Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

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What is Portable Appliance Testing?


Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is a safety procedure carried out by a qualified contractor. A PAT tester will perform a visual inspection and test, using specialist PAT testing equipment. Only high voltage power cables and devices require testing. Depending on the condition of the appliance and the test result, the item will be given a “PASS” or “FAIL” status. Health and safety regulations state preventing harm to workers and other personnel through well maintained electrical appliances is paramount. Manufacturers of portable appliances recommend testing at regular intervals to ensure the continued safety of their products.

Why do you need testing?


The Health & Safety Executive states that 25% of all reported electrical accidents involve portable appliances. The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations. Taking reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of such equipment.

Frequency of testing?


Regular testing and routine user inspections, will provide reasonably practicable steps to keep appliances in good working order. This will help to prevent injury from electrical accidents. The frequency of testing for each item will vary. If you are unsure how often you need testing we are happy to advise (you can easily over test your appliances). Call or send us a message even if you are not a customer with us, we’ll explain what is legally required of you and how your business or property can ensure electrical safety.

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How do we PAT test?

All of our engineers have been trained to carry out their tests in an active working environment. This means they will cause minimal disruption to your staff throughout their working day, whilst still ensuring all appliances are tested efficiently. Our inspection and tests meet the guidance requirements provided in the IET Code of Practise for in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment. Items tested will be assigned a unique ID and provided within a report.

After testing is complete, a certificate and asset register will be provided.

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