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Portable Appliance Testing

Why test your portable appliances

Most businesses today use portable electrical appliances in some way so it’s important they’re regularly checked and inspected. Business owners and employers are legally responsible for their people’s safety and this involves making their equipment undergoes portable appliance testing

PAT Testing is a series of tests and inspections that determine whether a portable appliance is safe to use and fit for purpose. This is vital to the safety of your people and your premises.

Everyday wear and tear can lead to damage and the risk of fire or electrical shocks, so it’s crucial all electrical equipment is checked.

The legal position

If you have people using portable electrical equipment on-site or at home, you’re responsible for checking the appliance to ensure the safety of your employees. Periodic inspection and testing come under legal requirements which you need to abide by. These include:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989

  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment regulations of 1998

  • Management of Health and Safety at Work regulations of 1999

How we can help

Our fully trained, competent PAT technicians will attend at your site(s) and carry out the testing using the latest equipment that is re-calibrated each year.  

Assuming the item passes the test, it will be labelled with a compliant sticker and recorded on the asset register.  Should an item fail the testing process, then it will be labelled as such and brought to your attention for repair or replacement.  

Within one working day following the test, you will receive the asset register for the items that were tested on site.

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PAT FAQs

Who can carry out PAT testing?


To carry out pat testing and visual testing, you need to appoint an individual who has previous experience and knowledge when checking your electrical equipment. To hold this responsibility, you should have completed a PAT testing training course or a competent person scheme.




Which items will need testing?


To carry out PAT testing and visual testing, you need to appoint an individual who has previous experience and knowledge when checking your electrical equipment. To hold this responsibility, you should have completed a PAT testing training course or a competent person scheme. There are two main factors which determine whether or not an item should be PAT tested:

  • The electrical ‘class’ of the item
  • The ‘category’ of the item




How often do portable appliances need testing?


The frequency of your PAT Testing depends on a number of factors – things like the appliance itself, how it’s used, how often it’s used and the industry you’re in.




What are the electrical classes?


Electrical appliances are mainly categorised as Class 1, 2 or 3, with Class 1 being the most dangerous and Class 3 the least dangerous. Class 1 appliances This type of electrical equipment has only basic insulation and relies on an earth for protection so may need an earth continuity test. Class 2 appliances This type of electrical equipment has extra insulation so may need insulation resistance testing but doesn’t rely on an earth for protection, which makes it safer. Class 3 appliances Class 3 appliances are low voltage items and are the safest class of electrical appliance. Their charging leads may need to be PAT tested.