PAT Testing

Portable Appliance Testing

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT), is a sequence of electrical tests, and most importantly visual inspections, that need to be performed on your portable appliances. Although PAT is not required by law, certifying electrical equipment is safe to use, is mandatory, with PAT being the industry standard to show compliance with the Health and Safety Executive along with insurance companies, who expect you to perform PAT to ensure compliance with the following legislation:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999

Examples of equipment consider a portable electrical appliance?

Items that can easily moved from one place to another for instance, kettle, toaster, power tool or vacuum cleaner. Additional items such as office IT equipment, PC’s, printers, photocopiers etc. are also classed as a portable electrical appliance.

Duration of test. 12 months or 48 months?

Whilst many businesses PAT requirements are quite straightforward, not all are the same, and as such the duration of test should be considered carefully. If  you would like  guidance, we can help you understand your legal requirements, comply with legislation, and essentially, ensure your appliances are safe to use.

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