Commercial inspection and testing including PAT testing

Commercial inspection and testing including PAT testing.

Bradley Stoke Electrical Ltd.  Our skilled electricians undertake PAT Testing (of portable electrical appliances) and electrical inspections of offices, commercial and industrial units in Bristol.

Our aim is to provide a quality and great value service right from the start, the first part of our service will be an estimate.

An estimate is always free of charge and will never be far away from the final price of the job, the estimate can also be provided in a broken down format so that you can see exactly what you are paying for.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

There is a legal obligation on employers, businesses and establishments dealing with the public to take reasonable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of electrical equipment. A regular program of inspection and PAT testing is required where portable electrical appliances are used by employees and the public.

What Electrical Equipment Requires PAT Testing

This is electrical equipment which is either hand held whilst being connected to the electricity supply, or is intended to be moved whilst connected to the electricity supply, or is capable of being moved without undue difficulty whilst connected to the electricity supply.

It is usual for this electrical equipment to be connected to the electricity supply via a plug and socket; however this is not a requirement for electrical equipment to be deemed portable or transportable.

Frequency of PAT Testing

The level of inspection and testing required is dependant upon the risk of the portable electrical appliance becoming faulty, which is dependant upon the type of appliance, how it is used and the environment in which it is used.

In general handheld electrical equipment are is higher risk than static equipment. The environment is an important consideration for example: offices, hotels and shops – might be considered low risk, schools and colleges – might be considered moderate risk, whereas factories and kitchens – might be considered high risk and construction sites very high risk. So in some situations a formal PAT test may be recommended every 3 months however it is more often carried out yearly.

Electrical Installation Condition Reports

All electrical installations should be tested regularly to avoid the risk of harm, injury or death from an electrical problem or fault.

Under current legislation (BS7671: 2008), the maximum periods allowed between Electrical Installation Condition Reports (Periodic Inspection Reports) is:

  • Commercial Installations – 5 years
  • Industrial Installations – 3 years
  • Buildings open to the public – 1 year
  • External Installations – 3 years
  • Caravan Parks – 1 year
  • Fire Alarms – 1 year
  • Short Term Installations – 3 months
  • Domestic Installations – 10 years or on moving house

However it may be appropriate to have a Electrical Installation Condition Report produced at other times such as if you are planning on moving home. The report is vital as it provides information on the condition of an existing electrical installation. The report details the findings and will recommend any work that needs to be done.

To find out more or request a quote

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