Frequency of Inspection

PAT Testing Service for Cambridgeshire- Cambridge- Peterborough

Bedfordshire- Suffolk- Norfolk- Lincolnshire- Hertfordshire- Northamptonshire- Buckinghamshire- Essex- Leicestershire- Kent- London- & Beyond

Guidance on the Suggested Initial Frequency Of Inspection & Testing of equipment.

 

Based on IET Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment. (table 7.1)

Class I

Class II

S- Stationary

IT- Information Technology Equipment

M- Moveable Equipment

P- Portable Equipment

H- Hand- Held Equipment

 

 

*Notes

 

  • 1) The Formal Visual Inspection may form part of the combined inspection & test when they coincide and must be recorded.

 

  • 2) 110v earthed centre-tapped supply. 230v portable or hand-held equipment is required to be supplied via a 30mA RCD and inspections & tests may need to be carried out more frequently. (eg. Testing a portable RCD via 'test' button.)

 

 

  • 3) For Some equipment such as children's rides or equipment used in more onerous environments a daily check may be required.

 

  • 4) By Supervisor/ Teacher or Member of Staff.

 

  • 5) Equipment Provided in hotel rooms is equipment used by the public. (Equipment in table row 5 referes to equipment used by the hotel staff)

 

  • 6) Hired Equipment, In use for periods in excess of 1 week, should be included on a equipment register and a risk assessment carried out to determine furture frequencies. (Except on a supplier's lease or maintenance contract)

 

 

 

  • It is not normally necessary to test new electrical equipment as the manufacture should have already tested them and supply them in a safe condition. (However once entered service it is no longer considered new)

 

  • Battery Operated equipment less than 40v, no formal visual inspection or test & inspection are required.

 

 

  • Intervals between user checks, formal visual inspections and combined test & inspection should be kept under review, particularly until patterns of failure or damage are determined.

 

  • After the first few inspections and tests consideration should be given to increasing or reducing them.

Type Of Premises

Type Of Equipment

User Checks

(Not recorded unless fault found)

Formal Visual Inspection

(Recorded)

Combined Inspection & Testing

(Recorded)

Formal Visual Inspection

(Recorded)

Combined Inspection & Testing

(Recorded)

1) Construction Sites 110v Equipment

(Note 6)

S

IT

M (Note 2)

P (Note 2)

H (Note 2)

None

N/A

Weekly

Weekly

Weekly

1 Month

N/A

1 Month

1 Month

1 Month

3 Months

N/A

3 Months

3 Months

3 Months

1 Month

N/A

1 Month

1 Month

1 Month

3 Months

N/A

3 Months

3 Months

3 Months

 

2) Industrial - Including Commercial Kitchens

(*Note 6)

S

IT

M

P

H

Weekly

Weekly

Before Use

Before Use

Before Use

None

None

6 Months

6 Months

6 Months

24 Months

24 Months

12 Months

12 Months

12 Months

None

None

6 Months

6 Months

6 Month

24 Months

24 Months

24 Months

12 Months

12 Months

3) Equipment Used by the public

(*Notes 3,4,6)

S

IT

M

P

H

Weekly*

Weekly*

Weekly*

Before Use*

Before Use*

Monthly

Monthly

Weekly

Weekly

Weekly

12 Months

12 Months

6 Months

6 Months

6 Months

12 Months

12 Months

6 Months

6 Months

6 Months

24 Months

24 Months

12 Months

12 Months

12 Months

4) Schools

(*Note 4,6)

S

IT

M

P

H

Weekly

Weekly

Weekly

Weekly

Before Use

None

None

6 Months

6 Months

6 Months

12 Months

12 Months

12 Months

12 Months

12 Months

12 Months

12 Months

12 Months

12 Months

12 Months

48 Months

48 Months

48 Months

48 Months

48 Months

5) Hotels

(*Notes 5, 6)

S

IT

M

P

H

None

None

Weekly

Weekly

Before Use

24 Months

24 Months

12 Months

12 Months

12 Months

60 Months

60 Months

24 Months

24 Months

24 Months

24 Months

24 Months

24 Months

24 Months

12 Months

None

None

None

None

None

6) Offices & Shops

(*Note 6)

S

IT

M

P

H

None

None

Weekly

Weekly

Before Use

24 Months

24 Months

12 Months

12 Months

12 Months

60 Months

60 Months

24 Months

24 Months

24 Months

24 Months

24 Months

24 Months

24 Months

12 Months

None

None

None

None

None

 

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