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Portable Applicance Testing

The Health and Safety executive (HSE) estimates that approx 2000 fires are caused each year by faulty leads to appliances. Current Law dictates that for public areas all Portable Appliances are tested regularly to reduce the chance of both electric shock and fire hazard. We offer a comprehensive test facility for all portable appliances, identifying faulty units repairing as required and providing certificates for those items inspected.

What is Portable Appliance Testing?
Portable Appliance Testing is a process by which your equipment is inspected and tested to see if it is safe. Every year, about 30 people die from coming into contact with electricity, and many more are injured. About a quarter these accidents involve portable appliances. By testing items of electrical equipment, we should be able to spot faults before they have a chance to harm anyone.

What needs to be tested?
As a general rule, you should test everything with a mains plug. There are, of course, exceptions, but portable appliance testing does not, for example, involve testing the mains installation within a building. Confusion sometimes arises over appliances that are connected directly to the mains, especially large industrial equipment but also appliances such as hand driers in washrooms. Although these appliances may not come under the definition of 'portable appliance' they do still need to be checked - we can provide further advice in this case, and can organise inspections from specialist electrical engineers if required.

What if I buy something new?
New equipment does NOT need to be tested - providing that you buy your equipment from a reputable supplier. The testing that has been carried out by the manufacturer is in any case more strict that than which is carried out during a pat test. It's a good idea to make sure that every new appliance is added to your inventory so that it can be tested next time you have a routine check - but there is no reason why you can't use it it the meantime.



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