PAT Testing Explained

PAT testing certificates are extremely important documents that should be retained for around five years as evidence that a routine testing regime has been maintained within your organisation. Your certificates should show your entire asset register, including leads. They should be detailed, and show plenty of information about each appliance, including results for all the tests.

Most importantly, details on failed appliances should be recorded. If your PAT testing company does not give you a written report detailing failed appliances and what action the engineer has taken to remove them from service, or at least report them to a responsible person, ask them why? This is part of the job.

Where health and safety is concerned, in the event of an accident or incident, you may be required to prove that you have taken all reasonably practicable steps to ensure the health and safety of employees, visitors to your premises and the general public. So we advise that you insist on detailed certificates, and recommend that you work with a business that will also retain these records as a back-up.  

Importance of qualifications

Many companies offering PAT testing services will state the importance of being NICEIC / ECA registered. Whilst this is something to look out for, we would suggest that competence and experience are even more important. As well having City and Guilds 2377 qualification, the engineer should regularly carry out this work, and know what he/she is doing! Some low cost companies may send an engineer who has had little on the job experience, leaving them unsure as to what test to carry out on some items. We do this work every day. Do not risk working with inexperienced engineers.

The risks of not having an up to date Certificate

The laws or recommendations, on testing frequencies for various types of appliances are varied, leaving you to decide how often you feel your appliances should be tested. However there are serious risks if you do not have a regime of testing that is regular. For example:

  • You may be in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 or the Construction and Design Management Regulations 2015
  • Your insurance policy may be invalidated
  • Any accident or incident that does occur could lead to prosecution by the Health and Safety Executive, or a private prosecution brought by an employee or individual
  • You could be subject to a fine or even imprisonment
  • You could be increasing the risk of fire at your premises
  • Fires and accidents cause serious injuries, contribute to loss of business, and damage your company's reputation

Act today, and call us on 01628 850650 to arrange a quotation.