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MRB Electrical & PAT Testing specialise in providing Portable Appliance Testing services throughout Medway, Kent and the South East including all areas within and surrounding Chatham, Rochester, Gillingham, Rainham, Strood, Maidstone, Kings Hill, Faversham, Sittingbourne, Isle of Sheppey, Canterbury, Ashford, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Gravesend, Dartford and beyond.

MRB Electrical & PAT Testing provide Portable Appliance Testing for all commercial and industrial business types including construction sites, offices, pubs, clubs, hotels, guest houses, B&B’s, restaurants, cafes, caravan parks, holiday parks, sports centres, gyms, banks, building societies, insurance brokers, mobile catering & market retailers, churches, shops, schools, universities, charities & not for profit organisations, estate agents, landlords & letting agents, Vet Practices, GP practices, healthcare & medical centres and nursing & residential homes among others. If I’ve not mentioned you here, contact me, I can help.

All electrical appliance inspection and testing is backed by £5 million Public & Products Liability Insurance.

About Us

Customer Satisfaction & Quality Workmanship at Realistic Prices

As a Sole Trader, my mission statement is simply to develop lasting business relationships by providing customer satisfaction through the best quality electrical appliance inspection and testing at realistic prices.

I qualified at an Institution of Engineering and Technology Centre of Excellence to City & Guilds 2377-22 as a Portable Appliance Testing Engineer and City & Guilds 2377-32 for Portable Appliance Testing Management.

Customer satisfaction

I treat others as I expect to be treated and I treat others property as I would my own, so whether you are a building contractor, business owner, outdoor event organiser, property developer or landlord, I look forward to both my professional and personal standards meeting and hopefully, exceeding your expectations.

Quality Workmanship

Portable Appliance Testing by MRB Electrical & PAT Testing is carried out fully compliant with the Institution of Engineering and Technology Code of Practice for the In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment, (4th Edition).

All clients receive a detailed Asset Register & Test Results Log and Certificate.

Realistic Prices

Working from home is just one aspect of being a Sole Trader that enables me to keep my overheads to a minimum and that’s great news for customers.
Wouldn’t you rather just pay for the services provided?

Why PAT Test

Although Portable Appliance Testing, or PAT Testing, is the common term which has long been associated with the In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment, the IET Code of Practice actually covers the majority of electrical equipment, not just portable appliances.

  • Who and what is affected?

  • Current legislation places a duty of care on the responsible person or duty holder of an organisation, such as an employer, the self-employed, landlords and where relevant, even users of electrical equipment, to ensure that all electrical equipment is safe to use, from a kitchen kettle in rented accommodation, to a hairdryer in a hotel room and from IT equipment in an office, to 110v appliances on a construction site and 415v appliances in restaurants and factories. All PAT Testing is carried out in compliance with the IET In-Service Inspection & Testing of Electrical Equipment Code of Practice (4th Edition).
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  • Testing frequency?

  • The Code of Practice recommends minimum testing frequencies dependent on the potential risk. IT Equipment in a typical office environment is recommended to be formerly inspected and tested at no more than 5 year intervals, whereas on a construction site where risk is usually greater, hand held appliances are recommended to be formerly inspected and tested at no more than 3 month intervals.
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  • What is involved?

  • An appliance may have worked for years, but longevity of service is not an indication of being safe for continued use as the dangers are often hidden and only detectable by specialist testing equipment. Most electrical appliances will require a check of some sort. Some may only require a formal visual inspection and others will require a visual inspection and combined testing. In short, the testing process for a typical appliance starts with a formal visual inspection, checking the appliance casing, cable and plug for damage, followed by earth continuity testing, insulation resistance testing and a functionality test.
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Is Portable Appliance Testing a legal requirement?

The simple answer is no. However, legislation requires the responsible person within an organisation, to ensure that their electrical equipment is safe for continued use. Although legislation does not say how this should be done, PAT Testing is widely recognised and probably the only method of cost effectively complying with relevant legislation.
PAT Testing is also rapidly becoming a standard annual requirement of insurance companies, before a commercial or business policy is issued or renewed. This is because over 1,000 electric shock incidents are being reported to the Health & Safety Executive every year – some fatal.  As a result, more and more companies are now mitigating their risk by including PAT Testing as part of their electrical equipment Health & Safety regime.
The IET Code of Practice for the In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (4th Edition),  can be used to prove negligence under current legislation in the event of an electrical appliance related accident where a suitable safety regime is either not in place or is inadequate.

The Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974

This act puts a duty of care on both employers and employees, “to ensure the safety of all persons using work premises”, including the Self-Employed.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

This regulation states that, “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 Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

This regulation states that, “every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided”.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

This regulation states that, “every employer shall make a suitable assessment of; (a) the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed while they are at work, and (b) the risks to the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him of his undertaking”.

The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

This regulation states that, “every employer shall ensure that the workplace equipment, devices and systems are maintained and where appropriate, equipment, devices and systems shall be subject to a suitable system of maintenance”.

The Housing Act 2004 (England and Wales)

This act requires Landlords to ensure that, “rented residential properties are subject to risk assessment in order to provide a safe and healthy environment for any occupiers or visitors and this includes electrical equipment”.

The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994

This regulation requires landlords providing electrical equipment as part of a tenancy, “to take reasonable steps to ensure that the appliances are safe”.

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