The Advantages of Expert PAT Testing
Everyone wants to feel safe when they’re at work. Whether it’s ensuring that a comprehensive fire alarm system is in place or creating an environment that minimises every day hazards such as trips and falls, it’s a no-brainer to have processes in place to create a safe, harmonious workplace.
However, with our increasing reliance on technology to stay ahead in the business world, the modern workplace faces new challenges when it comes to safety, especially when talking about electronics. Whilst productivity has skyrocketed thanks to our electrical equipment, it can sometimes be easy to forget that they can pose a risk.
With this in mind, it’s important to ensure that the electrical equipment and fixtures your rely on for work are constantly monitored – this is where a Portable Appliance Test (PAT) comes in. This test can be a great way to guarantee your electronics are working properly and ensure you’re working at the top of your game.
However, as a business looking to keep costs low, you may not know why a PAT test is worth investing or have any knowledge as to what the actual benefits are of carrying one out. As lighting and electronic experts, the team at Interlink know a thing or two about carrying about PAT tests, which is why we’ve created this handy guide highlighting their benefits.
What does a portable appliance test entail?
In layman’s terms, a PAT test is a thorough examination of all of the electrical appliances around your workplace. This is carried out through a visual examination and in testing the equipment itself; both are essential in ensuring that your electronics are in top shape.
This test can be carried out by a competent individual that has an understanding of electronics or you can invest in specialist help to give you ultimate peace of mind that your equipment is working properly. Although not necessary from a legal standpoint, it can be useful to document and add stickers to PAT approved equipment as it can demonstrate to others that an examination has been carried out. These tests should also be undertaken at regular intervals and incorporated into a wider electronic maintenance plan in order to reap the most beneficial effects.
Keeping you safe
Now that we have some idea of what a PAT test is, let’s take a closer look at the various benefits they can offer. Of course, the biggest advantage of carrying out a PAT test is that it minimises the very real risk of electrocution in the workplace.
It has been documented that it can take as little as 42 volts to kill an individual via electrocution and, with the average plug charging around 230 V here in the UK, faulty electronics have the ability both to cause significant harm and even death.
Because of this, it is a business owners responsibility to ensure that they themselves and their employees are protected from this easily avoidable tragedy. With this in mind, a PAT test is a great way to ensure that your equipment is safe to use, and with checks at regular intervals, you can consistently ensure that your workplace is protected whilst weeding out anything deemed unsafe.
Aside from safety concerns, there are various legal implications to not carrying out proper safety procedures. Although a PAT test is not a legal requirement, abiding by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 is.
These legal requirements are specifically designed to create fundamental structures within businesses that protect employee health and wellbeing. These acts include minimising the risks of electrocution and can carry hefty fines and even prison sentences for those not complying to regulations.
On the other hand, even if you believe your complying with the law and an employee is injured, they may have legal recourse to take you to court, leading to a potentially costly battle and a negative impact on your brand image.
Because of this, incorporating a PAT test into your electrical maintenance process can provide you with a documented examination of your equipment, keeping you on the right side of the law.
Whilst quality electrical equipment has turbo boosted efficiency in the workplace, the opposite can be said for companies slogging along with faulty electronics. Of course, there are times you’ll be able to easily ascertain an issue with a piece of equipment and quickly swap it out. However, some components require testing in order to find out if they’re working at optimum efficiency.
Along with a comprehensive visual inspection carried out by a specialist, testing of a piece of equipment can help to highlight any issues inside, giving you the opportunity to iron out any inconsistencies in your tech suite and continue pushing workplace efficiency to new heights.
When it comes to running a business, brand image plays a huge part in its success or failure. Creating a positive brand image is done through a variety of factors, from being environmentally conscious to participating in charity events. However, showing that you’re taking the safety of you and your employees seriously can also be genuinely beneficial.
As a PAT test is an officially recognised certification, with documentation and records, prospective clients may look at your operation in a much more favourable light which, in turn, could potentially lead to growth in business and success in general.
Your insurance policies are always going to be an expense you’ll want to keep as low as possible, and with a PAT test, this may actually be a possibility. Insurance companies are always looking for reassurance that their clients are taking all necessary safety precautions to ensure they don’t have to payout.
With this in mind, by carrying out an official PAT test and leaving no stone unturned when it comes to your electronics, insurance companies may lower their premiums as a result, leading to money saved in the long run.
Portable appliance testing by the pros at Interlink Lighting & Electrical Services
As you can see, a PAT test can be really beneficial for your business. Whether you have a single laptop and a printer or a whole suite of electronics, a quality PAT test can give you the peace of mind you need to run your business efficiently.
However, to get the most out of a PAT test, it’s important to hire the professionals. Here at Interlink Lighting and Electrical, we understand how important a PAT test can be for a business, which is why our team of expert commercial electricians are on hand to ensure your electronics are running at optimum efficiency.
Operating throughout Scotland and Northern England for over 20 years, Interlink has the knowledge and resources to carry out a high-quality PAT test, checking everything from laptops to lighting and weeding out any issues they may have.
PAT testing for Scottish and Northern businesses should always be a priority so make sure that you have it carried out with confidence by enlisting the help of local electricians at Interlink Lighting and Electrical.
For more information on our range of electrical services in Glasgow and beyond, explore our website or get in touch with our team on +44 (0) 141 429 1254 to talk further about your requirements.