Learn How Portable Appliance Testing Assures Appliance Safety At Uk Workplaces-winbook

Jun 17, 2018 // By:feichang // No Comment

Legal This short article describes some of the tests and inspections which one would normally expect to find as part of an organization’s portable appliance testing (PAT testing) system. PAT testing is the process in the United Kingdom for checking electrical devices for safety. The rather more correct name for PAT testing (as used in the City & Guilds qualification on the subject) is "In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment". Organisations in the UK must carry out PAT testing to .ply with legal regulations, as laid down in the Electricity at Work Act. These rules are .pulsory for all self employed persons, and for all employers. Guidance on how tests should be organized can be obtained from HSE (Health and Safety Executive), and from the Institute of Engineering and Technology. It is possible for a business to sub-contract PAT testing to an external .pany, but many businesses choose to carry out the activity in-house. Those businesses carrying out the PAT testing in-house will usually ensure that the employee responsible for the PAT testing has been adequately trained. There is a formal examination in the subject, which can be taken via City & Guilds, and there are also numerous training courses, usually run be specialist .panies dealing with electrical health and safety issues. A PAT testing procedure will typically be a mixture of inspections and tests. Relatively informal inspections, such as user inspections, will be done whenever equipment is used, and no specific records will be kept for these. More formal inspections and tests would usually be carried out in accordance with a planned and agreed schedule. In these cases formal records would be kept, and usually stickers or labels are attached to the equipment showing when the test was done and when the next test is due. User checks are the most frequent checks, and also one of the most useful. Typically an organization will ensure that all employees have some elementary knowledge of electrical safety. According to the Health and Safety Executive about 90 per cent of faults are found simply by inspecting the equipment for obvious damage. Many organizations ask all their employees to check plugs and power cords for damage whenever they start to use an appliance. The business would advise users not to use any equipment which is obviously damaged, and to immediately advise their supervisor. Another quick check which users can make is to check that equipment has a PAT testing label, which has not gone past the date on which the next test is due. Usually there would be a planned schedule for the more formal .bined inspections and tests. This would be the responsibility of a suitably trained, or qualified, designated employee. The schedule would ensure more frequent checks for equipment used in situations where physical damage might be more probable, for example in construction areas. Less frequent tests and inspections would be required in offices etc. All electrical appliances are divided into IEC protection classes. A designated PAT tester would ensure that each item is inspected and tested as required by its IEC protection class. About the Author: 相关的主题文章:

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