Reliable Durham PAT Testing Services
Caztec are a fully approved PAT Testers near you. We have been providing PAT Testing Certificates in County Durham for over 20 years and we offer a fast, friendly and reliable portable appliance testing service.
Qualified PAT Testers in Durham
As local electricians we cover a wide range of electrical testing and inspection services. To contact us for PAT testing prices please call 0191 541 2397 or email us here
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If you are looking for a reliable electrician to conduct Portable Appliance Testing in then Caztec is a local business with an outstanding reputation.
PAT testing is a legal requirement for employers to ensure the safety of staff when using portable electrical appliances. Caztec has been established for over 20 years and will provide professional PAT testing for your business at a reasonable cost.
“We have used the Caztec Group for all our electrical work for the last nine years. The company are professional and extremely competent.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this company to anyone. We have enjoyed great service and have a mutually beneficial working relationship
Maintenance Engineer, Rocket Medical
What Is PAT Testing & How often is PAT required?
Portable Appliance Testing depends on the type of equipment and how it is being used. If you have portable electrical appliances used within a low risk environment, for example lamps in an office, then you wouldn’t require it to be tested as often as equipment used on a construction site.
There are a number of factors that determine the frequency PAT is required and because each circumstance varies, it is important that a competent PAT electrician advises the required frequency after analysing the specific situation.
Factors that determine the PAT frequency:
- Equipment type
- How the equipment is used
- How often the equipment is used
- Competency/experience of people using the equipment
- Environment equipment is being used in
- Previous test results
- Age of equipment
- Recommendations provided by equipment manufacturer
Calculating PAT frequency for different environments
Whilst lower risk environments include Offices, Shops, Hotels and Nursing Homes it is still a legal requirement to have frequent inspections starting with a visual inspection every six months for handheld equipment and a combined visual inspection with testing every year (taken from the IET Code of Practice).
However, if you are responsible for any of the following, then you will have different approaches to consider:
How is PAT Testing performed?
PAT Testing should be performed by a professional electrician and preferably someone that holds City and Guilds certification. Using specialised PAT testing tools the expert then tests each portable appliance and ascertains whether it passes or fails the test.
Whilst PAT Testing kits are available to purchase for anyone, it is advised that you only perform your own PAT Testing if you have the relevant qualifications and experience to do so. The consequences of not effectively conducting PAT Testing are far worse than paying a relatively small sum to ensure it is undertaken professionally and competently.
How to indicate a Pass/Fail
All tested items are then labelled up with a Pass or Fail sticker, indicating the date of the test so that you can easily see how recently the test was taken. Any failed items should immediately be taken out of use.
Some common reasons for failing a PAT Test are:
- Incorrect fuse fitted in the appliance
- Damaged plug
- Plug pins not insulated effectively
- Damaged cabling/flex
Our experts at Caztec use their years of experience to provide accurate recommendations around the required PAT Testing frequency that are specific to each of our customers’ circumstances. Without this experience, it is practically impossible to accurately gauge how often your appliances require testing. Don’t take a gamble on your PAT Testing, get in touch with our friendly team of approved electricians who will happily provide any electrical services and advice that you need.
As well as providing the highest standard of quality in PAT Testing in Durham, our team at Caztec provide electrical services of all natures. We perform fixed wiring tests, rewiring, safety inspections and provide electrical installation condition reports amongst a wide range of services at very reasonable prices.