As required by British law with legislation known as the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (and others) all portable electrical equipment must be maintained, as far as is reasonably practical, to protect the health and safety of employees and the public. By far the most favoured inspection structure is PAT testing, which is now called EET testing to diminish confusion on what electrical equipment falls under the system. Confusion persists, however, in exactly what is and who needs PAT testing, as well as what legal repercussions, if any, one might incur forgoing hiring a competent inspector to ensure electrical equipment safety.
If you are in Kent, Southern EET Testing is the most trusted PAT testing service provider in southern England. Our expertise is solicited regularly across a wide range of sectors, including Education, Finance, Manufacturing, Retail, Hospitality, Construction, Theatres, and more. Whether your location in Kent just needs a one-off EET Testing service or a comprehensive annual service contract for safety requirements, we are here to help. Our customers range from small shops to multinational sites with thousands of employees. We also specialise in EET Testing industrial plugs and appliances. If you are hosting an indoor or outdoor event in Kent, we also do Stage Light Testing. We can EET Test anything from 5amp, 13amp, 15amp, 16amp, 32amp, 63amp, Powercon, Socapex Single, or 3 phase appliances.
PAT testing stands for Portable Appliance Testing, though the name has changed to EET testing (Electrical Equipment Testing) because the words ‘Portable Appliance’ causes some confusion. Virtually all electrical equipment from handheld hair dryers to heavy plant and fixed appliances up to 400v can and should be tested. PAT testing is still more commonly known by that name among the public, however.
The manner in which PAT or EET testing is carried out involves a visual inspection followed by a more technical process. It is critical that you leave the more technical testing to a qualified engineer from Southern EET Testing, and while some aspects of a visual inspection itself can be done by anyone with common sense, there is always the risk of missing something not obvious to an inexperienced eye. There are different types of testers and adaptors needed to carry out a full EET inspection, as well as in-depth knowledge of various types of electrical equipment and their components. Lacking in any of these can lead to serious injury or death. Our expert team can also assess the scope of work required and take care of everything in next to no time, vastly reducing the downtime your business could experience from inexperienced mistakes.
If any Electrical Equipment is deemed ‘not fit for use’ and ‘fail’ after the EET Testing, you will be informed and a detailed explanation of any problems found. We understand that as a business you will need to keep your health and safety policies up to date and have regular audits to comply with this. We want you to have peace of mind that all information and documents are received as quickly as possible so that you can concentrate on your business.
When you schedule an engineer from Southern EET Testing to come out to your location in Kent, a series of specialised testing procedures on your electrical equipment will be conducted. We start with a visual inspection checking for:
Then a series of tests (depending on the class of equipment) is performed, which may include:
PAT testing is not required by law, but keeping up a reasonable level of maintenance to provide for the safety of workers is under various safety and health regulations, including:
Governments across the UK including England have put regulations into place that pertain to the maintenance of electrical appliances. The most accepted method for inspecting electrical appliances to ensure they are up to standard is through EET testing. It is mostly businesses and organisations that need EET testing, although most occupiers’ liability requires property owners to prioritise the public’s safety by regular maintenance of electrical appliances. Failure to comply with electrical regulations can lead to large fines and imprisonment. Businesses that have periodic professional EET testing on electrical equipment lower their risk of safety incidents at work and can show proof of measures taken to be in compliance with regulations through documentation in the event of an accident.
Southern EET Testing works with duty holders to ensure that their appliances are in line with the IET ‘Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment’ and will provide a PDF asset register of your appliances. Electrical contractors and facilities management companies in Kent can also benefit most from professional EET testing, and especially from Southern EET Testing because of our ability to provide fully managed portable appliance testing services to their clients. We also can perform PAT testing on electrical equipment at the homes of remote workers.
With over 15 years of experience, we have become the most trusted provider of EET testing to several businesses in Kent and throughout southeast England. Besides their efficient skill in EET testing industrial plugs and appliances, our engineers are also experts in 110v EET testing appliances and construction site tools and equipment, as well as 3 Phase EET testing power leads and appliances, and Stage Light Testing. We can EET Test anything from 5amp, 13amp, 15amp, 16amp, 32amp, 63amp, Powercon, Socapex Single, or 3 phase appliances.
It is by our unrivalled excellence in safety, quality and efficiency that we know our services will bring your operation value, minimising disruption to your day-to-day operations and ensuring you and your employees are working in the safest environment possible. Reach out to a representative about allowing us to do your EET testing at southerneettesting.com.