Pat Testing Portishead
Covering Bristol, Somerset, Clevedon and Portishead
Even with the wide availability of PAT testing kits and testers, most businesses rely on PAT testing companies to conduct their tests. This is primarily to ensure accurate results as health and safety regulations specify the need for PAT testing electrical equipment regularly, maintaining a record for the tests, and labelling the results to make them available for workers. Since these factors increase the liability of a business, the accuracy of the test is quite important.
Why bring in an expert?
For any type of organisational set up, a professional PAT testing company offers more than just a standard testing kit. A PAT testing expert will be able to gauge the signs of wear and tear in equipment and look for the weak points.
Someone without the relevant experience, on the other hand, might find it difficult to look beyond what the test tells them to do. Besides, PAT testing involves a battery of tests ranging from checking the earth bond, insulation resistance, and lead polarity to ensuring Bluetooth connectivity. A professional will have a better idea as to what kind of tests each appliance requires.
Further, if you do have a malfunctioning or an unsafe appliance, the PAT testing expert could suggest repairs or, in some cases, undertake the repairs before putting the appliance through the required tests. This ensures that nothing remains overlooked in case of inspections or quality checks.
How much does PAT testing cost?
The cost of PAT tests could vary a little depending on the number of equipment to be tested. Most PAT testing companies charge you a fixed rate per appliance. When you call in for quote, you’ll be required to list the number of appliances to be tested. Usually, you will be paying anything between £1 and £2 for testing each electrical appliance.
Some companies offer competitive rates depending on the number of appliances to be tested – the higher the number of appliances to be tested, the lesser you pay per appliance. In fact, many PAT testing companies offer a package deal for a set number of equipment. If you are having just a handful of equipment tested, you will be paying standard rates.
Moreover, while getting an estimate, be sure to let them know your of requirements, or you may end up paying more than you have to.
However, in your quest for competitive rates, it’s best not to overlook the experience and formal training that comes with the price. Finding a cheap deal may also spell trouble if the services offered are incompetent, resulting in a poor round of tests that may not detect the flaws in your equipment.
PAT testing goes beyond adherence to the law; it ensures the safety of your premises, workers and appliances. Therefore, while looking for a good deal is important if you have a lot of equipment to be tested, it’s also good to weigh in the essentials such as the reputation of the company you are hiring and the level of quality assurance they bring in.
There are many good reasons to carry out pat testing:-
- Compliance with the very latest health and safety regulations
- Risk of fire and injury from portable appliances is minimised
- Compliance with ISO9000/1 and BS5750
- Satisfy the requirements of your insurers – if you’re not sure about this check the small print on your employer’s liability policy!
But probably the most compelling reason to have your equipment checked is to consider the likely consequences if you do not have the testing done and one of your staff were to be killed or injured!
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