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In-service Equipment Inspection & Testing (PAT)
Scope | Requirement for Testing | Client's responcibilities | Frequency of checks

In-service electrical equipment includes fixed equipment as well as portable appliances.

All portable and fixed electrical equipments should be inspected and tested at intervals. These include equipments such as electric kettles which are portable, and wall-mounted hand driers which are fixed equipment. There are several defined equipment categories but their inspection and testing is often collectively referred to as Portable Appliance Testing or PAT

Requirement for Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
Ever since the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 came into force in 1990 and the Health & Safety at Work Act in 1974, every business has to be electrically safe for use by their staff, customers and the public.

Electrical equipment should be maintained and checked regularly to ensure it is safe and in good repair. In particular, managers (and others, such as landlords) responsible for electrical equipment maintenance should ensure:

  • Equipment is maintained in a safe condition
  • Information is available to equipment users to ensure safety
  • Safe procedures for inspection and testing are used
  • Records of inspection and testing are maintained

Kingpin Electrical is able to undertake inspection and testing of all types of in-service equipments. Our tests and reports are accepted by major insurance companies, health & safety executive and licensing authorities.

We will work closely with you to fit in with shut-down periods/ holidays (if required) to reduce any disruption to your workplace and can often combine these tests with inspection and testing of the electrical installation.

Our experience is supported by our continuing membership of the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contractors (NICEIC) as an Approved Contractor since 1998. We are approved PAT and In-service Equipment testers.

The NICEIC Approved Contractor Scheme is accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service
(UKAS) to EN 45011 - General requirements for bodies operating product certification systems. Accreditation ensures that the scheme is operated with independence and integrity and that it focuses on quality and safety.

An In-service Equipment Inspection and Test will:

  • reveal if any circuits or equipments are being overloaded
  • find any potential electrical shock risks and fire hazards in the equipment
  • identify any damaged or otherwise defective equipment
  • highlight any lack of earthing or bonding or poor insulation

As required each item of equipment will be labelled to clearly indicate PASS or FAIL.

What do you get?

  • Compliant in-service electrical equipment Inspection and Test Report
  • Schedule of equipment tested and Test Results and recommended re-test date
  • List of rejected equipments giving reason for failure and action taken or to be taken.
  • Professional technical advice from a qualified engineer
  • Peace of Mind

We use standard spread-sheet type software systems to provide you with an accurate, high quality, full colour and readable report which can be emailed to you as a PDF file or posted as a hard copy report.

Client's Responsibilities
Required information
It is essential that the electrician inspector knows the extent of the equipments to be inspected and tested, and its location. Enquiries should be made to the person responsible for the electrical equipment with regard to the provision of lists of equipment or previous test results.

Routine Checks
Electrical equipment should not be left without any attention for long periods. Informal inspections should take place before each use, often by the user, and formal recorded visual inspections may be advisable at regular intervals between formal Tests.

In domestic and similar premises it is presumed that the occupier will soon notice any breakages or excessive wear and arrange for precautions to be taken and repairs to be carried out.
In other situations, there must be arrangements made for initiating reports of wear and tear from users of the premises. This should be supplemented by routine checks.

Frequency of checks and inspections
The frequency of these checks and inspections will depend upon the nature and use of the equipment and of the premises. Recommendations are given in the IEE guidance notes and Kingpin Electrical can advise in your particular circumstances.

Scope | Requirement for Testing | Client's responcibilities | Frequency of checks
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Sample results sheet from our PAT Test Report
HSE PAT frequency of tests table

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