PAT and Fixed Wire Testing

What you need to know:

The relevant legislation covering these areas is:

  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.
  • Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.
  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
  • PAT is Portable Appliance Testing covering all electrical equipment in the work place.
  • Fixed Wire Testing is the testing of the electrical wiring system within the fabric on the building.
  • 25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances.
  • Fixed wire testing as a mandatory requirement of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
  • Failure to carry out such testing could invalidate your insurance cover in the event of a claim.
  • Fixed wire testing must be carried out by a competent, fully qualified engineer who holds a BS2391 certificate.

What you need to do:

Fixed wire testing should be carried out every 5 years and portable appliance testing should be carried out every year.

In practice the wiring system of a building is divided into several circuits. So if you have 20% of the circuits tested each year, with a visual inspection of the remainder, at the same time as the Portable appliance testing is done then you will be permanently compliant.

Plan the test for a quiet time in your business; there is some disruption as electrical circuits need to be turned off for short periods of time during the testing process.

How can we help?

We can send a qualified electrical engineer to test both the portable electrical appliances and the wiring in the building on an annual basis.

We will provide you with the relevant test certificates for your insurance company and your HSE files.

We can diarise the date for your annual test and organise it for a day that causes minimum disruption to your business.

What next?

Email us with some details for a quote, or call us on 01159 414 959 to discuss your requirements.