Portable Appliance Testing

We don’t just want to ensure the integrity of your fixed electrical system, but also your portable appliances.

Why? – It’s simple. Your portable appliances have just as much power to cause hazards.

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Lantei engineers are equipped with Apollo testers, which can store up to 50,000 assets, 2,000 visual inspection images and rapidly transfer data, making the process thorough yet fast.

We go the extra mile for our clients, marking each appliance with a pass or fail label (in accordance with the 5th Edition Code of Practice) to indicate further action required.

Laws & Regulations

According to HSE, The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. Granted, Portable Appliance Testing is not a legal requirement, but it is highly recommended to maintain the safety of both your staff and visitors. A labelling and record system can also be an incredibly useful management tool, contributing to the planning of your overall maintenance schedule.

Benefits

  • Reduces the probability of an appliance catching fire
  • Can save you money in the long term. If a fire breaks out, this can cause widespread, costly damage
  • Risk appropriate testing helps you comply with UK regulations
  • Regular testing keeps your insurance company happy
  • Electrical injury is one of the most common causes of workplace accidents. Testing your appliances regularly helps to keep staff and visitors safe

Added Value

  • We have engineers distributed across the UK, 100% responsive to customer needs
  • Minimal disruption to your operations
  • Easy access to reports via our cloud based Securview portal
  • Our specialist software creates a detailed asset register, helping your finance team to quantify assets and your compliance manager maintain a testing schedule while logging depreciation.

Tasks / Stages Involved

Prior to testing, our engineer will conduct a visual examination of the appliance in question, checking the following:

  • Plug casings including the removal of the cover
  • Correct fuse rating and wiring
  • Make sure the terminals and connections are secure
  • Check there is minimal bare wire
  • Scan for indications of overheating such as discoloration

We will then test the appliance, performing an earth continuity, insulation resistance and functional test to highlight any anomalies. The appliance will then be labelled with a pass or fail sticker as appropriate, with the result reflecting in your final report.

Our engineers will never leave a potentially dangerous electrical appliance on location without informing the Site Contact or appropriate person.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need portable appliance testing?

Everyday use of portable appliances causes wear and damage to leads, plugs and to the main appliance. If unnoticed and unfixed, this may lead to an electric shock or even the breakout of a fire.

The primary aim of PAT is to protect the end user from shock or burn that can occur because of faults or defects. Undertaking Portable Appliance Testing as part of an overall maintenance schedule is a highly effective way to achieve this goal while maintaining the safety of your occupants.

Do I need to have all my portable appliances tested annually?

There is no specified timescale in which appliances must be tested. This is highly dependant on the usage of each item. For instance, a power tool being used daily will require more frequent testing than a hardly used television in a hotel room.

Who can test my appliances?

The tester must be competent to perform both a visual and physical test of the appliances. It is incredibly likely this person will require specialist equipment, training to use said equipment accurately and effectively and the ability to interpret the produced results.

Never underestimate the power of portable appliances

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