PAT Testing in Ireland

Choose Brosnan Property Solutions for comprehensive PAT testing in Ireland, designed to keep your business safe and compliant.

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What is PAT Testing?

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the process of in-service inspection & testing of electrical equipment. Informally, it is often referred to as PAT testing or a PAT inspection. The types of electrical equipment considered for PAT testing include all manner of electrical appliances used in Irish businesses whereby a flexible cable or plug & socket are used to power the device.

The PAT testing process involves frequent visual inspections of the electrical appliances within an organisation as well as electronic testing techniques. PAT testing ensures that businesses are maintaining regulatory compliance, upholding safety, and minimising risk. Brosnan Property Solutions provides comprehensive PAT testing as part of our Facility Management Services in Ireland to help businesses maintain safety and regulatory compliance.

Why Trust Brosnan Property Solutions for PAT Testing?

Brosnan Property Solutions has remained one of Ireland’s premier contractors of Facility Management and Technical Services to private sector companies as well as the public sector since 1997. Our valued clients choose us for PAT testing services in Ireland because we’re committed to quality, we’re backed by decades of industry experience, and our solutions are tailored to meet the unique needs of your business. Here’s why you should choose Brosnan Property Solutions for PAT testing for your business in Ireland:

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Quick Results

We’ll ensure that all electrical equipment is inspected and/or tested, and results handed over promptly. 

Comprehensive Testing

Our qualified team of professionals provide thorough PAT testing including visual inspections and electrical testing.

Fully Compliant

Keep your business fully compliant with regulatory requirements for PAT testing in Ireland.

Keep Your Business Safe and Compliant with Routine PAT Testing

Electricity is something most of us are accustomed to, but we should never become accustomed to the real and ever-present dangers that electrical appliances can pose to employers, employees, and clients/customers. A frayed cable or wire can go unnoticed and cause enormous damage, potentially leading to property damage or even death. PAT testing has been required in Ireland since 2007 and the onus of responsibility is completely upon the employer. Interval visual inspections and electrical testing for your electrical equipment is a must for your Irish business to remain compliant and safe, and it can save lives whilst also prolonging the lifespan of your electrical assets by detecting flaws sooner rather than later.

Key Advantages of PAT Testing in Ireland:

Business owners in Ireland stand to benefit greatly from PAT testing for their electrical equipment. Some of the key advantages include:

Significant reduction in electrical risks, e.g. electric shock, electrocution. 

Identify electrical equipment in need of repairs to avoid complete failure and to potentially save money by repairing appliances sooner. 

Maintain full compliance with workplace health and safety regulations for electricity in the workplace. 

Uphold a safe workplace that maintains trust and credibility between employers, employees, and other parties that perceive the business to be responsible.

Satisfy Irish standards authorities and insurance providers by demonstrating due diligence and seeking proactive methods of improving safety. 

The Dangers of Not Implementing Regular PAT Testing

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Direct Exposure to Electricity

Employees may be exposed to electric shocks or electrocution due to faulty or damaged electrical equipment, resulting in severe injuries or fatalities, emphasizing the need for regular maintenance and safety inspections.

Fire Hazards

Faulty or damaged electrical equipment can overheat, short circuit, or emit sparks, causing fire, property damage, or endangering occupants within the building. Regular inspections are essential for safety.

Potential Fines or Penalties

Ireland requires businesses to keep PAT testing and inspection documents for five years. Neglecting due diligence and compliance can result in fines or legal challenges. Regular inspections ensure safety and adherence.

Workplace Hazards

Employers in Ireland must ensure workplace safety regarding electrical appliances. Neglecting PAT testing can endanger employees and lead to injury or fatality. Regular inspections are essential for compliance and safety.

Damaged Equipment & Loss of Assets

Worn or damaged electrical equipment can fail prematurely, leading to early disposal and loss of value. PAT testing identifies assets needing repair, potentially saving companies substantial sums of money.

Reputation Damage

Neglecting to perform PAT testing can lead to any of the above consequences, which can seriously harm the reputation of a business amongst the general public, stakeholders and shareholders, and overall trust and goodwill.

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PAT Testing Services – FAQs:

PAT testing legislation does not specify the exact interval or frequency required for PAT testing with limited exceptions. Instead, employers are required to inspect and test electrical installations “from time to time where required having regard to the nature, location and use of the installation.”

Generally, a visual check should be performed once yearly; inspection and testing should be taken every 1-5 years, depending on the type of workplace. More information can be found in this Guidance Note from the Health and Safety Authority. 

PAT testing always involves an initial visual check of the electrical installation followed by electrical testing. The inspection often reveals flaws or defects readily to the inspector.  

Depending on the type of equipment, electrical testing techniques may include an earth bond or continuity test, low current continuity test, high current bond test, differential leakage test, insulation test, leakage current test, polarity test, load test, equipment labelling, or flash testing. 

Recording and documentation are required for any formal (i.e. many initial visual inspection) steps in these processes. 

PAT testing is required in Ireland for all electrical equipment that uses a plug and socket or a flexible cable to power the device. The legislation for PAT testing in Ireland is relevant for any electrical equipment not part of a fixed installation but intended to be connected to either a fixed installation or a generator. 

Examples of devices that require PAT testing include refrigerators and microwaves, photocopiers, fax machines, computer monitors, vending machines, kettles, and much more. Examples of devices that do not require PAT testing include battery-operated cordless power tools, however, note that the battery charger which does connect to the electrical socket does require PAT testing.

Yes. Since 2007, Irish businesses with electrical installations are required to comply with Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulations, SI 299, 2007 (Section 81: Portable equipment). 

PAT testing helps to improve workplace safety, protect property, employers, and employees, reduce electrical hazards, improve the lifespan of electrical assets, and maintain regulatory compliance.

Choose Brosnan Property Solutions for PAT Testing in Ireland

The friendly team of professionals at Brosnan Property Solutions delivers thorough, comprehensive PAT testing and inspection services for Irish businesses. Enquire with us today to learn more about our PAT testing and other facility management services.