PAT Testing

WHERE CAN TESTING BE CARRIED OUT?

You can come to us, or we can come to you – whatever suits you best really!  Marten are based in Snodland, Kent ME6 5HH.  We cover the whole of the South East UK, and are happy to travel further afield as and when necessary. The regions frequently covered include;

  • Kent
  • Medway
  • East Sussex
  • West Sussex
  • Surrey
  • Hampshire
  • London
  • Essex
  • Hertfordshire
  • Bedfordshire
  • Berkshire
  • Buckinghamshire

 

Local PAT Testing in Kent & Medway Towns include;

  • Ashford
  • Broadstairs
  • Canterbury
  • Chatham
  • Cranbrook
  • Deal
  • Dover
  • Edenbridge
  • Faversham
  • Folkestone
  • Gillingham
  • Gravesend
  • Herne Bay
  • Hythe
  • Lydd
  • Maidstone
  • Margate
  • Minster
  • New Romney
  • Northfleet
  • Paddock Wood
  • Queenborough
  • Ramsgate
  • Rochester
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Sandwich
  • Sevenoaks
  • Sheerness
  • Sittingbourne
  • Snodland
  • Southborough
  • Strood
  • Swanley
  • Tenterden
  • Tonbridge
  • West Malling
  • Westerham
  • Westgate-On-Sea
  • Whitstable

PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING (PAT TESTING)

Here on this page we aim to introduce you to our PAT testing service.  In 2009 Paul Comber found there was lack of high quality PAT testing in his local area and so he felt the need to change that and Kent PAT Testing began trading!  Paul’s commitment to providing a fast, friendly, high quality and reliable service from the outset, building long-standing relationships with his customers and supplies ensured the PAT testing business grew successfully year on year, and it was only a matter of time before the logical diversification into custom cable manufacture & supply; hence the Marten brand was born.  Kent PAT Testing now trades within Marten Group Ltd and remains an important and valued core aspect to the business.

Scroll down for more information, and please also feel free to browse our Testimonials and FAQs.

If you simply need a Quote then click on the quote section and fill in your details!

Or please do pick up the phone on 01634 564130 or 07792 566125 – we are ready & waiting for your call and will be delighted to discuss your requirements.

 

WHAT IS PAT TESTING?

PAT stands for Portable Appliance Testing.  There is no legal definition for a portable appliance, however at Marten we define a portable appliance as equipment which is movable/transportable/portable and intended to be hand held or hand operated whilst connected to a fixed electrical installation or a generator, by means of a flexible cable (which would use either a plug and socket or a spur box, or similar means).  The electrical supply is assumed to be at least 50 volts AC or 120 volts DC (these are the minimum voltages which can give a fatal electrical shock).  A misused, worn or damaged portable appliance could cause electrical shock or burn, and/or fire, and potentially leading to serious injury and/or expensive property damage, and worse case scenario the loss of life.  Therefore PAT Testing is the process of examining electrical equipment and appliances to ensure they are safe to use.

 

WHY PAT TEST?

We cannot emphasise enough that electrical safety should be taken seriously at all times.  The key purpose of PAT Testing is to help protect you and others;  PAT testing will prevent (or at least reduce) the risk of injury (or even fatality) and/or fire damage caused by damaged/worn/misused portable electrical appliances.  PAT testing itself is not a legal obligation HOWEVER, health & safety legislation states that businesses must maintain electrical equipment in a safe condition and furthermore businesses are held legally responsible for the safety of their employees and the public.  PAT testing is one of the most effective ways of helping you to ensure you meet your legal obligations and responsibilities!

There are several laws & regulations which relate to Health & Safety – including the Health & Safety At Work etc Act 1974 (which is the primary legislation in Great Britain) and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (which requires that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition).

At work, employers are legally obliged to protect their employees and others (including the public) from getting hurt or ill, through the work activities and use of electrical appliances & equipment.  Failure to do so leaves the employer open to criminal prosecution, and also potentially subject to civil legal action (typically for compensation on grounds of negligence).  As part of your legal Health & Safety obligations, electrical equipment and its use should be addressed within your risk assessment, which will then help you identify and understand the specific PAT testing requirements of your particular business.

