Testing & Inspections

At Atech Electrical we can carry out a wide array of testing including PAT testing, fire alarm testing and fixed wiring testing for domestic and commercial clients. We cover customers across Oxfordshire, including Oxford, Abingdon, Witney, Didcot, Wantage, Wallingford, Thame and the surrounding areas.

What is a PAT test?

In a nutshell, a PAT test determines whether or not an electrical appliance is safe to use. The PAT tester searches for defects that could potentially cause an electrical fault. A qualified electrician will be able to detect some of these defects through a visual examination process, while other defects would only be detected with specialised equipment. This is why it is essential that a professional fully trained operative carries out the inspection.

When do you need a PAT test?

All electric appliances used in a commercial or domestic rental (when provided by the landlord) have to be kept in a safe condition. Employers have a legal obligation to keep their appliances safe under the Electricity at Work Regulations (1989). While it isn’t obligatory to get PAT tests at set intervals, regular inspections are strongly advised. The more power an appliance uses, the more frequently it is used or the harsher the environment, the more regularly you will want to get it checked.

Office equipment requires less frequent testing.

Onsite tools require a minimum of annual testing plus regular on-site operative inspections.

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For instance, a pneumatic drill used every day on a construction site will need PAT testing more frequently than a domestic electric steamer that is used four times a year. Common sense should apply here, but we recommend that offices should have all appliances PAT tested by a professional electrician every three years and landlords have all appliances PAT tested by a professional electrician annually.

For landlords, we often carry out full inventory PAT tests whenever there is a change in tenancy. Simply give us a call to arrange this service at a time of your convenience.

Why work with Atech?

Our team of electricians at Atech are well placed to carry out PAT tests on a full range of equipment, from power tools to washing machines. We carry out a thorough inspection and comprehensive series of tests on all equipment to rule out faults and can provide professional advice based on our training and knowledge.

  • We have the tools to carry out PAT tests correctly.
  • We have the knowledge to carry out accurate visual examinations.
  • We have the experience and training to interpret the results to determine if an appliance is safe.
  • We provide a PAT certificate detailing our finding.

Book your Portable Appliance Testing

Whether you want reassurance about a single appliance, or need your whole inventory checking, we can carry out PAT tests quickly and efficiently, and issue you with the necessary paperwork to prove compliance. To arrange your PAT test, or for a free estimate, send us a message through our enquiry form.

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