• Wattech Ltd

10 Years Of PAT

Wattech celebrated 10 years of trading as Wattech in 2018, primarily an event production company, the company is certainly a lot different to when we launched and how it was in 2018.


2022 sees Wattech celebrating 10 years of providing Electrical Safety "PAT" Testing and what the company is now best known for.


Having already been testing our own equipment in house, in 2012 we decided to offer it as a service to our friends and other entertainers.



On July 5th 2012, Entertainment PAT Testing was launched as a part of the Wattech Group. Since then, the service has grown steadily. Although we hadn't marketed the service, Wattech had carried out testing for Government Departments, McDonalds, Costa and Manufacturing companies from West Wales to West Midlands and Heathrow.


In 2018, Wattech was approached to test for a larger educational establishment with roughly 15 thousand items. This was the largest client that we had undertaken.


Between 2018 and the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, the PAT Testing service jumped in demand by over 90%.

 

Over the 10 years we've done a fair bit of learning with us starting out testing to the standards set out in the IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment 3rd Edition, we are now carrying out testing to the standards set out in the 5th Edition.





In March 2019, Wattech joined the NAPIT Accreditation scheme in which we have to meet a stringent criteria, where our health and safety, invoicing, reporting and technicians are inspected and tested to ensure everything is done properly.



In the same month, Wattech started supplying Fixed Appliance Testing (F.A.T). This involves the testing of items such as hand dryers, heaters and other appliances that are wired to a spur, and requires safe isolation procedures.





F.A.T is something that a lot of companies don't cover as they feel it is covered within the EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report), this is a myth and these items aren't actually tested in the EICR which only tests as far as the spur itself. This is a requirement of the code of practice that is often missed out.


 

During the pandemic, our events section of the company grinded to a total halt and we relied on the testing to ensure the company survived.


Thankfully, Wattech survived and in May 2022 was successful in the tendering for Bridgend Council to carry out the electrical safety testing for all their sites with over 70,000 items.


Now 2 months in to the award, we have completed over 60 sites of the 240+ sites.


Although the company has seen a massive change and curve away from the provision of events services, our focus still remains the same, Working With You.






I would just like to take this chance to thank all our families, friends, staff and customers past and present for their continued support over the years.


Best wishes,


Nathan Watters

Company Direct

Wattech Ltd