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Legal In-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment, often called portable appliance testing (PAT) is required in the UK. Law mandates that all employers ensure that electrical equipment is safely maintained. Though periodic testing is not required, many businesses elect to conduct annual checks to certify that all electrical appliances are safe and functional. In public buildings and all work places an electrical installation must be inspected by a competent person regularly. Guidance from the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) suggest initial intervals for combined inspection and testing that range from three months (for construction equipment), to one year or longer for inspection of some types of appliances in schools, hotels, offices, and shops. Finding a qualified inspector for PAT is a matter of searching for trained and accredited technicians and engineers. Look for a multi-disciplined firm that will conduct all needed tests at one time, thus minimizing workplace disruptions. You will want them to provide access to PAT status reports, and to affix labels showing evidence that the equipment has been tested and passed. In the case of a problem the label should state do not use after.. These reports and labels are not mandated, but are part of good electrical maintenance practice. The best practice is to set up written maintenance procedures for all equipment, whether electrical, gas (which is also required), HVAC, or water. All liabilities and insurance issues need to be covered, as does protection of the owners investment in equipment. Smoothly running building systems will reduce repair expenses and down time. The law does not state that any certain type of training is required, only that the inspector be competent. Since it is likely that an outside person will be hired to do this testing, most employers err on the safe side and try to find someone trained to the City and Guilds of London Institute Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment. When selecting a firm ask them about the equipment they use, and exactly what it is designed to do. (Equipment designed for PAT inspections based on compliance with the British Standard Code of Practice is now available.) Will they be making recommendations about changes, or simply testing? You might want them to assist your staff in interpreting results, or in actually making alternations to your building electrical system and appliances. The required PAT should become part of the routine of every workplace. Finding a competent inspector is not difficult if you educate yourself about your responsibilities and how the inspector will assistant you in preventing equipment failure. About the Author: 相关的主题文章: