DBA PAT Testing

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  DBA PAT is one of the leading testing companies in the North West. Our professional services in commercial businesses and residential testing are unbeatable – on price, service excellence and convenience.

 

Did you know that a quarter of all electrical accidents involve portable appliances? And the Health & Safety Executive believes that most of these could be avoided with regular PAT testing.

 

DBA PAT provides a convenient, comprehensive and economical way of ensuring you comply with all the latest regulations including The Electricity at Work Act and The Health & Safety at Work etc Act (1974). Failure to comply can result in hefty penalties, fines and legal action. We are here to make sure that doesn’t happen and to keep you and your employees or tenants safe.

 

Our experienced, National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NIC EIC)-accredited engineers are fully qualified to carry out Portable Appliance Testing. We use the latest testing equipment to ensure our work is accurate and efficient helping us to take less time to carry out the tests and cause you the least amount of disruption.

 

Our testing complies with Electricity at Work regulations and the latest version of the Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE) Code of Practice.

 

Call us on 0161 773 1234 or 0707 1234566 or alternatively email us for more information and to experience our unbeatable service – giving you total peace of mind.

 

Landlords’ Legal Requirements

Employers’ Legal Requirements

What is a Portable Appliance?

Why is it needed and who is responsible for getting the testing done?

Keeping up-to-date records

Testing Procedure

 

If you rent out any residential accommodation (houses, flats, bedsits etc), you are required by law to ensure the safety of your tenants. If you have supplied your tenants with any Portable Appliances (mains powered cookers, kettles, washing machines etc), then you need to have regular PAT tests carried out.

 

You may face hefty penalties and fines, and your buildings and other insurances can be affected, if you do not comply with your legal requirements.


DBA PAT is highly experienced with tests in residential properties and our professional engineers ensure that your tenants are not inconvenienced by our visit. At the start of each tenancy we can test all the Portable Appliances in your property and keep detailed records of the tests, ensuring the safety of your tenants and your maintaining legal obligations.

We issue you with all the necessary documents following each test including an inventory of tested appliance, results and certificates of compliance. And for your peace of mind, these documents are kept by DBA PAT, so you don’t need to worry about a thing.

 

Portable Appliance Testing is a requirement For all Rented Properties. Failure to comply will result in Fines and insurances void

What can DBA do for you ?

  • Using the latest computerised equipment, one of our fully qualified engineers will carry a PAT test (Portable Appliance Test)
    on every electrical item you have supplied on the premises that is connected to the electricity supply with a plug.
  • Each appliance will be bar coded & date labelled to show it has been tested.
  • You will be supplied with the appropriate test certificate (digital versions available on request)
  • All test results will be held on our database for your protection and legal Purposes.
  • We will contact you prior to each annual tests / checks



PAT Compliance

 It is a statutory requirement and many insurance companies require the insured to comply with all current regulations. This includes the Electricity in rented accommoda-tion Regulations 1989, which state that "As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger 4(2)). "Electrical equipment includes anything used, intended to be used or in-stalled for use, to generate, provide, transmit, transform, rectify, convert, conduct, distribute, control, store, measure or use electrical energy." (Regulation 2(1)). The responsibility on the Landlord / agent to ensure appliances are safe is also covered by The Provision and Use of Equipment Regulations 1998. This states that "Every landlord shall ensure that equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided." (Regulation 4(1)). This in-cludes all electrical equipment (fixed, portable or transportable) connected to a source of electrical energy.

 

What Could Happen

Failure to comply with regulations will constitute a criminal offence, under the
consumer protection act 1987 which carries a penalty well into the thousands of pounds, and / or possible imprisonment. Landlords / Agents will also be sued in civil law under the duty of care act, for failure to ensure the safety of their Tenants.

 

As mentioned previously there are several separate legislation that specifically relate to electrical maintenance:

  •  Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974
  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  •  Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998




The Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974 places a ‘duty of care’ both on the employer and employee to ensure the safety of everyone using the work premises. This includes the self-employed.

The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 states “every employer shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of:

(a)the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work, and
(b)the risks to the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him of his undertaking.”

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 state: “As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger”

“System, means an electrical system in which all the electrical equipment is, or may be electrically connected to a common source of electrical energy and includes such source and such equipment”

“Electrical equipment includes anything used, intended to be used or installed for use, to generate, provide, transmit, transform, rectify, convert, conduct, distribute, control, store, measure or use electrical energy”

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 state: “Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided”

PUWER covers most risks that can result from using work equipment, but it is noted that this includes, but is not exclusive to, electrical equipment. And PUWER only applies to work equipment used by workers at work. This includes all work equipment (fixed, portable or transportable) connected to a source of electrical energy.

