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A Guide To Commercial PAT Testing – Everything You Need To Know

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A Guide To Commercial PAT Testing – Everything You Need To Know

Your frequently asked questions about commercial PAT testing answered! Expert knowledge from electrical compliance specialists here at Volta Compliance. Book your site survey today.

Our experts at Volta Compliance bring you your complete guide to PAT testing. Here we answer your frequently asked questions and provide you with everything you and your business need to know about commercial PAT Testing.

For instance, do you know the PAT testing legal requirements for business? We know it can sometimes seem confusing, but we’re here to help.

Got a question for us? Get in touch!

What Is Commercial PAT Testing?

Whether you are a new business owner or seasoned director, electrical compliance should be a priority.

Here are a few quick points you need to know:

  • PAT stands for Portable Appliance Testing but is commonly referred to PAT testing. It can also be known as PA Testing.
  • Commercial PAT testing electrical appliances are given a routine inspection to determine their safety.
  • Industrial and commercial premises are expected to undertake measures such as industrial PAT testing to prevent danger in the workplace.
  • Industrial PAT testing is an important part of electrical compliance; it is vital that your business carries out routine inspection to ensure the safety of employees, visitors and your premises.

What Are The Pat Testing Legal Requirements For Business?

PAT testing itself is not a legal requirement. However, the Electricity at Work Regulations require, in Regulation 4(2), that:

“As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger.”

It is a legal requirement that you effectively maintain electrical equipment on your business premises to ensure it is as safe as possible.

The quality and frequency of maintenance should be sufficient to prevent danger so far as is reasonably practicable.

What Needs To Be Done To Comply With The Relevant Requirements Of The Electricity At Work Regulations?

The requirements of The Electricity at Work Regulations can be met by:

  1. Performing in-service inspection and testing
  2. User checks
  3. Formal visual checks (without tests)
  4. Combined inspections and tests
  5. Performing maintenance or, if necessary, replacing the defective item of equipment and
  6. Keeping up to date records that can be a means of showing compliance.

For more information on the rules and regulations surrounding industrial PAT testing, you can find out more from official government health and safety guidelines here

How Often Do You Need To Undertake Industrial PAT Testing?

As there is no legal limit on how often you should undertake commercial PAT testing, your commercial electrician can assess how frequent PAT testing should be for your business.

You can refer to the IET code of practice for In-Service Optimisation And Testing Of Electrical Equipment to find out about the recommendations and regulations of when and how to carry out your PAT test.

Your inspection routine will depend on whether your work environment is high or low risk; how often you use a portable electrical appliance and the types of appliances you use often.

For example, a business that uses power tools is more likely to need frequent inspection to prevent danger than a microwave in an office staffroom.

For specific guidelines on inspection frequency for different kinds of portable electrical equipment, click here.

Why Volta Compliance?

We can carry out your commercial PAT testing as a single or contract solution to prevent danger on your premises.

Our experienced team specialise in industrial and commercial electrical compliance and can advise you on how often you need to undertake your inspection – get in touch with us here.

We can even remind you when your inspection is due and carry out your industrial PAT testing with minimal disruption to your business.

Here at Volta Compliance, we have accomplished over 410 projects – that’s over 1640 certificates of compliance!

Contact us for your free site evaluation today!

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Richard Carr Volta Compliance
Richard Carr
Managing Director
Richard is the Director of Volta Compliance. He is a fully qualified approved electrician graded with the JIB. Richard has over 20 years electrical experience working on commercial and industrial installations.