Ensure your portable electrical appliances and equipment are safe to use.

Have you searched for Portable appliance testing (PAT) Near Me? Brilliant, if you’re Google & locations settings are correct then the chances are we’re exactly what you’re looking for :-). We provide portable appliance testing (PAT) for businesses and individuals in North Wales and the North West. PAT testing in Flintshire, Denbighshire, Conwy, Wrexham, Merseyside and the Wirral; Chester, Ellesmere Port, Birkenhead, Wallasey, Deeside and Broughton, etc. We offer PAT testing to all businesses and traders; e.g. mobile hairdressers, trades people, SME to PLC organisations. In most cases, we come to you, but you can bring your items to us if that is more convenient. In some instances the latter may be more cost effective. Please call our office to discuss options on 01352 781965.

PAT Testing North Wales and the North West

Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used for the examination of portable electrical appliances and equipment. The testing helps ensure that these appliances are safe to use. The majority of electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination. However some types of defect can only be found by testing. The visual examination is an essential part of the process because some types of electrical safety defect can’t be detected by testing alone. PAT testing is required by employers, landlords and self-employed to ensure safety of portable appliances. Therefore, if you are in business have have portable appliances, you should ensure these are safe. Therefore tested at the appropriate time. This page will give you guidance on what you need to know, and to get your equipment tested by us.

Is PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) a legal requirement?

PAT testing is not, in itself, a legal requirement. However, current UK legislation states that you must maintain electrical equipment in a safe condition. The best way to do this, is to conduct PAT on your equipment and appliances. The HSE state the below.

The Electricity at Work Regulation 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. However the Regulations do not specify what needs to be done, by whom or how frequently. E.g. they don’t have inspection or testing of the electrical appliances a legal requirement, nor do they make it a legal requirement to undertake this annually.

Source: Health & Safety Executive.

By testing your portable appliances and equipment will help you comply with the –   

The Hive Collaborative’s (PAT) portable appliance testing is a trusted, reliable and cost-effective process, giving your business complete peace of mind, ensuring onsite and offsite equipment is safe to use. For more information, call 01352 781965. Our Prices are listed below.

PAT (Portable Appliance Testing)
PAT (Portable Appliance Testing)

PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) Pricing

Our PAT pricing is very straight forward. There are no hidden charges. Prices quoted below are for customers within 20 miles of CH7, Mold, North Wales. We’re happy to provide a personal quotation for businesses outside of this area, based on a rate of £30 per hour.

  • Up to 20 items – £65.00 fixed rate then £1.25 per item after,
  • Over 125 items – £1.25 per item,
  • Over 250 items – £1.00 per item

We can also provide you with a day or hourly rate price if preferred.

  • Repairs to existing cable or plug FREE (where repairable),
  • Supply & fit replacement plug FREE
  • Supply & fit replacement fuse FREE

Our price includes – free remedial repairs, replacement plugs and fuses.

We provide:

  • you with a same day test certificate,
  • guidance on retest periods,
  • timely retest reminders to keep you safe.

How often to test appliances and equipment?

A few factors need to be considered when you are determining how frequent to test your portable equipment and appliances. The frequency of testing and inspection depends upon the type of equipment and the environment that the equipment it is used in. E.g. a power tool used on a construction site, or a hair dryer in a hair salon should be examined more frequently than a lamp in a hotel bedroom. We provide all our customers retest guidance report, and testing reminders for each item.

Our PAT recommendations

With the above HSE statement in mind, we recommend the following:

The person doing testing work needs to be competent to do it. In most low-risk low-risk environments, you can use a competent member of staff to undertake the visual inspections if they have enough knowledge and training. Would you be able to satisfy this requirement? Our engineers meet this requirement and regularly undertake CPD training.

Bear in mind though, when undertaking combined inspection and testing, a greater level of knowledge and experience is required, and the person will need:

  • the correct equipment to do the tests,
  • the ability to use this equipment properly,
  • the ability to properly understand the test results.

Our engineers are qualified to City & Guild Level 2 and use industry standard rated equipment.

PAT Good Practice

Ask your employees to complete a relatively brief visual check of their portable electrical devices and equipment in between checks completed formally by a PAT engineer. A checklist can be used to assist this process.

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