All appliances are subject to wear and tear due to constant use and age. Because of that, they could impose a risk to your overall safety and health. Only professional electrical testing can tell if your appliances are safe and dependable for use, or if they can increase your risk of electrical shocks and fires. In the UK, PAT (portable appliance testing) is administered as an electrical safety test on ovens, hand driers, hobs, and other fixed installations. All industries are covered, including commercial, industrial, and domestic properties. So, whether you are a business owner or a landlord, you should consider reliable electrical testing in the UK to ensure the condition of all your appliances.
PAT is a critical aspect of the Health and Safety At Work Act of 1974, which requires you to have a maintenance program that encompasses the inspection and testing of your appliances. You are obligated to arrange for a certified electrician to conduct the proper testing and reporting when employees or the public is using appliances, or you have hired electrical equipment. Likewise, testing is essential if you have serviced and repaired appliances in your property.
In electrical testing, all portable appliances are tested with a visual and earth test. While currently not a legal requirement, it is performed out of responsibility to ensure the health and safety of tenants and people in general. In some cases, it is performed out of due diligence. The Electricity At Works Act clearly indicates the importance of regular testing of electrical appliances. Moreover, most councils, including insurance companies, require PAT. Landlords should consider testing their electrical appliances if these are a part of their rented units.
Only a certified electrician is qualified to conduct reliable electrical testing in the UK. This person is registered with NAPIT, NICEIC, or ELECSA, and after they complete the test, the appliances will bear a label for the annual retest date, so you can easily remember when the last one was conducted, and you can be sure that the next one can be scheduled accordingly. This is considered good practice for your property as well as for the people who occupy or use it.
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I am James Livingstone the owner of Trade Facilities Services, we provide electrical certificates and electrical testing in London, Essex and Kent at reasonable and fair prices. The company is fully insured, and all electricians are qualified and are members of either NAPIT or the NICEIC. We believe in publishing the correct information for our consumers to ensure they get value for money.