Dorset, United Kingdom (PressExposure) November 29, 2009 -- The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has regulated that all portable electrical appliances that are used within a workplace or on shop premises need to be certified as safe to use. The certification is done through electrical PAT testing and must be carried out by someone who is authorised. Whilst this may seem like yet another irritating regulation imposed on business owners the fact is that 25% of all accidents occurring in the workplace are actually caused by electrical faults and as employers we have a duty to make sure that our employees are kept safe.
During the winter months it is more likely that portable electrical heaters may need to be used to keep the workplace at an acceptable temperature. So it makes sense to be sure that any that may be used have up to date appliance testing and are certified as safe to be used in the workplace. Of course you could leave it to chance that the weather will not get too cold or that your heating systems will function efficiently all winter but this is one of those areas where it pays to be safe rather than sorry. Closing the premises and sending your staff home because you cannot keep your buildings warm is always going to be, by far, the more expensive option.
Of course you need to have all your portable electrical appliances certified so you will need to find a suitable PAT testing company to carry out the work for you. There are many companies offering PAT testing services and you will need to find the right one for you. Naturally, they will need to have fully qualified staff who are experienced in PAT testing. Ideally you want to find a company that will come out to your premises to carry out the testing on site rather than have to take all your portable electrical appliances to their premises. And of course you are going to have to look for a company that, while offering a great service, is competitively priced.
We would suggest that you contact Pat-Pro, they are one of the longest established PAT testing companies in the UK with staff all over the country, so they will have someone well qualified and highly competent that lives near you. You can contact them initially on http://www.pat-pro.co.uk/ to get a quote, just make a list of the portable electrical appliances that you need testing. They will also contact you each time an appliance needs to be retested so you donât have to worry about it.