 

To help you assess your needs for Portable Appliance Testing, we offer a full and free consultation service at your premises or properties.

Although there is no definitive description of a Portable Appliance, the consensus of opinion generally describes these as “any electrical item which can or is intended to be moved whilst connected to an electrical supply” (quote from the National Association of Professional Inspectors and Testers).

Portable Appliance Equipment:

The following are examples of Portable Appliances:

  • Portable Appliance: weighing less than 18kg and used whilst moving or can be moved from one place to another (e.g. vacuum cleaner, food processor, kettle, toaster etc)
  • Movable (transportable) equipment: weighing less that 18kg and not fixed, on wheels or castors that can be moved to perform its use (e.g. air purifier/dehumidifier, electric fire).
  • Handheld: Portable appliances that are handheld whilst in use (e.g. hairdryer).
  • Fixed: Equipment or appliances that are fixed into position or secured in a specific location (e.g. bathroom heater)
  • Stationary equipment: weighing more than 18kg and not intended to be moved often (e.g. electric cooker (not built in), fridge freezer).
  •  Built-in equipment: appliances or equipment installed in a particular recess or location (such as a cupboard or within units). Usually not all the sides of this type of equipment can be seen (e.g. built-in dishwasher).
  • IT or computer equipment: electrical business appliances such as laptops, computers, photocopiers, fax machines etc.
 

 

DBA PAT recognises that it can be a minefield trying to keep up-to-date with the latest legislation and legal requirements. And with at least five different legislative regulations that specifically focus on electrical maintenance, we know how difficult that can be. Here are the main five:

 

  • Health & Safety at Work etc Act 1974
  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

 

Employers and landlords are responsible for ensuring that the electrical equipment that is supplied to employees or tenants is safe to use and suitable for the purpose for which it is supplied. They are also responsible for the maintenance of the equipment and that means that regular, planned testing is the only way to ensure the safety of employees and tenants.

 

Because we maintain detailed, up-to-date records of test visits, including a full inventory of all tested appliances, DBA PAT can ensure your legal requirements and responsibilities are met giving you total peace of mind.

 

 

It is absolutely essential that proper, maintained records be kept for each PAT visit we carry out for our customers. DBA PAT ensures that your equipment is closely monitored to highlight potential faults and avoid accidents. Your records are kept confidentially in our system and we will automatically schedule regular PAT visits (usually annually) to keep you inline with your legal requirements.

After each test you will be issued with the following documentation, copies of which are also kept on our system:

  •       Appliance Register – a log of all appliances and equipment tested.
  •       Pass Certificates – details of test results for equipment that passed testing
  •       Fail Certificates – details of appliances that failed the test and reasons/recommendations
  •       Display Certificate – for public display to show your compliance with electrical safety
 

DBA PAT makes your testing as simple and stress-free as possible. Our engineers are highly skilled both in their testing ability and customer services – that’s why we do everything we can to ensure we’re discreet and cause little or no inconvenience to you, your staff or tenants.



With DBA PAT your peace of mind is assured. Our Testing Procedure is clear and we always look for ways to make sure we cause minimal disruption during testing.



DBA PAT testing procedure



1.      Introduction and communication schedule

At the start of a test, our engineers will discuss and agree the schedule of testing, necessary equipment shutdowns and staff involvement with the Health & Safety Manager (or equivalent).



2.      Testing

Testing will include all electrical equipment and appliances (as described in What is a Portable Appliance?) and will be carried out under the IEE’s In-service Inspection and Testing Code of Practice.



3.      We will inspect:

  • - The Plug which will be opened to ensure the cable is secure and is correctly wired, the fuse is correct for the appliance and in good condition.
  • - The Flex to check for signs of damage, cuts and wear-and-tear.
  • - The Appliance to check its working order, that its on/off switch works and its casing for damage.




4.      The Tests

Polarity (on extension cables and supply leads)

Earth Continuity

Insulation Resistance

Operational Test

Earth Leakage



5.      Labelling

Each appliance that passes the PAT test will be “mark and seal” labelled with the Appliance ID and retest date. Any appliances or equipment failing the test will be labelled “DO NOT USE – Failed Safety Test”.



6.      Document Management

All documents will be issued after the completion of the test, usually within 5 working days. These include:



Appliance Register – a log of all appliances and equipment tested.

Pass Certificates – details of test results for equipment that passed testing

Fail Certificates – details of appliances that failed the test and reasons/recommendations

Display Certificate – for public display to show your compliance with electrical safety

 

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