Photograph of me PAT Testing a printer.

My fees for PAT Testing

I charge £1.25 per item tested (NO VAT). There is a minimum charge of £60 per site (negotiable for same-day, geographically-close multiple sites with few items), but this does include the testing of the first forty-eight items at that site (if I only test thirty items, it will cost you £60; if I test forty-eight items, it will still only cost you £60; if I test forty-nine items, it will cost you £61.25, and so on). Please note that in the case of most equipment with detachable "computer" power cords (so-called 'kettle leads'), such as most computers and monitors, etc., these cords are treated as a separate item. For example, a typical PC and monitor combination with detachable cords will total four items: the PC, the monitor, and the two power cords. Following City & Guilds guidelines, this is standard practice in PAT testing, as the tests performed on a power cord are quite different from the tests performed on a PC or monitor, etc., as the cord may have a fault that may not be detected whilst it is plugged into the equipment. I do sometimes come across power cords that fail safety tests: unless the cord is tested independently from the equipment that it is plugged into, then any fault in the cord may go undetected. Also, it has to be said, I fail more power cords and extension leads than any other item of equipment.

If you want to work out before hand approximately how much it will cost you to have me inspect and test your electrical equipment, then go around each of the sites that you own, counting up the number of items that have a standard 230 volt three-pin plug attached, keeping in mind the following points:

Next, multiply the total number of items at each site by £1.25 and that will be the total cost for that site, but bear in mind that there is a minimum charge of £60 per site (although this is negotiable for same-day, geographically-close multiple sites with few items). Remember: there is no additional charge for VAT or travel expenses, etc.

I always remove the covers of rewireable plugs to check for fuse rating, wire condition, etc. In fact, this is where I find a lot of faults. I carry a supply of standard three-pin plugs and fuses, all BS/ASTA certified, so if an item of equipment under inspection/test needs either a new plug, the plug rewired or the fuse replaced for it to pass the tests, then this work will be carried out free of charge there and then (most contractors that carry out PAT Testing charge additional for this). I also carry a supply of standard IEC 'computer' power cords: if any of your power cords are found to be faulty (and many are), then they can be replaced at cost for just a couple of pounds each (you may already have a few spares so these could be used instead - after testing them though, of course!). I do not undertake any other electrical repairs, as I am not legally allowed or insured to do so.

Copies of the Standard Test Results, the Detailed Test Results, and the Test Certificate are emailed to you in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, and indentical copies are kept securely and confidentially by myself. I also post to you printed copies of the Standard Test Results and the Test Certificate, plus a signed and dated covering letter. You will also receive an invoice for the work, payment of which is expected within about one month. I will also contact you around twelve months later to offer you a re-test. There is, of course, no charge for any of this.

“As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger.” The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

“It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees.” The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974

I am City and Guilds qualified in PAT Testing, and fully insured.

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