The Cost of PAT Testing
Portable Appliance Testing, more commonly termed PAT Testing, is now a legislated necessity for all Landlords, both residential and commercial, as well as all businesses, public buildings and institutions including hospitals and schools.
Despite the multiple regulations concerning the necessity and enforcement of PAT Testing in order to ensure that ‘work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair’ (Provisions and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998), there are actually no specific standards in Europe concerning either the definition of a portable appliance, or the term efficient.
However, the general consensus is that a portable appliance weighs less than 18 kilos and can be moved relatively easily while still being plugged into a central electricity supply. These include vacuum cleaners, toasters and other lightweight electrical equipment. Yet, in Britain there are a number of legislations, including the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Workplace (Health, safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Health and Safety at Work 1974 and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, amongst others, which legislate that all appliances which are ‘electrically connected to a common source of electrical energy’ must be tested. This means that the cost of PAT Testing can vary considerably according to the number and size of appliances being tested.
Moreover, the cost of PAT Testing is also determined by the sort of test being performed. There are a number of factors which can affect the cost of PAT Testing. These include the purpose and structure of the equipment in question and the surrounding environment. For example, high risk appliances and equipment with a Class 1 designation can require a wider range of tests, increasing the cost of the PAT Testing.
Finally, when determining the cost of PAT Testing, the frequency of testing needs to be considered. There are no absolute rules governing this; ‘regular inspection’ is advised by various governing bodies, however, there is no exact specification of what is entailed by ‘regular’. As noted above, the frequency of inspections is determined by the relative harshness of the environment, the skill of the users and the possible abuse of the equipment by unskilled or heavy-handed users. The actual construction of the equipment can also be a factor in the cost of PAT Testing as High Risk appliances which are in wet or corrosive environments, or come into contact with wet or corrosive substances (such as kettles), or those which include heating elements or electrical motors should arguably be tested more regularly.
Eagle Property Solutions has a number of highly skilled engineers who perform the PAT Testing in accordance with the above regulations. The cost of the PAT Testing by Eagle Property Solutions starts from as little as £39.00 plus VAT for 5 appliances and includes the replacement of plugs and fuses free of charge.