Portable Appliance Testing or PAT involves testing the safety of the current electrical equipment. It includes a visual inspection and a series of electrical test to ensure the electrical equipment is safe to use until the next test date. A sticker is attached to the equipment indicating the Pass or Fail and the next test date. The next test date may range from 6 to 24 months, however we recommend that a test is conducted every 12 months for optimal results.
Installed appliances where the power socket is not accessible, a visual inspection along with earth test will be conducted. Your allocated Electrical Safe will advise further as required.
A PAT is usually carried out in shops, restaurants, businesses, public sector, rented properties and care homes. In essence anywhere where employees, tenants or customers are likely to utilise the electrical equipment. At an Exhibition or Public Halls, both the venues and user equipment require PAT. We also offer replacement Plug tops and fuses at special rates.
PAT, although not a legal requirement, however:
The UK Health and Safety Executive along with insurance companies will expect you to perform PAT testing to ensure that you are compliant with certain regulations including:
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
Some UK councils do require PAT to be conducted before a property can be let. Certain home insurance companies also offer incentives for PAT certified equipment.