Whilst In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (‘PAT Testing’) isn’t a legal requirement, you do have a legal responsibility to ensure your premises are safe for your staff, visitors and customers. If you choose to carry out ‘PAT Testing’, or have it completed by an external company (PAT company, electrician etc), it is good practice to record the results – whether good or bad – to prove you have taken action to ensure the safety of your site.
Again, whilst not a legal requirement to record your findings in a low risk environment, it will certainly help you describe your findings, should there ever be an incident and subsequent investigation by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive). Remember, as the Duty Holder of the site you are legally bound and any evidence of your actions will clearly help you.
The documents below will help you to demonstrate what you did to your appliances (inspection and testing), when it was carried out and what you found (the inspection and test results). Where possible they should be accompanied with a method of working to clearly describe the ‘PAT Testing’ methods you employ.
‘PAT Testing’ Results Log Sheet
The results log sheet allows you to record a lot of information about individual electrical items, including their unique item number, location, results of a formal visual inspection, results of the electrical tests you have carried out and the overall status of the item i.e. has it PASSED or FAILED the ‘PAT Testing’ process.
Example Log Sheet Type 1
Recording Results Electronically
While ‘old school’ pen and paper can be a simple method for recording test results, sometime it is advantageous to record the information electronically. This can be done using the following methods:
- A data logging test device e.g. Seaward Apollo, Megger 420 or Fluke 6500
- A spreadsheet/database on a tablet or laptop
- An app on a smartphone
These methods allow you to manipulate the report, store and share the information quickly and easily. But beware… as we all know, electronics can let you down, so make sure you make a back-up of your data on a regular basis.
Example Smartphone App
The FREE PAT testing app for fast documentation and reporting.
- Compatible with any tester
- Fast digital documentation and reporting
- Includes visual inspection, risk assessment, cable calculator and professional reporting
- Connects via Wi-Fi to control SMARTPAT and via Bluetooth to control KEW80L
The KEWPAT app, in conjunction with KEWTECH testers, changes the face of ‘PAT Testing’ by removing all the data logging leg work and allowing you to be more efficient with your testing.
KEWPAT can be operated manually with any Kewtech PAT tester enabling fast manual documentation including appliance risk assessment, record documentation and covers your obligations for holding a product register.
The app has a large data storage for high volume testing to meet all your ‘PAT Testing’ needs. You can take a picture and add it to the product register, scan a barcode, and add your own logo to printed labels all in a matter of seconds. You can even produce a professional PDF report ready for email or print through the app.
Alongside the SMARTPAT you can see the true power of the markets most efficient testing solution. By running the tester from the KEWPAT app you will have your results sent straight back to your app in a matter of seconds!