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Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

Here you will find the Portable Appliance Test (PAT) Communication which highlights why you will need a PAT to take place your practice, how to get one if you need one, and what to do if you already have one. There is a survey for every practice to complete by the 6th July and the details are included below or can be found in this attachment:

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As part of our ‘Keeping us Safe Together’ initiative last month we launched our Asbestos Survey project to ensure every practice in the group is compliant under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

We are continuing this month with the PAT project. PAT is the term used for Portable Appliance Testing. It is the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. It is recommended that PAT is carried out every 24 months. We will be working with UK Safety Management to coordinate PATs across the group and collate the dates of when your PAT is due. By gathering this information, we can support you when next PAT is due even if you choose a different contractor.

To do this, we are asking each practice to complete a short jot form. To complete this jot form, you will need to provide contact details, know the date of your last PAT and how many appliances you have in practice. The appliances you will need to include in your count is basically any piece of equipment that requires a plug, for example PCs, monitors, printers, kettles, and photocopiers. This number is to give the contractors an idea of how long testing will take so don’t worry if it’s not exact, but it will help to reduce the inconvenience of revisits as the engineer can allocate the appropriate amount of time. UK Safety Management operate from Monday to Friday, they have estimated a PAT can take 3 to 5 hours depending on the number of appliances in the practice and they can start the test at 7am if required. They will need access to every appliance so will need to enter every room in the practice with appliances. Consider what days would be best for the PAT to take place so you can inform the contractors when they contact you. You may want to discuss these points in your Huddle.

Please find the link to the Jot form CLICK HERE

This information needs to be submitted by 6th July

Please note that it is one entry per practice regardless of whether or not they are part of a group and if you have already been contacted by Facilities throughout May regarding your PAT you do not need to need to complete the jot form.

Once you have submitted your form UK Safety Management will contact the practice and arrange a date for the PAT if you require one. If you use a different contractor and want to continue to use them, that is ok your information will not be shared with UK Safety management. HGHQ will use the dates you provided to ensure your PAT takes place when it’s due. If you require a PAT the practice will be invoiced the cost of completing the Test.

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Neil Hunter

or Joanna Tyson

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