In this blog I will discuss why PAT testing for holiday lets is essential, what it involves, and why business owners should consider getting it done.
As the owner of Arallt Holiday Cottage here in Llithfaen on the beautiful Llŷn Peninsula in North Wales, ensuring the safety of my guests, employees, customers and property is of paramount importance. One crucial aspect of safety is electrical safety, and that’s where Portable Appliance Testing (PAT testing), also now known as EET (Electrical Equipment Testing), comes into play.
What got me into PAT testing
As an organic farmer, landscape gardener and holiday cottage owner, I am passionate about safety in the workplace and in preventing accidents caused by faulty appliances and equipment. I have been unable, lately, to find local professionals prepared to offer testing so decided earlier this year, (2023), to look into what was needed to become a tester myself!
I am now qualified and happy to offer my services to local businesses in order to help them meet safety regulations and maintain a safe working environment, and to offer a safe visit to the public and to their staff.
How I became qualified
To become qualified in PAT testing, I underwent a training course with PASS Ltd, a well respected training provider in the field, and passed first time! For someone with little previous experience in electrics, (although my Dad was a builder and my first husband an electrical vehicle mechanic), I gained in-depth knowledge of electrical safety regulations, learned how to use specialized equipment to conduct inspections and tests, and acquired the skills to identify potential electrical hazards in appliances.
What is PAT testing?
PAT testing, also known as in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment, is a process that involves checking and testing portable electrical appliances to ensure their safety. This includes appliances such as computers, printers, kettles, microwaves, and power tools, among others, which are commonly used in businesses. So far I have tested everything from garages, dive schools, cafes and holiday cottages! We don’t just cover PAT testing for Holiday lets.
Why is it needed?
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 in the UK state that employers have a legal responsibility to ensure that all electrical appliances used in their business are safe and maintained in a safe condition. PAT testing is a crucial part of meeting this obligation and ensuring that appliances are safe to use, reducing the risk of accidents, injuries, and electrical fires. This is especially important I feel in holiday rentals as guests are unfamiliar with the properties and their equipment.
Here in Wales, with licensing of holiday lets looming, I believe it may well become essential in future if we, as holiday let owners, are to meet newer more stringent guidelines.
What it involves?
PAT testing for Holiday lets involves a comprehensive inspection and testing process of electrical appliances. This may include visual inspections to check for visible damage or loose connections, as well as electrical tests using specialized equipment to check for issues such as earth continuity, insulation resistance, and polarity. Depending on the results, appliances are labeled as “Pass,” “Fail,” or “Further Inspection Required” to indicate their safety status.
Why should a business owner get it done?
There are several compelling reasons why business owners should consider getting PAT testing done. Firstly, it helps to comply with legal requirements and demonstrate a commitment to ensuring electrical safety in the workplace. This can protect the business from potential legal liabilities and penalties.
Secondly, it reduces the risk of accidents, injuries, and property damage caused by faulty appliances, safeguarding the well-being of employees, customers, and property.
Lastly, it helps to identify potential electrical hazards early, allowing for timely repairs or replacements, and preventing costly downtime due to appliance failures.
Implications of not having it done
Not having PAT testing done can have serious implications for businesses.
Firstly, it can result in non-compliance with legal requirements, leading to penalties, fines, and legal liabilities.
Secondly, it can increase the risk of accidents, injuries, and property damage caused by faulty appliances, resulting in potential lawsuits and compensation claims.
Lastly, it can damage the reputation and credibility of the business, leading to loss of customers and revenue.
What are the costs?
The cost of PAT testing for holiday lets depends on various factors such as the number of appliances to be tested, the location of the business, and the complexity of the appliances. However, the cost of PAT testing is generally reasonable and can be considered as a wise investment in ensuring electrical safety and compliance with regulations.
The cost of not having PAT testing done can far outweigh the initial investment, considering the potential legal liabilities, damages, and loss of reputation in case of accidents or incidents caused by faulty appliances.
Here, at Penllŷn PAT Testing, we charge just £60 for the visit, and this covers up to 20 items to be tested. Any items over cost £1.25 each. We replace fuses for free. We provide a written report together with a certificate upon completion.
Areas we cover?
We cover the whole of the Llŷn Peninsula (excluding Bardsey/Ynys Enlli….I get seasick!) and out as far as Porthmadog and Caernarfon currently. If you’re not sure, simply call me and I can see what we can do!
How to arrange a PAT test
Don’t forget we cover all types of businesses, not just PAT testing for Holiday lets.
In conclusion, PAT testing is a vital aspect of ensuring electrical safety in the workplace. Whilst strictly not a legal requirement, it is surely the simplest and most affordable way to ensure that all your obligations are met.
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