PAT Testing

PAT Testing

In addition to all of the more usual IT support services that Dolphin provide, we also undertake PAT Testing for businesses.

PAT Testing, or Portable Appliance Testing, is an integral and necessary part of any small businesses Health and Safety policy. The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) requires the implementation of a systematic and regular program of maintenance, inspection and testing of all portable appliances in the following circumstances:

  1. Where appliances are used by employees.
  2. Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc.
  3. Where appliances are supplied or hired.
  4. Where appliances are repaired or serviced.

In plain English, this means that if you have any “portable appliances” in your place of employment, these will need an annual safety check.

The following list is a guideline, not by any means a comprehensive list of examples of portable appliances:

  • Computers
  • Phones with plugs
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Smaller air conditioning units
  • Mail processing machines
  • VDU's
  • Photo-copiers
  • Vacuum cleaners
  • Kettles and Toasters.

If you look around your office, you may be surprised at just how many items can be classified as “portable” and have a plug. As a business owner or employer, you have a Duty Of Care towards your employees, and part of this is to ensure that all equipment they are using, including the kettle, is safe to use.

Why Use Dolphin?

It would make sense to ask an electrician to test electrical products – however, not all electricians are experts in IT. Office’s are reliant upon computer systems and networks that function as and when they are required – the problem with a PAT tester who is unfamiliar with business IT setups is that they could unplug something they shouldn’t, or not close down the equipment in the correct manor before testing the plug.

Dolphin’s engineers are not only experts in all aspects of business IT they are also fully qualified PAT testers. Having been called in on several occasions to sort out office networks that had been disrupted by unknowing electricians, Dolphin trained all of their technicians to PAT test to save their own clients this unnecessary downtime, and we now offer this service as a satellite to our other business support services for companies who just need to know that when their appliances get tested their computer systems will remain intact.