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Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is a term that is used to describe the examination of electrical equipment to ensure they are safe for use.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 specifically requires all electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury it maintained and kept in a safe condition. PAT is a proven method of achieving & meeting this requirement.

What is the Process of Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)?

A PAT test involves an inspection to check the appliance casing and flex for wear or damage which could prevent the device from operating correctly or cause an electrical or fire risk.

The plug is also checked to ensure it is correctly wired, not damaged & to ensure that the correct fuse rating is used for the device.

Upon passing the visual inspection each item will undergo a series of electrical tests using a fully calibrated electrical PAT tester machine.

Upon completion, a label will be attached to each individual appliance indicating the test results (pass or fail) meaning any item failing the tests will be easily identifiable allowing for them to be removed from service for repair or replacement.

Test results are then complied detailing the results for each electrical appliance.


What documentation is provided at the end of the visit?

  • Certificate of results.
  • Appliance register - detailing the type and location of each device.
  • Detailed test results for each appliance.

How often should my appliances be PAT Tested?

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 state that all electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained and in a safe condition. 

The regulations do not specifically state how frequently the tests should be completed but government guidelines state that PAT testing is the best way to ensure electrical safety and some insurance policies will reject claims where PAT testing has not been completed.

The frequency of testing depends on the type of equipment and environment it is used in. A guide can be found on the HSE website by Clicking Here.

As a standard, we will contact you every year to offer another service of the PAT, it is of course your choice if you wish to do this more or less frequently, so just let us know your requirements and we will adapt to suit. 

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's):

Our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)section is designed to help you with your Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) queries, however, please feel free to contact us if you would like more detailed information or your question is not listed.

Portable Appliance Testing, commonly referred to as PAT, is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances to ensure they are fit for purpose and safe for use.

Any items with a plug are classed as a Portable Appliance and therefore requires testing.

We will carry out individual tests to all electrical appliances which are regarded as portable. The test is carried out by a qualified electrical engineer, who will systematically test and record all the portable electrical items i.e. fridge, kettle, etc. before compiling his report.

New equipment should be provided in a safe condition and not require a test, however, it is of course recommended before use that a visual check is completed to ensure the item is not damaged. 

In Short, No.

However, the law states that an employer should ensure that their electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent harm. It does not make clear how this should be done or how often, however, PAT testing is an effective maintenance regime giving employers confidence that they are doing what is necessary to help them meet their legal duties.

The information provided in the FAQ's section was correct at the time of writing. Although we always strive to keep this up to date, legislation/standards are frequently updated. This section should not be used as legal guidance and or reference.

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