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CQC has often been at the forefront of PAT testing in nursing homes and we often get asked to do it before an audit.
Please talk to us to guide you to a regular maintenance regime, using our service it won’t be one of those last-minute worries. We schedule in appointments in accordance with your risk assessment and pre-book via email or phone. But rest assured, we don’t just turn up out of the blue.
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Frequently Asked Questions –
What should be tested in a care home?
Every firm is different, depending on your policy, your risk assessment, and other factors. It is the Duty Holders responsibility to determine the frequency of testing and inspection.
Our regular customers (even when advised) prefer everything is tested yearly.
Most care homes or nursing homes require their resident’s personal equipment to be tested. This not only helps with the obvious safety of the residents, staff and business but also traceability of each persons own electrical belongings.
Not only does this help with overall safety of the resident, staff and building, but also offers traceability of the electrical items through the asset register we generate.
How long does it take?
Expect 15 to 20 items per hour (this can fluctuate due to accessibility). Anything above 300 a day is not within our remit as quality of testing and data recording suffers.
How much does it cost?
Every job is different, we advise a site visit before work starts. We recommend a per item rate. I.e
- Standard rate for the first 30 items
- A per item rate thereafter
Or we can offer a per engineer per day rate if you prefer.
How often does PAT testing need to be done?
The PAT testing frequency varies on several factors, such as type of equipment, the environment, how it’s used and by who. We often see over compliance because of either scaremongering or Local Authorities imposing a "must do yearly" attitude. A good Risk Assessment and a maintenance regime is what is needed with a common-sense approach.
We would advise, check with your Local Authority, CQC and your insurance company for their requirements first.
Why do you need PAT testing?
This is an area for your risk assessment, whilst there is no PAT testing regulation, there may be requests for electrical safety certificates from Local Authorities. The Law (Electricity at Work Regulations) does require that employers, including self-employed, ensure that all electrical equipment that is provided in their business is safe and properly maintained. We would be pleased to chat to you about your responsibilities and duty of care towards your guests.