PAT Testing – Why You Should Hire a Professional

Every time you work with an electrical appliance, no matter how safe it may appear to be, there’s always a certain degree of risk associated with it. That’s why UK health and safety regulations dictate that appliances need to be tested for safety in order to protect workers from harm. Many types of commercial equipment require regular testing in order to ensure that they’re safe to use. The interval between tests depends upon the type of appliance and the environment in which it’s being used in.

Although it’s not a legal requirement to hire a professional to conduct PAT testing on your electrical appliances, it’s still a good idea to hire a company. Especially when you consider the fact that you’re putting yourself and your equipment at risk each and every time you don’t get the items tested. There are many companies that can be hired to take care of testing in your factory, home, or office. There are just a handful that have staff that are correctly trained and specialised with years of PAT testing experience to offer.

A lot of people get confused as to what needs to be PAT tested and what class an appliance belongs to. Some don’t know how many times appliances need to go under testing during the year. However, when you hire a professional company that has years of experience with PAT testing you don’t face these problems. Professionals will know the ins and outs of testing and can also offer you the correct advice, whilst answering any questions you may have about the procedure.

Today, there are various types of PAT testing equipment in use that businesses can use to test their equipment. However, even the most easy to use equipment requires professional experience in electronics and can also give false positives, something than only a professional with a degree on the subject matter will be able to recognise.

If you’re in doubt as to how frequently your equipment needs to be tested, or what class it belongs to you need to contact a local electrician. A professional company will maintain logs as well as send over their specialists each and every time tests are due. This shortens any down time or unexpected delays often accompanied by the procedure.

Logs that are derived from PAT tests are difficult to maintain if the tester you use is not sure what he’s supposed to do. After all, a little knowledge in electronics does not suffice when equipment worth thousands of pounds is at stake. Even the slightest misjudgment could mean that your equipment malfunctions, or one of your operators gets seriously injured. Incidents such as these can be disastrous to any business, so it makes good sense to invest in the services of a professional company next time you decide to test your electrical equipment. Another thing that’s commonly overlooked is the fact that household appliances should also be tested. Fridges, cookers, and microwaves are all potential hazards in the home when they’re not correctly maintained.