PAT testing in London with Reaction Group

PAT Testing in London

PAT testing in London

If you or your business require PAT testing in London, then you’re in the right place. At Reaction Group we provide a professional and comprehensive PAT testing service for businesses in and around London.

PAT testing in London – the basics

PAT testing or Portable Appliance testing covers the testing on portable electrical appliances within a premises and should be carried out by a competent PAT testing engineer. Common examples of tested appliances include PCs, printers, kitchen equipment and handheld construction equipment like drills.

Although there are currently no legal requirements for PAT testing to be performed within the workplace; there is a duty of care when it comes to electrical safety and employers, landlords and the self-employed are expected to take reasonable measures to prevent danger.

Therefore, by organising regular PAT tests at your business in London will help keep your employees or residents safe by reducing potential issues that may arise.

Did you know over 25% of all fires in the workplace are linked to a malfunction of either a piece of electrical equipment, wiring, or both.

What happens during a PAT Test in London

A PAT testing London engineer will conduct visual and electrical tests when carrying out portable appliance testing. The visual inspections will check for any visible damage such as broken wires, rust, exposure to water or sunlight. If deemed safe enough, the engineer will then perform appliance tests to analyse the electrical flow and will provide a report which will be shared with the client.

Each appliance will be noted as a pass or fail, and our engineers will provide recommendations for when the next PAT testing visit should be organised. This will vary for each business due to many factors influencing the health and safety of the appliances such as age of the equipment, type of appliance, exposure to water or rough weather conditions, how often the equipment is used and if there have been any modifications to the equipment.

How to choose a PAT testing London partner

We take the health and safety of our clients and their staff seriously, therefore extra care is taken to ensure all the jobs we work on are treated on an individual basis. When we start a new PAT testing London job for a client, we carry out a detailed site survey first and ensure all the appropriate paperwork is completed before any work is started.

When choosing a PAT testing London partner, you want to ensure they have all the necessary qualifications and reputable associations. At Reaction Group, we are NICEIC accredited which is the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry. For nearly sixty years they have assessed the electrical competence of electricians and maintain over 26,000 registered contractors.

We are also SafeContractor approved, Constructionline registered, a CHAS accredited contractor and part of the Apea scheme. Read more about our accreditations and what they mean for you and your business.

PAT Testing in London with Reaction Group

Our expert engineers are available in London to provide comprehensive PAT testing services for you and your business. No matter the size, type or risk level, we can find a bespoke solution for you and will work with you to create a suitable maintenance package.

To learn more about our PAT testing London services or to book a free initial survey, please get in touch with our team on 0203 961 5855 or email us on reception@reactiongrp.com.

Fixed Wire Testing FAQs

Fixed Wire Testing FAQs

Fixed wire testing is a procedure that shouldn’t be overlooked by businesses, landlords and homeowners. Every electrical installation is likely to deteriorate over time and may become unsafe for use. For this reason, it’s important for these installations to be tested at regular intervals to avoid potential danger. To help clear some of the confusion around fixed wire testing, we have pulled together the most common questions we get asked.

What is fixed wire testing?

Fixed wire testing is the inspection, testing and reporting of electrical systems within a home, workplace or premises. Due to the potential risks associated with electrical wiring, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 came into force in 1990, which ensures employers monitor the condition of their electrical systems. Learn more about basics of fixed wire testing >

What is a fixed electrical installation?

A fixed electrical installation is any hard electrical wiring within a home or building which is not portable. A few common examples include distribution boards, lighting points, socket outlets and air conditioning.

Who should carry out fixed wire tests?

Only a professional, qualified individual should perform fixed wire tests, due to the potential hazards associated. When selecting a fixed wire testing company to complete your tests you should ensure they hold the correct qualifications and carry out the necessary health and safety checks before performing the tests. These may include being an NICEIC Approved Contractor, Safe Contractor, Constructiononline or CHAS approved to name a few.

At Reaction Group, we ensure all our electricians are C&G 2391 qualified and our company are accredited by the industry-leading organisations. Take a look at our full list of accreditations here >

What happens during a fixed wire test?

During a typical fixed wire test, the electrician will carry out a health and safety survey to ensure any potential risks are noted and managed to keep any risks to a minimum. The fixed wire testing professional will then perform a variety of rigorous tests including visual interrogation and circuit testing to evaluate the operation of your fixed installation systems.

These results will then be recorded and appropriate recommendation will be provided which may result in the systems being deemed unsafe for use or simply to schedule another check within the suggested period.

