Is Electrical Testing Different From PAT Testing?
If you mean fixed wiring testing, it is very different to a PAT testing contractor. Fixed wiring testing comes under the 17th edition fixed wiring regulations and involves testing the fixed wiring installation in a building using an Earth Loop Tester, an RCD Trip Tester and an Insulation Tester, none of which can be used to test portable appliances.
However, AA London Electricians use a ‘PAT Adaptor’ which will allow an insulation tester to perform a PAT Testing (Portable Appliance Testing) in London for domestic as well as Commercial PAT Testing company for offices Central London but it is limited to the earth continuity and insulation test only and it will not give a pass/fail indication; you have to check the actual reading for a pass. Similarly, a Portable Appliance Tester can’t be used to test fixed wiring.
PAT Testing Service Cost (£65+VAT up to 30 items) or £2 per item
Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing. However, it is essential to understand that visual examination is an essential part of the process because some types of electrical safety defect can’t be detected by testing alone.
A relatively brief user check (based upon simple training and perhaps assisted by the use of a brief checklist) can be a very useful part of any electrical maintenance regime. However, more formal visual inspection and testing by a competent person may also be required at appropriate intervals, depending upon the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used.
The frequency of inspection and testing depends upon the type of equipment and the environment it is used in. For example, a power tool used on a construction site should be examined more frequently than a lamp in a hotel bedroom. For guidance on suggested frequencies of inspection and testing, see: Maintaining portable and transportable electrical equipment.
New equipment should be supplied in a safe condition and not require a formal portable appliance inspection or test. However, a simple visual check is recommended to verify the item is not damaged.
It is strongly recommended that equipment suppliers formally inspect and test the equipment before each hire, in order to ensure it is safe to use. The person hiring the equipment should also take appropriate steps to ensure it remains safe to use throughout the hire period.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition.
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