It is also worth noting that insurers routinely specify compliance with relevant legislation (e.g. Health & Safety) as a condition of their cover.  Many insurers now seek proof of compliance – an example would be to supply documentary evidence of PAT Testing.  Failure to provide that evidence could invalidate your insurance cover (and furthermore leave you open to negligence accusations).  This doesn’t just apply to the insurance for the  owner of the appliances, but also for insurance requirements of any connected third party (for example a building owner’s insurance policy might specify that any visitors to the building wishing to use their electrical items within that building must first must show proof of PAT testing before use of the items is authorised) and so on.

 

HOW IS A PAT TEST CARRIED OUT?

A PAT test MUST be carried out by a competent person.  Each item is disconnected from the electrical supply for the duration of the PAT test.  The test consists of 2 key aspects and we have listed below our own approach to those 2 aspects;

  1. Visual/physical inspection from its connector/plug, along the cable, and around the actual appliance itself.
  • Open Every Plug Top
  • Check Every Fuse
  • Tighten Every Screw Terminal
  • Tighten Every Clamp
  • Check Every Cord
  1. Connection of the appliance to a specialist electronic PAT testing device. This addresses what you can’t see/touch, using calibrated amounts of electricity from the test device itself.
  • Test Continuity Of The Protective Earth
  • Test Insulation & Leakage
  • Record All Results Including Test Result Values Digitally

At Marten all of our PAT testing staff hold City & Guilds 2377-12 qualifications and are truly competent to carry out PAT testing.  For your additional peace of mind we hold £5 million Public Liability insurance.  We use top of the range, calibrated, digital PAT test devices enabling us to consistently provide you with high quality PAT Testing time after time, for each and every appliance.

  • High quality reliable test results are achieved & stored digitally in Marten’s test devices for later uploading to Marten’s client system.
  • The Marten testing device allocates a unique identifiable asset number to each item tested.
  • If the item passes the test, the device prints a Marten electrical safety PASS sticker containing the date of test and the unique asset number which is then placed on the respective item.
  • After the test, and within 12 hours of receipt of payment, a full report of the test results, a register of the assets, and a certificate of compliance are emailed to you.

 

WHO IS PAT TESTING FOR?

Basically anyone who owns or uses portable electrical appliances!  From private residential individuals to large national companies, we’re happy to help you.  Here’s a small list to give you some ideas, but it could go on and on;

  • Shop
  • Office
  • Factory
  • School
  • College
  • University
  • Nursery
  • Library
  • Cinema
  • Theatre
  • Cafe
  • Bar
  • Nightclub
  • Restaurant
  • Takeaway
  • Mobile Catering
  • Trades People inc Electricians, Plumbers, Builders, Gardeners (think power tools etc)
  • Hairdresser
  • Beautician
  • Healthcare Clinic
  • Gym or Spa
  • Hotel, B&B, Holiday Apartment, Airbnb property
  • Caravan, Lodge, Holiday Park or Holiday Home
  • Rented Accomodation
  • Student Residence
  • Care Homes, Nursing Homes, Assisted or Supported Living, Day Centre
  • Doctor GP Practice, Dentists Dental Practice, Hospital, Care Centre, Hospice
  • Car Dealership, Garage Repair Services
  • Mobile DJ
  • Band, Musician or Entertainer
  • Village Hall and Community Centre

No job is too small or large – from individuals walking in to us with 1 item, all the way through to large national organisations with thousands of items (perhaps in multiple locations) we stand ready to help you.  Feel free to give us a call and we’ll be delighted to talk through your requirements and how Marten can help.

 

WHEN SHOULD PAT TESTING BE DONE?

The frequency of PAT testing will be defined by your own risk assessment and Health & Safety policy.  As a general rule, we recommend testing all items annually as a minimum.

We can carry out your PAT Testing  whenever it is most convenient for your appliances and equipment to be shut down for testing.  We do not charge extra for out of hours as we understand that majority of appliances and equipment are normally used during the day!

PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING (PAT TESTING)

Here on this page we aim to introduce you to our PAT testing service.  In 2009 Paul Comber found there was lack of high quality PAT testing in his local area and so he felt the need to change that and Kent PAT Testing began trading!  Paul’s commitment to providing a fast, friendly, high quality and reliable service from the outset, building long-standing relationships with his customers and supplies ensured the PAT testing business grew successfully year on year, and it was only a matter of time before the logical diversification into custom cable manufacture & supply; hence the Marten brand was born.  Kent PAT Testing now trades within Marten Group Ltd and remains an important and valued core aspect to the business.

Scroll down for more information, and please also feel free to browse our Testimonials and FAQs.

If you simply need a Quote then click on the quote section and fill in your details!

Or please do pick up the phone on 01634 564130 or 07792 566125 – we are ready & waiting for your call and will be delighted to discuss your requirements.

 

WHAT IS PAT TESTING?

PAT stands for Portable Appliance Testing.  There is no legal definition for a portable appliance, however at Marten we define a portable appliance as equipment which is movable/transportable/portable and intended to be hand held or hand operated whilst connected to a fixed electrical installation or a generator, by means of a flexible cable (which would use either a plug and socket or a spur box, or similar means).  The electrical supply is assumed to be at least 50 volts AC or 120 volts DC (these are the minimum voltages which can give a fatal electrical shock).  A misused, worn or damaged portable appliance could cause electrical shock or burn, and/or fire, and potentially leading to serious injury and/or expensive property damage, and worse case scenario the loss of life.  Therefore PAT Testing is the process of examining electrical equipment and appliances to ensure they are safe to use.

 

WHY PAT TEST?

We cannot emphasise enough that electrical safety should be taken seriously at all times.  The key purpose of PAT Testing is to help protect you and others;  PAT testing will prevent (or at least reduce) the risk of injury (or even fatality) and/or fire damage caused by damaged/worn/misused portable electrical appliances.  PAT testing itself is not a legal obligation HOWEVER, health & safety legislation states that businesses must maintain electrical equipment in a safe condition and furthermore businesses are held legally responsible for the safety of their employees and the public.  PAT testing is one of the most effective ways of helping you to ensure you meet your legal obligations and responsibilities!

There are several laws & regulations which relate to Health & Safety – including the Health & Safety At Work etc Act 1974 (which is the primary legislation in Great Britain) and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (which requires that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition).

At work, employers are legally obliged to protect their employees and others (including the public) from getting hurt or ill, through the work activities and use of electrical appliances & equipment.  Failure to do so leaves the employer open to criminal prosecution, and also potentially subject to civil legal action (typically for compensation on grounds of negligence).  As part of your legal Health & Safety obligations, electrical equipment and its use should be addressed within your risk assessment, which will then help you identify and understand the specific PAT testing requirements of your particular business.

It is also worth noting that insurers routinely specify compliance with relevant legislation (e.g. Health & Safety) as a condition of their cover.  Many insurers now seek proof of compliance – an example would be to supply documentary evidence of PAT Testing.  Failure to provide that evidence could invalidate your insurance cover (and furthermore leave you open to negligence accusations).  This doesn’t just apply to the insurance for the  owner of the appliances, but also for insurance requirements of any connected third party (for example a building owner’s insurance policy might specify that any visitors to the building wishing to use their electrical items within that building must first must show proof of PAT testing before use of the items is authorised) and so on.

 

HOW IS A PAT TEST CARRIED OUT?

A PAT test MUST be carried out by a competent person.  Each item is disconnected from the electrical supply for the duration of the PAT test.  The test consists of 2 key aspects and we have listed below our own approach to those 2 aspects;

  1. Visual/physical inspection from its connector/plug, along the cable, and around the actual appliance itself.
  • Open Every Plug Top
  • Check Every Fuse
  • Tighten Every Screw Terminal
  • Tighten Every Clamp
  • Check Every Cord
  1. Connection of the appliance to a specialist electronic PAT testing device. This addresses what you can’t see/touch, using calibrated amounts of electricity from the test device itself.
  • Test Continuity Of The Protective Earth
  • Test Insulation & Leakage
  • Record All Results Including Test Result Values Digitally

At Marten all of our PAT testing staff hold City & Guilds 2377-12 qualifications and are truly competent to carry out PAT testing.  For your additional peace of mind we hold £5 million Public Liability insurance.  We use top of the range, calibrated, digital PAT test devices enabling us to consistently provide you with high quality PAT Testing time after time, for each and every appliance.

