The law states clearly that all employers have a legal obligation to maintain all electrical equipment in order to ensure a safe working environment. This includes all electrically operated items such as computers, printers, photocopiers, kettles, extension leads, vacuums etc…

All landlords and letting agents have a duty of care to ensure all electrical equipment supplied within a let house or building such as washing machines, fridges, freezers, lawn mowers etc… are safe.

PAT Testing is the accepted method in which to meet the obligations placed by the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and needs to be carried out by engineers competent to do so with appropriate calibrated test equipment.

The relevant legislation in part summary is:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  • The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994
  • Provision and User of Work Equipment Regulations1998
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Failure to comply can have very serious consequences and may even constitute a criminal offence under the Consumers Protection Act 1987. In the event of an accident, your business could be closed down if you are unable to demonstrate compliance and many insurance companies are now insisting that you have proof of compliance prior to offering insurance cover.

Procedures for testing
PAT commences with a thorough visual inspection of the appliance to be tested. It is estimated that in the first year of testing approximately 40% of failures will be identified at this stage.

The visual inspection helps identify:

  • Damage to flex
  • Damage to the plug and casing, signs of overheating, scorching and cracking.
  • Incorrect wired plug
  • Incorrect rated fuse

The Mayfield Electrical Service engineer will also check that the appliance is suitable for use within the environment in which it is being used and will report any observations.

Upon satisfactory completion of the visual inspection, a series of tests are then applied to the appliance subject to the type of equipment to be tested and will include some or all of the following:

  • Earth continuity
  • Insulation resistance
  • Flex polarity
  • Earth leakage
  • Operation/run test

All appliances are labelled with a test Pass or Fail tag. Remedial works (plug tops, fuses and the like) can be carried out on site at a small additional cost.

All test results are thoroughly cross-checked and scrutinised at Mayfield Electrical’s offices to ensure accuracy and quality control procedures.

On site
Mayfield Electrical engineers have commercial awareness and value the importance to the business of the equipment to be tested.
Upon arrival on site, the Mayfield Service engineer will introduce himself/herself and explain the purpose and nature of the work to be carried out to the person in charge.
A brief site inspection will highlight any sensitive areas and following a pre-determined schedule (agreed at a pre test meeting with the IT manager) the engineer will follow the arrangements that have been made for shutting down any workstations.

Our Approach to you our customer
Due to the existence of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, Mayfield Electrical have invested significantly in specialist test equipment required for PAT Testing.

Your responsibility
All employers, landlords and letting agents have a responsibility under the Electricity at Work Regulations Act 1989 to protect their employees and tenants from unsafe equipment or wiring. All electrical appliances such as computers, printers, photocopiers, extension leads, cookers, toasters, and kettles are to be tested by a competent person at least once a year.

Method statement for Portable Appliance Testing

Site Approach
Upon arrival on site our test engineer will introduce himself to the client’s representative and explain the purpose and nature of the work to be carried out. This person will then be asked to accompany our engineer around the site highlighting any sensitive areas and introduce the IT manager who should confirm any arrangements that have been made for shutting down IT equipment.

The inspection and testing shall be carried out in accordance with the requirements of the following regulations and publications:

  • IEE Code of Practice for the in-service
  • Inspection and Testing of Portable Electrical Equipment
  • Identification of equipment

A register of equipment will be produced to include the following details:

  • Asset number
  • Location in which the appliance/asset is kept/used
  • Description of appliance
  • Date of test and retest date (if applicable)

Failed Appliances
Any FAILED appliances are taken out of service and immediately brought to the attention of the client representative on site.

Label pass / Label fail report
Upon completion a report is produced usually within 5 working days listing the appliances tested, the results of the tests performed, and details of any remedial repairs necessary. We also provide the engineers observations on all failed equipment