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Here are some of the more frequently asked questions we receive.
What is PAT Testing?
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Testing) involves a series of electrical and visual inspections on all portable appliances within a place of work. These tests determine whether or not the electrical appliances are safe for use.
What is a Portable Electrical Appliance?
A Portable Electrical Appliance is any electrical appliance that is moved when in use or can easily be moved from one place to another e.g. kettle, toaster, power tools, vacuum cleaners. This can also include larger items such as printers and photocopiers.
What happens if an item fails PAT testing?
The next course of action will depend on the reason for the item failing. Small repairs such as fuse replacements or loose wiring can be corrected on the spot, larger repairs will require further action.
How often should PAT Testing be carried out?
This varies depending on the workplace environment and the equipment to be tested. Contact us today and we will be happy to help you to select the correct time periods between tests.
What is Fixed Wire/Installation Testing?
Fixed Installation Testing, also known as Periodic Inspection or Hard Wire Testing, is the testing of all electrical services and systems that conduct electricity around a building. This includes all parts of a distribution system, from the main incoming supply point, through to wiring accessories such as sockets and light fittings, and everything in between.
What is Emergency Lighting Testing?
Emergency Lighting is a necessary requirement in all premises where people are employed. It is a Life Safety System which is designed to assist in the evacuation of a building in an emergency situation and in the event of a power failure.
What is Thermographic Imaging?
Thermal Imaging, also known as thermography, is the production of infrared or heat pictures which can pick up images which are often invisible to the naked eye. Potential problems are highlighted where there is an excess of heat being released by a component, which if left undetected can result in failure and in extreme cases fire.
Thermal Imaging can detect:
Blocked or restricted cooling tubes in transformers
High resistance in fuses and switchgear
Why are the benefits of Thermal Imaging?
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 places a duty of care on employers to maintain electrical systems to prevent danger where otherwise it may exist. Thermal Imaging can be a valuable tool as it highlights any potential causes for concern without the need to isolate circuits. This allows corrective action to be taken before any costly system failures.
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Electrical Test Midlands Ltd
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West Midlands, WS11 0JB