Manufacturing: How compliant are you with your PAT and Fixed Wire Testing?

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on businesses worldwide, especially across the manufacturing sector due to the enormous logistical and people challenges it’s experienced. As we work our way through the second wave of the pandemic, it’s important you’re doing everything you can to ensure you’re fully safe and compliant when it comes to your fire and electrical measures, more specifically, your PAT and Fixed Wire Testing.

What’s PAT Testing?

Portable Appliance Testing, otherwise known as PAT testing, is a series of tests and inspections that determine whether a portable appliance is safe to use and fit for purpose. This is vital to the safety of your people and your premises. When you’re due a service depends on what sector your business falls under but for industrial settings, it’s recommended that your PAT test should be conducted every six months and for commercial settings, this should be tested every 12 months to comply with health and safety regulations.

What’s Fixed Wire Testing?

Fixed Wire Testing is a series of professional checks on items such as mains panels, sockets, lighting, distribution boards and even air conditioning units.

The frequency of your testing depends on three simple factors;

  1. The type of electrical installation
  2. How often it’s used
  3. The external influences or environment to which the installation is exposed

As a manufacturing business, you’re more likely to be exposed to moisture, dust, sometimes extreme temperature changes, and your site might be open to the general public. Therefore, your business needs to conduct a test every 1-3 years. For more information on Fixed Wire Testing, head here.

Your legal responsibilities

You won’t be surprised to know that conducting these electrical tests are a legal requirement and failure to comply with such laws could put your business at jeopardy. The legal regulations you need to conduct PAT and fixed wire tests fall under;

  • Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974
  • Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment regulations of 1998
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work regulations of 1999
  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

To make sure you’ve got everything in place to remain safe and compliant, our experts have created a small checklist for you to follow when assessing your site.

• Is your allocated/responsible person who conducts electrical checks still working from home or perhaps furloughed?• Do you have physical records of your electrical safety being reviewed regularly? (Records may include dates of inspections, findings, resolutions, and management processes.)
• Have you put this responsibility to someone else to ensure electrical checks are still being conducted and that any defects are detected?• Has electrical equipment been transported from an office to employees’ homes?
• Are your electrical safety measures up to date?• Is all equipment in a safe state and has passed its PAT or Fixed Wire Testing?

How we can help

Conducting electrical tests can seem like a costly and time-consuming task, especially in a pandemic, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be done.

If you partner with us, we can organise a day to service your electrical equipment so you’re up to date with your PAT and Fixed Wire Testing and have peace of mind you, your business, and people are safe and compliant.

To book a PAT or/and Fixed Wire Test, or for free advice, contact our service team here.

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