Are you NICEIC Approved?
Yes, we are an NICEIC approved contractor (National Inspection Council Electrical Installation).
Do you carry out domestic, commercial and Industrial work?
Absolutely, we carry out quality electrical work for a wide range of satisfied customers.
What electrical appliances are included in Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)?
A portable or movable electric appliance is any item that can be moved, and either connected or disconnected from an electrical supply. Portable or movable items generally have a lead (cable) and a plug. Portable and movable equipment can therefore include most movable appliances from fan heaters, monitors, printers through to computer towers, servers and power units.
How often should PAT testing be done?
The IEE guidance suggests the following test intervals: Domestic – 5 years/change of occupancy, Rented Accommodation/Commercial i.e. shops, offices, schools, hospitals, etc. – 5 years, Industrial, agricultural and horticultural – 3 years, Places subject to entertainment license, swimming pools, caravan parks, etc. – 1 year
All the views and opinions expressed on this page are given for guidance only and are our interpretation of hypothetical circumstances; we cannot accept any liability for any actions taken as a result of this guidance. We strongly recommend that all electrical work is designed, installed maintained and tested by a suitably qualified electrician.
As always with electrical installation work you should consult a suitably qualified person.
Will testing cause a lot of disruption to the power?
A short power outage can be expected on each circuit within the system but because most of the testing is carried out whilst the system is still live, these outages can be planned around your daily activities.
Is electrical installation testing a legal requirement?
The law does not require electrical testing to be carried out. However, the law does require that you keep your entire electrical system safe at all times. The only effective means to that end is to have periodic testing and inspection carried out, together with action to remedy any faults found as a result of testing.
If an accident or fire does occur where electricity is suspected to have been the cause, then the duty is yours to prove that you did your best to avoid that accident (offence). Test data results together with preventative maintenance records will provide your best proof and defence.
Is electrical testing a requirement of my insurance company?
Increasingly, insurers are insisting that inspection and testing be carried out on a regular basis. If you suffer an avoidable accident, then under law, if found guilty, you will be deemed to have committed a criminal offence. Insurers will not pay fines or compensation suffered resulting from a criminal offence.
My factory operates 24hs, how can you carry out testing if I can’t stop production?
We have a great deal of experience in working within the constraints of manufacturing environments. Because the majority of the testing involves carrying out live tests, we can schedule dead testing around pre-arranged windows of opportunity. Be these during holidays, breakdowns, process changes, cleaning or maintenance stoppages, shift changes or weekends.
We have an electrical fault, can you help?
Yes, our experienced and highly qualified electricians will have you up and running in no time, with minimal disruption.
I rent my business premises, is testing my landlord’s responsibility or mine?
You are responsible to make sure that you and your staff comply with Health & Safety legislation. However, it is usually dependent on the terms of your lease as to whether you or your landlord pays for testing to be carried out on the electrical installation. Usually, if you are on a full repairing lease then the cost will fall to you. Portable Appliance testing will always be at your expense.