PAT testing (Portable Appliance Testing) is an important part of maintaining safety, whether it be in a business, home, school, or workshop. Tools, instruments, and equipment that are poorly maintained, inappropriately used, or not fit for their purpose can cause injuries and lead to dangerous work environments for not only workers but for anyone within the area of the workplace. The best way to prevent this is to hire a technician with the expertise and knowledge to keep your portable appliances safe. Don’t worry, we’ve got this.
Technology has made the world a vastly easier place to live in. Each and every one of us over the course of the day will invariably use some sort of device or piece of equipment without which we might struggle to get by. For those that depend on electrical equipment as part of their work, having tools that are in good working order is essential to maintain efficiencies and deliver the kind of service that you advertise. As such, it is essential to carry out PAT Testing on a regular basis to catch any problems before they escalate and to safeguard your wellbeing, as well as those around you.
Portable Appliance Testing in Australia 2022
Here at Jim’s Test and Tag, we are a team of electrical specialists who are committed to delivering a world-class level of service to those in need of electrical testing and tagging. Just like everyone else, we are dependent on electrical equipment to assist us in carrying out the important work we do, and so we understand better than most just how crucial it is to make sure that everything you use is working for you as it should.
What are the PAT tests?
A PAT test is used to determine the safety of your electrical devices and appliances. By performing a PAT test on a device, you are ensuring the safety of those working with the device.
What does PAT Assessment stand for?
A PAT Assessment stands for ‘portable appliance test’, and they are used to keep your electrical appliances safe by detecting potential safety problems before they occur.
What is PAT test example?
An example of a PAT test is performing an assessment on a microwave in an office environment.
If the microwave is making strange noises and overheating, it may be time to run a PAT test on it, to see if it is safe to use.
Once the PAT test has been conducted, the PAT tester will be able to assess if the microwave should be replaced.
How often should you PAT test?
This mainly depends on how frequently your appliances are being used.
For professionals, such as those working in construction, a PAT test should be conducted every 3 months.
For devices and appliances that are used for day-to-day tasks, such as stationary and IT equipment, a PAT test should be conducted every 12 months.
Why PAT Testing is Important
It may seem like a big statement to make, but the truth is that portable appliance testing saves lives each and every year. Think about all of the tools, equipment, and instruments that you use on a daily basis, how many of them enable you to see the internal workings? We expect and hope that the answer is very few, if any, as such, while things may appear to be in good working condition on the surface unless you have these tools assessed properly, something might be brewing within that could compromise your ability to work at some point in the future.
If there is a fault anywhere in the devices that you use then this will be identified through our extensive inspection process. Proper maintenance of the tools of your trade will safeguard against you or anyone else having an accident that could, in fact, prove fatal. Removing the risk of electric shock is the key benefit associated with PAT testing/portable appliance testing.
Confidence in Your Electrical Equipment
You can feel assured of the fact that the team here at Jim’s Test and Tag can reduce your risk and ensure compliance by thoroughly assessing equipment, appliances, and any electrical outlets on your premises. We complement this with credible OHS records, detailed reports for all items tested, a free reminder service, and a testing program that ensures you can plan for future testing that will fully satisfy your compliance needs. PAT testing/portable appliance testing is very important for everyone
So, get in touch today to avail of a free quote for portable appliance testing. You don’t need to stress about whether your electrical tools are fit for your purpose while you work, and with our team on your side, you can focus on getting the job done, confident in the knowledge that your equipment is safe and won’t let you down.
Jim’s Test & Tag has been servicing Australia for over 15 years, and we have no plans of slowing down. We can work with you to ensure that all of your appliances are safe, preventing outages or other problems that would lead to you having to purchase new equipment. Most importantly, we provide PAT testing to protect you and those around you.
At Jim’s Test & Tag, we can test the following range of appliances at your place of work:
- Handheld power tools including drills, belt sanders, angle grinders, nail guns, etc.
- Home and office kitchen appliances including fire extinguishers, kettles, toasters, coffee makers, etc.
- Commercial cleaning equipment including vacuum cleaners and steam mops.
Protect your Tools and Equipment
The tools, instruments and equipment used by electrical workers often have special design characteristics, and if they are poorly maintained they can lead to dangerous electric risks. When handling portable appliance testing it’s important to be wary of risks that aren’t visible to the naked eye, as they can be hard to spot. Prevent this by hiring a service provider to test all of your appliances, both stationary and portable, in order to sustain your working tools. We maintain the highest level of service when inspecting and testing appliances, and strive to keep them working for as long as possible.
Anything that plugs in needs to be tested in a commercial environment. Any new equipment must be tested prior to use, as well as equipment that has recently been serviced or repaired. If your business is using hire equipment, you need to make sure it has been tested prior to hire. The frequency of your testing requirements will vary based on the nature of your business. You can refer to the AS/NZS 3760:2010 standard for inspection and testing of electrical equipment or the AS/NZS 3012:2010 for electrical installations – construction. If you have any further questions about your testing obligations and frequency, get in touch with one of our PAT technicians via the contact page or request a free quote.
Why should I choose Jim’s Test & Tag for PAT testing?
Choosing a portable appliance testing service shouldn’t be a daunting task, as long as you have a provider with adequate staff and a good reputation. When tasked with portable appliance testing, it’s important to use a service provider with the expertise and equipment to ensure passing inspection. Jim’s Test & Tag has been a leading expert in this field for over 15 years and strives to provide you with the most comprehensive and efficient service.
Our technicians use the latest PAT testing devices to ensure your tools and appliances are safe for use after testing. We provide a detailed report for each item we test and offer notification of scheduled maintenance so you never miss a test. You can remain compliant with your workplace safety obligations with our testing team. We take the stress out of workplace safety so that you can feel protected from potential hazards. Prevention is our priority.