PAT Testing

ASM Electrical are able to offer PAT testing in Taunton and the South West. We have years of experience in PAT testing appliances and have worked with a wide range of businesses from Schools and Colleges to Retail Stores and Garages ensuring their appliances are electrically safe.

Why should you PAT Test appliances?

  • The Law requires all businesses regardless of sector to maintain the safety of all electrical appliances, including those in public areas.
  • Any faults with electrical equipment will be corrected ensuring productivity of appliances.
  • The testing of appliances will highlight the faults that may not be visibile but could cause serious harm.
  • The efficiency of devices and appliances can be greatly improved by ensuring they are operating correctly (and safely).
  • Many insurance companies are now demanding that PAT testing of appliances is carried out.
  • Piece of mind knowing that you are safeguarding against possible risks to not only the users of the machines but your business.

The legislation that covers pat testing is the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 puts the duty of care upon both the employer and the employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises. This also includes the self employed.

Danger that can occur in portable appliances?

Appliances in the workplace often experience heavy usage. However, it is not only the heavily used and maintained appliances that can fail – we have seen appliances that look brand new fail PAT testing because of a variety of reasons including;

Incorrect fuse rating inside the plug – this can result in the item failing to switch off if a fault occurs.

Lethal wires in the plug exposed, wires that are frayed or not tightened to the connections properly put users at the risk of electrical shock.

Some appliances have the requirement to be earthed (those with metal casings). Broken or incorrectly fitted earthing straps can cause danger if a fault occurs within the appliance.

Regular inspection and maintenance of appliances is not only highly recommended but a legal requirement to reduce risk.

How often should I PAT test my appliances?

The frequency of testing / inspection is dependant on the type of equipment and the business / environment it is used in. For example, a hammer drill used on a construction site should be examined more frequently than a lamp in a bed an breakfast. Contact us for advice and guidance on suggested frequencies of inspection for PAT testing.

PAT Testing Reports

On completion of the testing you will be issued with a safety certificate and a detailed report will be emailed to you (including all PAT tested items).
All items that pass the inspection & testing will be labelled with a safety sticker to help you keep track of all appliances and date of Test.

What happens to electrical appliances that fail PAT testing?

Minor faults found during the course of the Inspection will be repaired as and when they are found, the appliance will then be re-tested. For more serious faults a quotation will be given to resolve the issues found.

How much does PAT testing cost?

Depending on the number of devices and location we can offer a fixed-price, free quotation for all of your appliances.