Method Statement

Arrival on Site

Our test engineer will introduce himself to the clients representative, sign visitors register if required.

He will explain the purpose and nature of the work to be carried out.

We ask that your representative inform the engineer of your fire evacuation policy and procedures.

We will require a site tour prior to testing to highlight any sensitive or high-risk areas.

We will request confirmation of any arrangements that have been made for shutting down any IT workstations and ask the representative to clearly point out any computers that cannot be shut down.

Identification of Equipment

Each piece of electrical equipment will be allocated a reference number. This will be used to cross reference test results to the Test Register that will supplied to the Site Manager.

The Register of equipment will include the following details:

1. Asset number

2. Location in which the appliance/asset is kept/used

3. Description of appliance

4. Date of test and retest date

5. Test Status

Results of Testing Procedures as stated by the

IEE Code of Practice for Inservice Inspection


Testing of Portable Electrical Equipment.

Testing Process

1. The engineer will establish whether the equipment to be tested is switched off. In the case of PC's or similar IT equipment the engineer will use the mouse to see if this activates the VDU or the hard drive. A visual check is also made to see if the power light is on. If the computer is still on then, the engineer will ascertain if the computer can be powered down by a member of staff. If it cannot be closed down for any reason the computer will not be tested.

2. When the PC is off, the engineer will begin the test.Whilst the engineer will endeavour to move the customer's items as little as possible, he will need to to have adequate access to the cable management system. This will allow as little disruption as possible when the testing is complete.

3. The engineer will do a visual test. He will trace the plugs to their respective item. While doing this he will visually inspect the lead and items.
The engineer will assess the following:
Is the plug casing cracked?
Is the cable securely fixed to the plug?
Is the cable free from cuts/bends?
Is the main unit secure and free from visual defects?
Are the cables organised and free from obstructions?
Is the socket firmly fixed?
Is the item's casing cracked?

The engineer will check that the fuse is correctly rated and change if necessary free of charge.

4. The item will then be plugged into the PAT tester. Depending on the item class and type, it may be subjected to the following electrical tests:
Continuity Test
Leakage/Load Test
Insulation Test
Polarity Test

5. If the item has failed due to a faulty plug this will be replaced free of charge, if it not something the engineer can replace, then the engineer will advise the site representative and take steps to ensure that the item cannot be used before it is made safe or replaced.

Depending on the customer requirement the lead/plug is either removed or the item is moved to an agreed
Testing Equipment

Upon completion of the Site Tests

The engineer will notify the site representative that he has completed the site tests and will vacate the premises.

A Register of the Appliances tested will be downloaded from the Tester and sent to the Site Manager