PAT Testing Explained

One of the main myths about PAT testing is that when a company receives it’s PAT certificate, it means that everything in their place of work is safe – it doesn’t necessarily mean that, although it SHOULD. Duty holders and responsible people within an organisation should ensure that proper visual checks are being carried out on leads particularly, as some PAT engineers are in a race to notch up as many tests as they can in a day due to low unit prices being offered. A busy workstation with inaccessible leads and difficult partitions cannot be tested in double quick time without sacrifices to quality inspections. We would suggest that 100-130 tests a day per engineer is a good figure. Remember, do you want SAFETY, or COMPLIANCE? The answer should be BOTH!

PAT testing does not need to be carried out necessarily every year, it is you, the duty holder or responsible person, who makes that decision, based on the type of appliances, environment, budget, and so on. A blanket test may suit the budget, or just be easier, even though some of those appliances may not need an annual test, simply because by having a company in to test only certain appliances, could in fact be more costly over time, from call outs etc., and it is more difficult to keep records. KTS Ltd is happy to quote for whatever is required in this regard, for example a part test in an office environment.

In-house PAT testing is carried out by some organisations. Assuming the person carrying this out is competent, this is fine, but even with a 2377 City & Guilds certificate; the person may not be competent if only testing 1 or 2 days per year, rather than testing regularly.