Why is regular testing important?
The importance of an effective and regular Portable Appliance Testing program should not be underestimated - there are around 1250 accidents at work reported every year that involve electrical burns and electric shocks. About 3% of which are fatal.
The main cause of accidental fires in commercial buildings are the result of faulty electrical appliances, and failure to carry out the necessary testing could result in your insurance company refusing to pay out.
PATTCO is an independent market leader in UK electrical inspection servicing the needs of a wide spectrum of clients across the country in both the public and private sectors.
We are experts in the managed inspection and testing of electrical appliances and strive to provide the most professional, cost effective solution to mandatory electrical tests.
Is PATTCO fully insured?
We carry £10,000,000 public liability and employee Insurance for total peace of mind.
Can your engineers operate in sensitive situations?
All of our engineers are cleared by the Criminal Records Bureau prior to work, meaning they have been professionally vetted for work around children or other vulnerable members of society.
Am I obliged to have my appliances and electrics tested?
There are many good reasons for adopting periodic testing. You may need to inspect and test to comply with the IEE Wiring Regulations 17th Edition (see below). Or if you have recently acquired ownership or tenancy of business / workplace premises you may wish to ensure the installation is safe. If you suspect there is a fault or risk of failure, you must take steps to inspect the affected circuits urgently. You can find further guidance on this matter under the Electrical Safety Section of the Health and Safety Executive website: Click here to view the page
What Government regulations should I be aware of?
The "17th edition of BS7671: 2008 wiring regulations" were first published in January 2008. From 1st July 2008 any installation that is tested, designed or constructed will have to comply with the 17th Edition regulatory changes.
The amendments bring the UK in line with European standards and the additional requirements are quite wide ranging. This will undoubtedly lead to additional remedial repairs being required to bring installations up to scratch and the tests themselves will take far longer than was previously the case.
Any engineers carrying out fixed installation testing should have the upgraded qualification. More information BS7671 Regulations can be found on the HSE website by clicking here.
How will my PAT tested appliances be marked?
For optimum security and piece of mind, we use labels to ensure that every piece of equipment is tested properly and at the correct time.
Any appliance that fails and is deemed unsafe will have a prominent 'Failed' sticker attached to it.
Most appliances will have our 'PASS' label attached.
A certificate of safety giving all relevant details and test data is generated for all appliances that meet the test criteria. This acts as proof that you have conformed to the requirements of the act. This documentation is delivered via email.
How much does it cost?
The cost is affected by the number of appliances that need to be tested - please call or email us with a rough estimate of how many appliances you need to be tested and we can give you a free quote.
What does Electrical Installation Condition Report involve?
Each individual circuit within an electrical system needs to be properly tested by a qualified engineer using sophisticated equipment. This enables us to determine the safety of the system overall and minimise the chances of electrical shocks or fires.
Electrical Installation Condition Reports are highly specialised requiring fully trained, skilful engineers. As such we have our own dedicated team of engineers who are all NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) accredited and carry C&G qualifications. In addition to this, all staff have DBS clearance.