Method Statement for Portable Appliance Inspection & Testing.
1) Client Liaison: The Premier PAT Test engineer shall make himself known to the person responsible for health & safety at the testing premises. The engineer will liaise with this person or the person nominated as the site contact in all matters of testing with regard to the schedule of testing on the premises, times for appropriate shut down of equipment etc; and advise this person of any appliances that fail testing.
2) Guidelines for Testing: Testing will be carried out under the IEE’s Code of Practice for In-service Inspection & Testing. This testing includes all electrical equipment of the following types (as detailed in the IEE code of practice): portable appliances, moveable or transportable equipment/appliances, hand held appliances, stationary equipment/appliances, fixed appliances, appliances/equipment for building in, IT equipment and extension leads.
a) Flex - the flex will be inspected for any damage ensuring it is free from cuts, fraying or stress.
b) Plug - the plug top will be opened to ensure that the flexible cable is secure in it’s anchorage and is correctly wired, that the fuse is of the correct rating for the appliance and it is free from any sign of overheating and is in physically good condition.
c) The Appliance - the appliance will be inspected to ensure that it is in good working order, including ensuring that it switches on & off properly and the casing or cabinet has no signs of damage that could result in access to live parts.
a) Polarity Test (only carried out on extension cables & supply leads).
b) Earth Continuity Test (not carried out on class II appliances that have no earth).
c) Insulation Resistance Test.
d) Operational Test (if possible).
e) Earth Leakage Test (if operational test carried out).
f) Tests on computer equipment are “soft tests” of 200mA on earth continuity. No operational tests are carried out on computer CPUs.
a) A label will be attached to each appliance that passed testing with appliance ID and “Retest Due” date. This label will be of the type “mark and seal”.
b) Appliances that fail testing will be labeled “Do Not Use Failed Safety Test”.
6) Documentation: Appliance Register, Fail certificates (if applicable), Pass certificates, Display certificate will be sent upon completion of testing on the premises and data being processed at our office. Our aim is to provide this information within one week of our site visit along with our invoice.
a) Appliance Register - A complete register of all equipment tested on the premises and their location.
b) Fail certificates - Appliances that failed testing will be outlined in red on the report showing details of the reason for failure and any recommendations made.
c) Pass certificates - Full details of all test results for appliances that passed testing.
d) Display Certificate - A certificate for display on the premises to advise that all appliances have been tested for electrical safety.