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Frequent Questions About Pattest

What is PAT Testing?

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the process of periodically testing your electrical appliances, helping to ensures they are effectively maintained and safe for use within the appropriate environment according to the manufacturer specifications

Why Do Portable Electrical Appliances Need Testing?

A proper program of PAT Testing is essential to help ensure that electrical related accidents are prevented. The equipment should be examined regularly and electrical testing should be carried out for the purposes of preventive care.

What should be tested?

All electrical systems and equipment should be maintained if danger would otherwise arise. Other than the fixed installation, all electrical equipment in an installation, whether permanently connected or connected by a plug and socket outlet, should be inspected and tested.

How much does it cost?

The charges are based on the expected number of items to be tested and the type of equipment regardless of the location all over UAE

Who should do PAT Testing?

Schools, colleges, offices, Factories, Shopping malls, construction sites, all companies and institutions adhering to International Occupational Health and Safety Standards.

Why choose

Because we have a professional and comprehensive approach to Portable Appliance Testing .Currently we are the only dedicated PAT service provider in UAE.

How Often Is PAT Testing Carried Out?

This should be done at regular intervals to ensure continual safety. The frequency depends on the type of appliance and the environment it is used.

What Tests Are Performed During a Portable Appliance Test?

Assuming that equipment passes the visual inspection, the equipment can now be tested. Brief descriptions of the tests are detailed below indicating appropriate tests for the different classes of equipment.

Earth Continuity

This test ensures that an earth is present between the metalwork of an appliance and the earth pin of a plug top.

Insulation Resistance

This test is to indicate any breakdown in the insulation protecting the conductors. This test is carried out on all classes of equipment. Electronic equipment is exempt.

Load Test

This test checks that the equipment and fuses operate correctly and applies to all classes of equipment.

Earth Leakage

This test measures the leakage current to earth during the operation of the appliance and once again applies to all classes of equipment

Does Portable ApplianceTesting Disrupt Business?

If necessary, we can carry out testing out of business hours so there is no inconvenience to the day to day running of your business.

What types of appliances need testing?

Basically, any type of equipment, which is powered by electrical energy.
The IET Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment states that this covers:

  • Portable Appliances:

An appliance of less than 18 kg in mass that is intended to be moved while in operation or an appliance which can easily be moved from one place to another, e.g. toaster, food mixer, vacuum cleaner, fan heater.

  • Movable Equipment (sometimes called Transportable):

This is equipment, which is either: 18 kg or less in mass and not fixed, e.g. electric fire, or equipment with wheels, castors or other means to facilitate movement by the operator as required to perform its intended use, e.g. air conditioning unit.

  • Hand-held Appliances:

This is portable equipment intended to be held in the hand during normal use, e.g. hair dryer, drill, soldering iron

  • Stationary Equipment or Appliances:

This equipment has a mass exceeding 18 kg and is not provided with a carrying handle, e.g. refrigerator, washing machine.

  • Fixed Equipment/Appliances:

This is equipment of an appliance, which is fastened to a support or otherwise secured in a specified location, e.g. bathroom heater, towel rail.

  • Appliances/Equipment for Building in:

This equipment is intended to be installed in a prepared recess such as a cupboard or similar. In general, equipment for building in does not have an enclosure on all sides because on one or more of the sides, additional protection against electric shock is provided by the surroundings e.g. a built-in electric cooker.

  • Information Technology Equipment (Business Equipment):

Information technology equipment includes electrical business equipment such as computer and mains powered telecommunications equipment, and other equipment for general business use, such as mail processing machines, electric plotters, trimmers, VDUs, data terminal equipment, typewriters, telephones, printers, photo-copiers, power packs.

Occupational safety and health

Occupational health and safety is a discipline with a broad scope involving many specialized fields. In its broadest sense, it should aim at:

  • the promotion and maintenance of the highest degree of physical, mental and social well-being of workers in all occupations;
  • the prevention among workers of adverse effects on health caused by their working conditions;
  • the protection of workers in their employment from risks resulting from factors adverse to health;

Work-related accidents or diseases are very costly and can have many serious direct and indirect effects on the lives of workers and their families. For workers some of the direct costs of an injury or illness are:

  • the pain and suffering of the injury or illness;
  • the loss of income;
  • the possible loss of a job;
  • health-care costs.