted though that the Regulations do not provide information on:
- What should be undertaken
- Who should undertake the work
- How often the test should be undertaken
This means that the PAT is not technically a legal requirement, not even on an annual basis, but it is something that businesses should be complying with, even just for good business practices.
Workplaces need to think about the equipment they use
It is difficult to say where and when equipment should be tested because there is such a wide variety of equipment that should be examined in a PAT. A workplace that utilises a number of power tools in a construction site should realise that they should be undertaking tests of their equipment on a more regular basis than an office tests desk-lamps.
Another issue with respect to the regulations surroundings portable appliances testing is that there is no requirement to properly label all equipment that has been tested and passed and similarly, there is no requirement to maintain a record of all equipment and its testing status. However, it should be seen that this would be a good practice element for a business. Maintaining records provides businesses with confidence and if any issues arise, knowing that that recording of the last time and date the item was checked allows a firm to determine if they were at fault through not checking their equipment on a regular basis.
Ensure to choose a competent person to test the equipment
As there is no legal requirement for a fully qualified professional to carry out the testing, workplaces can nominate a person, and it is probably best for a firm to have a number of employees who can carry out this role. While there is no need for the tester to be fully qualified to work with electrics, they should be confident and experienced in dealing with electrics. It may be in the best interest of a firm to ensure that person undertaking inspection has been trained in the use of the right equipment needed to carry out the test and has the ability to test the equipment and to properly record and understand the results.
PAT work may not have too much of an impact on the health and safety of employees, but it can help to ensure a workplace runs efficiently and effectively, which should be important for all businesses.
Portable appliance law and regulations
Portable appliance testing regulations do not specify what needs to tested or what needs to be done. However, the Electricity at Work Regulations
does require that electrical equipment that could cause harm is maintained in a safe condition.
Portable appliance safety further reading
A guide for low risk environments