London PAT testing companies: what to look for?

London PAT testing companies: what to look for?

If your organisation uses plugged-in appliances, you almost certainly need regular PAT testing. It’s the most effective way to comply with UK legal obligations that electrical equipment is safe. PAT testing is also a fundamental activity in internal electrical equipment maintenance routines.

As you reading this article, we’re sure you are already aware of the importance of PAT testing for your London based premises, but you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by the array of London PAT testing companies that are available and vying to win your business.

With so many London electrical companies offering PAT testing services, how can you be sure that you are choosing the right providers for your organisation and your environments? This article offers a handy checklist of important questions, and our answers, to help you make an informed decision when choosing the right electrical testing company for your PAT testing requirements.

Why is PAT testing important?

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the inspection and testing of portable electrical equipment in the workplace. The various electrical inspections, tests and checks on the appliance ensure it’s safe to use by the organisation’s staff and any members of the public that may use them.

How often should PAT testing be carried out?

Every site needs a risk assessment to determine how frequently the appliances need to be inspected and tested. The risk assessment identifies your PAT testing requirements.

The PAT testing frequency for every electrical device used depends on the type of appliance, the environment it’s used in and how the appliance is made. For instance, an office PC is required to have a visual inspection every two years and a full inspection every five years. However, the electrical extension that the PC is plugged into would require a visual inspection every year, and a full test every two years, because the extension is likely to be moved and handled frequently which increases the risk of a fault developing.

Is the PAT testing company competent?

Of course when it comes to electrical safety, the key question to ask is whether the PAT testing company have the expertise, and are trustworthy to do a competent job.

Reputable PAT testers are likely to be NICEIC approved contractors. NICEIC assess electrical contractors to ensure they are providing the highest levels of quality and efficiency. NICEIC approval is one of the highest levels of accreditation in the electrical services industry.

Other accreditations to look for, for assurance of expertise and reliability, include ConstructionLine, CHAS, CompEx for working in the hazardous areas industry, and APEA for working within the petroleum industry.

If you’re a medium to large size organisation, working with electrical contractors that have effective management and reporting systems in-place can help your PAT testing regime integrate seamlessly with your facilities management systems. Choosing electrical contractors holding ISO standards, such as ISO 9001 for management systems and ISO 14001:2015 for environmental performance management, could be a reassuring choice for seamless project management and reporting.

Don’t be afraid to ask your prospective electrical contractor about which accreditations they hold.

Does the service comply with the law?

PAT testing is almost always the best maintenance program for electrical appliances. If you don’t have an effective plug-in appliance maintenance program, your organisation is breaking UK law along with various statutory regulations including PUWER 1998 and EAWR 1989.

Increasingly, insurance companies are insisting that PAT testing is conducted every 12 months. Local council inspections are also making PAT testing a routine part of their audits. With all this in mind, your organisation needs PAT testing.

What records do they provide and keep?

Modern technology is increasingly being used to improve the efficiency of PAT testing record keeping.

Progressive electrical contractors are now using smartphones and tablets for test reports, which can be uploaded and available instantly online. For busy organisation’s, instant and easy retrieval of testing documentation can be a big time-saver.

Does the PAT testing company have the resources to meet the needs of medium to large size organisations?

Many electrical contractors are small businesses. If you’re a medium-sized to larger organisation, for example with multi-site locations, a key consideration is check whether the PAT testing company have the manpower to provide the testing and support you need to stay up-to-date.

Even if the PAT testing company have enough electrical engineers in one area, do they have the operating range to effectively cover sites in different regions, for example across the country? Costs can skyrocket, and service can be compromised, if it’s too much of a stretch for a small electrical company to cover your multi-site premises.

Why Choose Reaction Group for your London PAT tests?

Reaction Group is a leading London PAT testing company and one of the UK’s most trusted nationwide electrical services partner. Their team of certified engineers have provided expert electrical services for over 12 years, helping clients to comply with UK law and stay safe. In that time, they’ve worked with businesses across London and the UK, from smaller enterprises to global brands including the BBC, Transport For London (TFL), Amazon, Samsung and Coca Cola.

Choose Reaction Group for PAT testing in London because:

  • Full London coverage, with multi-site capacity
  • Nationwide coverage by a team of over 40 certified electrical engineers based across the country
  • NICEIC approved contractors
  • Holders of a range of industry leading certifications, including specialist certifications for industries and environments such as oil, gas, and petroleum
  • Online reporting available instantly for accurate and efficient reporting
  • Holders of ISO 9001 for effective management systems and ISO 14001:2015 for environmental performance management
  • Specialists for medium-sized to large enterprises and environments
  • 100% money back guarantee
  • Value – one of the UK’s most competitive providers for PAT testing

Next steps

Click the following link to learn more about Reaction Group’s London PAT testing service. For advice about your organisation’s PAT testing requirements, contact Reaction Group’s friendly team in London on 0203 961 5855. If you’re ready to arrange your PAT testing, book Reaction Group for London PAT tests here.