How often should I get my electrical installation inspected?

Depending on certain factors, the regularity of your recommended tests are likely to differ; these factors may include:

  • Age of the electrical wiring
  • Type of business and how often the system is used
  • Size of the system
  • Impacts of the surrounding environment e.g. water exposure or sunlight exposure

Typically we recommend the following timeframes for scheduled fixed wire testing:

  • Businesses / Commercial – every 5 years
  • Domestic or homeowner – at least every 10 years
  • Landlord’s tenanted property – every 5 years or at each change of occupancy, whichever comes first, as per the Landlords and Tenant Act 1985.
  • Industrial Units or premises – every 3 years
  • Churches/ Chapels etc. – every 3 years
  • Petrol Filling Stations –annually

How can I find an electrician in my area?

There are many fixed wire testing companies across the UK who can offer comprehensive services for your home, business or properties.

At Reaction Group, we have a network of employees that cover all UK locations and can provide clients with a 24/7 callout service in case any issues arise in between scheduled visits. Simply get in touch with our team so we can find a fixed wire testing electrician near you.

What responsibility do landlords have for fixed wire testing?

As per the Landlords and Tenant Act 1985, landlords have a responsibility to keep electrical wiring safe and in working order during short leases. Therefore it is recommended that landlords organise fixed wire testing and PAT testing at regular intervals. As mentioned above, this should be every 5 years or at each change of occupancy, whichever comes sooner.

What’s the difference between fixed wire testing and PAT testing?

Fixed wire testing refers to the testing of installed wire systems which are often hidden and more difficult to test, repair and visually see an issue.

On the other hand, PAT testing is the process of testing electrical equipment that is portable such as refrigerators, PCs, TVs and DIY drills. These tend to have wires and require the user to plug the equipment in to use; these pose a different risk to users. As per the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 employers and landlords have a duty of care to ensure portable appliances are maintained properly to prevent danger. See our article here to learn more about the difference >

How do I book a fixed wire test?

To learn more about fixed wire testing or to book a free initial site survey, please get in touch with our friendly team on 0203 961 5855 or email us at reception@reactiongrp.com.

PAT Testing companies in London

Choosing PAT Testing Companies in London

With a range of PAT Testing companies in London, it’s important to select a partner you can trust and rely on. PAT Testing is a proven process that can reduce the risk of electrical harm and in worst case scenarios, prevent loss of lives.

In 2015/16, there were 15,432 fires of electrical origin, of which 80.5% were caused by appliances and products.

Avoid electrical harm with PAT Testing

PAT Testing is the process of testing portable appliances to ensure they are safe to use within the workplace. Examples of such portable appliances include handheld drills, washing machines and IT equipment. Read more about the importance of PAT Testing here >

PAT Testing companies can assist by performing regular tests on your business’ portable appliances to ensure they are safe for use. During a PAT Testing visit, the company will perform visual inspections, ensure the cables are in good condition, test the insulation between carrying parts, check any exposed metal that could be touched and may also perform circuit tests.

What makes a PAT Testing company stand out?

PAT Testing companies should put their clients first and carry out bespoke tests appropriate to their needs. With the safety of others at potential risk, it is important that the PAT Testing professionals hold the appropriate qualifications and follow health and safety procedures.

A professional PAT tester should take extra care when performing PAT Tests and take into consideration the surrounding environment, the age of the equipment and how frequent the equipment is used, before carrying out tests. The mentioned factors may increase any of the potential risks to the tester, employees and environment.

Why should you choose Reaction Group as your PAT Testing company?

At Reaction Group, we take pride in knowing our clients will receive thorough PAT Tests to ensure their equipment is safe for use. Our team will perform a health and safety survey of the equipment and environment to analyse the level of potential risk before carrying out the tests.

If you experience any issues, our electricians are available 24/7 and will offer their expertise to help you!

Our team of experienced engineers work efficiently to ensure minimal disruption to your workplace. Our engineers are all qualified to C&G2377 and as an NICEIC approved company, you can rest assured our practices are competent and always meet the technical and safety standards.

PAT Testing companies in London

If you are a business in London, please get in touch with us at Reaction Group for a quote. We have worked with businesses in London and across the UK, from small enterprises to global organisations such as Amazon, Samsung and Coca-Cola.

We can provide one-off or regular maintenance packages for your business in London which takes into consideration the size, type and level of risk. Call 0203 961 5855.