Q: Do we need PAT testing carried out every year?
A: Generally we advise that PAT Testing should be carried out annually. However it does depend on the workplace environment, insurance policies in effect and the type of use received by the equipment which is to be tested. For example, construction tools may be more susceptible to damage than a computer in an office.We strongly suggest that you consult your insurer if you are unsure as to how frequently your PAT Testing should be carried out; some insurance policies require yearly PAT Testing of all appliances even if official regulations state otherwise, as such, your business may not be covered by your insurance policy even if your PAT testing falls within the current acceptable time frames.If you are still in need of guidance regarding frequency of testing then feel free to contact us at Pure-PAT and we can assist you in choosing the correct periods between testing.
Q: Do we need new equipment tested?
A: Many people are under the misunderstanding that new equipment does not need testing. This is not strictly true. Whilst it is true that new equipment should be received from the manufacturer or retailer in a safe condition, it is possible that new equipment has, for example, a power supply lead with reversed polarity or has not had the metal case bonded internally to the earth conductor of the power supply lead. This does not mean that every time you buy a new piece of equipment, you must carry out full PAT Testing on that item. What you must do is ensure that you have a procedure or policy in place whereby you meet your obligations under the law and/or statutory requirements, i.e. new equipment is purchased from reliable sources, new equipment is visually inspected for signs of obvious damage, and you have a regular frequency that testing is carried out. New equipment can, in most environments and situations, be tested during the “round” of PAT Testing. This may not be the case, for example, if equipment is brought onto your premises which is not “new” but is old equipment that have been brought in by a member of staff or the public – in some cases, this equipment has often proven to be potentially the most dangerous. During a cold spell in winter, for example, an employee may bring in a fan heater from home to take the chill off, but may be introducing a dangerous appliance to your premises.