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Electrical Testing Unit

Electrical Testing Unit

The councils Electrical Testing Unit provides a comprehensive Portable Appliance Testing (PAT testing) and repair service. Our aim is to ensure that all electrical items used in the work place are electrically safe. All our engineers are fully qualified and have extensive experience in carrying out PAT testing in different work environments. The PAT testing service provided includes;

  • Fully combined inspection and test    

  • Test items in situ 

  • Check fuse fitted is correct size for appliance 

  • Fuse replaced if incorrect 

  • Check inside plug for correct termination and all connections tight 

  • All cable clamps checked 

  • Plugs changed where necessary 

  • Leads replaced where needed 

  • Carrying out minor repairs 

  • Flexible testing times to suit the customer 

  • Free sweep up sessions of equipment not available during the initial visit, when signing up to a service level agreement. 

Rather than just failing faulty items we will where possible try to repair them, which can save time and money by either having to replace items or paying for another engineer to come and repair them. These minor repairs are all covered as part of the service.  

Our flexible service allows PAT testing work to be carried out, to fit in with the needs of each customer.

Should equipment fail during the year we also offer a repair service. Where possible we will source the replacement parts and then conduct the repairs at a convenient time. We also carry a stock of replacement parts for the more commonly used pieces of electrical equipment. Often repairs can be carried out quickly with out the need to wait for replacement parts to be ordered.

Statutory duties

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommend regular checks on electrical items in order to meet the requirements of the following legislation;

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 

  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 

  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

PAT testing intervals

The table below shows our minimum PAT testing intervals for different types of equipment, locations and usage

Battery-operated/extra low voltage (<50 volts AC) or telephone handsets

Not required

IT equipment located within a WorkSmart environment at a main council office*

(*Civic Centre, Church Square House and Hewson House)

Every four years

All other types of portable electrical equipment at a main council office*

Every 12 months

IT equipment located at any other places of work/offices

Every 12 months

All other types of portable electrical equipment located at any other places of work/offices

Every 12 months

Other types of equipment may require more frequent testing i.e. hand held power tools or electrical equipment that is being heavily worked, used frequently on daily tasks or regularly exposed to inclement weather

Visual inspection every day before use AND testing every six months

 

Service level targets

  • All employees are CRB/DBS cleared. 

  • Same team will provide the service each time to allow relationships to be built with the customer. 

  • One point of contact via phone or email. 

  • Flexible working to allow the service to be tailored to the needs of individual customers. 

  • Certificate of testing provided for each site. 

  • Where possible efforts will be made to repair items during testing rather then failing them.

Prices and further information

Various pricing options are available and include a price per item or as a day rate.

The most suitable pricing option will depend on the size and type of business.

For more information on this service or to obtain a quote tailored to your business, please contact us.

Our traded services

Contact details

PAT.testing@northlincs.gov.uk 

07717 588003

Electrical Testing Unit 
North Lincolnshire Council 
Church Square House
Scunthorpe
North Lincolnshire
DN15 6NL

Opening hours

Monday to Thursday: 8.30am to 5pm

Friday: 8.30am to 4.30pm

Outside these hours by prior appointment only

Last updated: 06/01/2016