  • High quality reliable test results are achieved & stored digitally in Marten’s test devices for later uploading to Marten’s client system.
  • The Marten testing device allocates a unique identifiable asset number to each item tested.
  • If the item passes the test, the device prints a Marten electrical safety PASS sticker containing the date of test and the unique asset number which is then placed on the respective item.
  • After the test, and within 12 hours of receipt of payment, a full report of the test results, a register of the assets, and a certificate of compliance are emailed to you.

 

WHO IS PAT TESTING FOR?

Basically anyone who owns or uses portable electrical appliances!  From private residential individuals to large national companies, we’re happy to help you.  Here’s a small list to give you some ideas, but it could go on and on;

  • Shop
  • Office
  • Factory
  • School
  • College
  • University
  • Nursery
  • Library
  • Cinema
  • Theatre
  • Cafe
  • Bar
  • Nightclub
  • Restaurant
  • Takeaway
  • Mobile Catering
  • Trades People inc Electricians, Plumbers, Builders, Gardeners (think power tools etc)
  • Hairdresser
  • Beautician
  • Healthcare Clinic
  • Gym or Spa
  • Hotel, B&B, Holiday Apartment, Airbnb property
  • Caravan, Lodge, Holiday Park or Holiday Home
  • Rented Accomodation
  • Student Residence
  • Care Homes, Nursing Homes, Assisted or Supported Living, Day Centre
  • Doctor GP Practice, Dentists Dental Practice, Hospital, Care Centre, Hospice
  • Car Dealership, Garage Repair Services
  • Mobile DJ
  • Band, Musician or Entertainer
  • Village Hall and Community Centre

No job is too small or large – from individuals walking in to us with 1 item, all the way through to large national organisations with thousands of items (perhaps in multiple locations) we stand ready to help you.  Feel free to give us a call and we’ll be delighted to talk through your requirements and how Marten can help.

 

WHEN SHOULD PAT TESTING BE DONE?

The frequency of PAT testing will be defined by your own risk assessment and Health & Safety policy.  As a general rule, we recommend testing all items annually as a minimum.

We can carry out your PAT Testing  whenever it is most convenient for your appliances and equipment to be shut down for testing.  We do not charge extra for out of hours as we understand that majority of appliances and equipment are normally used during the day!

Just some of the failures we have identified whilst testing

WHERE CAN TESTING BE CARRIED OUT?

You can come to us, or we can come to you – whatever suits you best really!  Marten are based in Snodland, Kent ME6 5HH.  We cover the whole of the South East UK, and are happy to travel further afield as and when necessary. The regions frequently covered include;

  • Kent
  • Medway
  • East Sussex
  • West Sussex
  • Surrey
  • Hampshire
  • London
  • Essex
  • Hertfordshire
  • Bedfordshire
  • Berkshire
  • Buckinghamshire

 

Local PAT Testing in Kent & Medway Towns include;

  • Ashford
  • Broadstairs
  • Canterbury
  • Chatham
  • Cranbrook
  • Deal
  • Dover
  • Edenbridge
  • Faversham
  • Folkestone
  • Gillingham
  • Gravesend
  • Herne Bay
  • Hythe
  • Lydd
  • Maidstone
  • Margate
  • Minster
  • New Romney
  • Northfleet
  • Paddock Wood
  • Queenborough
  • Ramsgate
  • Rochester
  • Royal Tunbridge Wells
  • Sandwich
  • Sevenoaks
  • Sheerness
  • Sittingbourne
  • Snodland
  • Southborough
  • Strood
  • Swanley
  • Tenterden
  • Tonbridge
  • West Malling
  • Westerham
  • Westgate-On-Sea
  • Whitstable
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