PAT TESTING BIRMINGHAM
Whether you’re a school, college, airport or an SME and require our PAT Testing Birmingham services – we can help. Whatever the size or needs of your business, even if you’re a large commercial premises in need of a full health and safety partner – we can help.
We operate throughout Birmingham and it’s surrounding areas including Bromsgrove, Redditch, Worcester and even into Warwickshire.
PAT TESTING PRICES FOR BIRMINGHAM, BROMSGROVE AND REDDITCH
We provide an easy to understand pricing structure. Starting at only £50 for up to 50 appliances. For more than 400+ items please call us on: 07711037245 for a custom quote. Please note that the more appliances you have, the greater the savings.
Check out the table below for an easy to understand pricing table.
|Number of items to be PAT tested||Price per item*|
|Over 400||Get in touch for a quote|
WHAT IS PAT TESTING?
Portable appliance testing (PAT) is a safety check of all electrical appliances with a plug in compliance with and health and safety law. It is the the responsibilty of business owners to ensure the electrical equipment they provide is safe for use. PAT testing your electrical appliances is also a good control measure to add to your workplace fire risk assessment as it shows the business owner has took a proactive approach to health and safety in the workplace.
PAT testing should only be carried out by a trained and competent person. The PAT test consists of a visual inspection of the plug and the equipment it feeds. This is done by opening up the plug and checking the wiring and the fuse whilst also inspecting the equipment for burn or scorch marks. If the appliance has an earth it will be tested through a special PAT test machine as a class 1 item. Appliances without an earth are tested as a class 2. Leads, extension sockets and multi-sockets are tested separately.
Once PAT testing has been carried out, you should then have an equipment register of all the tested electrical appliances at your place of work along with the test results and a PAT test certificate.
PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING BIRMINGHAM IN DETAIL
We guarantee that each PAT test is undertaken with very utmost care and attention. Redlander PAT Testing currently services the City of Birmingham, Bromsgrove and Redditch. We are also available in the greater West Midlands region. We are City & Guilds qualified, meaning you can trust our services.
WHAT WILL YOUR PAT TEST INCLUDE?
- A visual inspection of the appliance, flex and plug top itself. We will look for signs of over heating and damages.
- Each plug top is opened. We will then inspect the fuse and tighten up any loose connections.
- Electrical tests. We will put each of your appliances through a series of tests. These will ensure that they’re properly earthed and insulated.
- Labels. We will put a label on each appliance indicating either a pass or a fail, including a test date, retest date and an appliance ID.
- Records. Redlander PAT Testing Birmingham will issue a detailed record for each appliance that has been tested. This will include an inventory summary.
WHAT AREAS DO WE COVER?
We offer our PAT Testing services throughout Birmingham, Bromsgrove and Redditch. We can also cover the West Midlands, but mileage may be incurred depending on distance.
Each of our PAT Tests include the following:
WHO CAN PAT TEST?
The IEE code of practise 4th edition states that in order to carry out Portable Appliance Testing, the tester must be competent. In order to be competent you must have the combination of training, skills, knowledge, experience and the ability to apply them to perform a task safely. This can be achieved by completing the City & Guilds course 2377-22 In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical equipment level 3.
Some businesses and companies may opt to train somebody in-house and send them on a training course. However, this isn’t always economically viable. An full course will take three days to complete, then there is the cost of buying all the machinery, adaptors and PAT test labels.
You run the risk of loosing that trained person in the future and an inexperienced PAT tester will take nearly three times longer to test all of the electrical appliances and so productivity is greatly reduced whilst they are busy PAT testing. This is why a lot of business owners pay experienced and trained PAT testers to test all of their electrical appliances as this causes less disruption to operations.
WHAT NEEDS PAT TESTING?
This is not as complicated as it sounds. Basically, any electrical appliance that has a plug and is intended to be connected to a wall socket or generator needs to be PAT tested. This includes items such as all I.T equipment, kettles, hair dryers and radios. It includes bigger items such as fridges, photocopiers and vending machines.
All 110v volt equipment most commonly found on building and construction sites needs to be PAT tested to. Items that run off of a battery such as laptops and drills do not need to be PAT tested but the battery chargers will need to be.
To be PAT tested, the electrical appliance will need to be switched off so that the plug can be opened and inspected as well as tested on a PAT testing machine. This is not always possible for some equipment such as computer servers and CCTV equipment. In this case it is advisable to get these items PAT tested during a shutdown or maintenance period.