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I can now confirm that billinghursts are able to offer Portable Appliance testing, If you would like to know more please see below for the recommended testing periods and process or Contact us for more information and or a quote.

Prices:

1 - 10 items 4.00 per item*
11 - 50 items 3.50 Per item*
51 - 100 items 3.00 per item*
100+ items 2.50 Per item*
*An item does not include leads, these are treated as separate items as are power distribution connectors.

The IEE Code of Practice gives guidance on the various equipment types below are their definitions:

Portable appliance

An appliance of less than 18kg in mass that is intended to be moved whilst in operation or an appliance which can easily be moved from one place to another, e.g. vacuum cleaner, toaster, food mixer, etc.

Movable equipment (transportable)

This equipment is either:

18 kg or less in mass and not fixed, e.g. electric fire.
or
Equipment with wheels, castors or other means to facilitate movement by the operator as required to perform its intended use, e.g. air conditioning unit

Hand Held equipment or appliances

This is portable equipment intended to be held in the hand during normal use, e.g. hair dryer

Stationary equipment or appliances

This equipment has a mass exceeding 18kg and is not provided with a carrying handle, e.g. refrigerator

Fixed Equipment/appliances

This equipment or an appliance which is fastened to a support or otherwise secured in a specific location, e.g. bathroom heater

Appliances/equipment for building in

This equipment is intended to be installed in a prepared recess such as a cupboard or similar. In general, equipment for building in does not have exposure on all sides because one or more of the sides have additional protection against electrical shock which is provided by the surroundings, e.g. built in electric cooker

Information technology equipment

Information technology equipment includes electrical business equipment such as computers and mains powered telecommunications equipment, and other equipment for general business use, such as mail processing machines, VDU's photocopiers

Below is a recommended testing chart this is based on an office environment, other locations have different recommendations. We recommend for simplicity and safety that all items are checked at leased every 12 months.

Below is a chart based on an office environment, the recommended testing differs by location CLICK HERE for a detailed chart covering your location

Equipment in a shop or office environment

User checks every use

Formal visual inspection

Combined inspection and testing

Battery-operated: (less than 20 volts)

No

No

No

Extra low voltage: (less than 50 volts AC) e.g. telephone equipment, low voltage desk lights

No

No

No

Information technology: e.g. desktop computers, VDU screens Photocopiers, fax machines: NOT handheld. Rarely moved

No

 

Yes, 2 - 4 years

 

No if double insulated - otherwise up to 5 years

Double insulated equipment: NOT handheld. Moved occasionally, e.g. fans, table lamps, slide projectors

No

Yes, 2 - 4 years

No if double insulated - otherwise up to 5 years

Double insulated equipment: HANDHELD e.g. some floor cleaners

No

Yes, 2 - 4 years

No

Earthed equipment (Class 1): e.g. electric kettles, some floor cleaners

Yes

Yes, 6 months - 1 year

No

Cables (leads) and plugs connected to the above.

Yes

Yes, 6 months - 1 year

Yes, 1 - 2 years

Extension leads (mains voltage)

Yes

Yes, 6 months - 4 years depending on the type of equipment it is connected to

Yes, 1 - 5 years depending on the type of equipment it is connected to

 

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