PAT Testing - What's it all about?

What is a PAT Test (Portable Appliance Testing):

  • A PAT Test is visually checking and conducting electrical testing on items of electrical equipment deemed portable.

What are some of the devises that are regularly checked?

  • Kettles

  • Toasters

  • Washing Machine

  • Computers

  • Extension leads

  • Plugs linked to any of these devises.

What is the purpose of the PAT Test?

- The Purpose is to ensure that an un-skilled user of such items will not be caused harm by any of the above items.

- The best way to ensure your business is compliant and employees and properties are safe is by having all the appliances in the premises tested and inspected regularly by a certified tester, who will provide evidence and supply you with records that you have fulfilled your obligations with portable appliances.

What is required by law?

  • The Electricity at work regulations 1988 requires that “any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is to be maintained in a safe condition”

  • Contrary to popular belief PAT testing is NOT required annually, the reason why PAT tends to be completed on an annual basis is for the convenience of record keeping, although the frequency of testing will also depend heavily on the nature of the equipment and its purpose.

  • Typically larger commercial buildings, industrial or construction sites may have items PAT tested every 3-6 months.

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