PAT Testing (Portable Appliance Testing) is the process of visually and electrically testing any electrical equipment for safety whether for work or personal use.
The reason we have PAT Testing is to ensure that an appliance is electrically safe for all those who use it. We visually check the appliance for any defects like damage or missing components. The appliance goes through a number of electrical checks such as continuity, insulation resistance and polarity.
It is essential that all electrical appliances are checked yearly to ensure your safety and others who may use the appliance. Electrical items such as; electrical tools, appliances, power leads, extension leads and all other workplace and home electrical equipment should receive a yearly check.
Every year in the UK there are numerous workplace related deaths. Many of these are caused by electrocution. Poorly maintained equipment can serious injuries or be the source of destructive fires. Almost all of these could have been prevented if the electrical item in question was PAT Tested yearly.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition.
Portable electrical equipment must be maintained to prevent danger.
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PAT Test Scheduling
The frequency of portable appliance testing is determined by several factors. This includes the type of equipment and its classification, the frequency it is used and/or moved and the environment in which it is operating. Our PAT Testing Engineers will specify your exact requirements. We use the IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment 4th Edition guidelines to help determine this. For more information about the legal requirements for PAT Testing click here.