PAT Testing Charges
Portable Appliance Testing, more commonly known as PAT Testing has been deemed mandatory in all businesses, residential lettings and institutions. Unsurprisingly, the definition of ‘portable’ is somewhat specious and there is no hard and fast rule as to an exact definition. However, there is a general consensus that a portable appliance is one which is under 18 kilos and can be moved relatively easily whilst still connected to central electricity. This not only includes household appliances such as vacuum cleaners and toasters, but also all I.T. equipment, speakers and so on. However, owing to the fact that Landlords are now considered liable for all electrical damage suffered by their tenants (whether commercial or residential) when caused by electrical items included in the tenancy, the PAT testing has been expanded to include all white goods and fixed or stationary items such as fridges and office printers, even if they exceed 18 kilos. It also includes all equipment with a plug connection to mains electricity.
Due to the vast variety of possible items for inspection and texting, PAT testing charges vary immensely and the charges are generally determined by number of appliances, so for example B.L.C. Property Services’ PAT Testing charges start at about £39.00 for 5 items and escalate up to £499 for 550 items and above for warehouses and such. These PAT Testing charges include the preliminary inspection, Earth continuity tests if necessary, insulation testing and functional checks. They are performed by experienced and competent Eagle Property Solutions engineers who ‘possess such knowledge or experience [...] as may be appropriate’ given ‘the nature of the work’, (Electricity at Work Regulations, 1989). The inspector and/or tester will be looking for potential electrical, thermal or mechanical damage in the electrical equipment as well as determining the frequency of future tests. The PAT testing charges also include an environment assessment and an inspection of the flexible cable, socket outlet and plug head of each appliance, and the free replacement of Faulty plugs and fuses. Finally the cost also includes an individual record of the test date with a unique identification code and the status (pass or fail) of each piece of electrical equipment, as well as the date of the next test-period, in accordance with Regulation 29 of the Electricity at Work Regulations, 1989, which states that records and proof of PAT Testing must be kept by all employers and landlords.