Bespoke systems are something which we design and install frequently for a range of LEV applications including woodworking, foundries, paint manufacturers, stonemasons, schools and chemical processes. All of our electrical systems are tested to BS7671 which ensures that our installations are:
- Fit for purpose
- Structurally sound
- Safe and protected against: electric shocks, thermal effects, overcurrent, voltage disturbances,
- Compatible with existing electrical equipment
- Maintained in a correct and appropriate way
We do an initial inspection of electrical equipment to ensure it is protected for safety purposes. We can then do periodic inspections and tests to make sure that the equipment is still safe for use.
What is PAT?
PAT, Portable Appliance Testing, is the examination of electrical equipment and appliances to guarantee that they are safe to use.
Do I need a PAT?
Although most defects within electrical equipment can be found visually there are some defects which can only be found through testing the equipment.
Is PAT required legally?
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 state that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. The Regulations do not specify what needs to be done, by whom or how frequently (ie they don't make inspection or testing of electrical appliances a legal requirement, nor do they make it a legal requirement to undertake this annually).
It is recommended that a PAT test is carried out every 4 years for stationary equipment. For high risk equipment it is recommended that the equipment is tested more frequently. In terms of labelling, whether it is tested is again not a legal requirement, nor do you need to keep a record. Labelling and record keeping can be useful for monitoring the effectiveness of the maintenance scheme and to show a scheme exists
What are the requirements for a PAT?
In terms of running the test there are three simple requirements for the test to be carried out successfully:
- You have the correct equipment for the test
- The person doing the test is able to use the equipment properly and appropriately
- The person running the test is able to understand the results
PAT testing is something that R&B Industrial can carry out.