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PAT Testing Services

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is a term that is used to describe the inspection process of electrical equipment to ensure the equipment is safe to use.

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

What is involved in Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)?

PAT testing involves examination of appliance casing and flex cable for wear & tear or damage which could prevent the electrical device from operating correctly or cause an electrical fire risk.

The plugs are also checked to ensure they are correctly wired, not damaged & to ensure that the correct fuse rating is used for the devices.

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

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

What documentation IR is provided after the completion of a PAT Visit?

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

How often should my applicances be PAT Tested?

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 state that all electrical appliances and equipment that have the potential to cause injury are to be maintained and kept 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:

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We will contact you every year to offer another PAT testing inspection service, 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 your needs.

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