PAT Testing

What is PAT Testing?

PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) is an electrical safety test that is carried out on portable electronic appliances to ensure they meet the minimum safety standards.

What PAT Testing Involves
  • Visual Inspection – Checking plug, cable and wiring for signs of obvious damage, Check the correct fuse fitted.
  • Earth Bond – Tests the metal casing to ensure there is no risk of electrocution.
  • Earth Continuity Test – An Earth Bond test for IT equipment, as IT equipment is sensitive and uses a lower current so that it does not cause any damage to the electrical components.
  • Insulation Test – A test is carried out on all equipment to ensure the resistance is acceptable and adequate for the appliance.
Why should you PAT Test appliances
  • To ensure appliances are safe for employees/customers to use.
  • Helps to find faults in electrical appliances which could cause danger to the user.
  • May be required by some Insurance companies.
  • Some insurance companies may refuse payment on a claim, if it is found the damage was caused by an appliance not properly maintained.
Legislation

Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states that all electrical appliances must be maintained to prevent danger, and that a competent person must inspect the installation regularly in any workplace.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 puts a duty of care on both the employer and employee to ensure the safety of themselves and those around them.

What problems can be found during PAT Testing?
  • Wrong fuses in plugs
  • Faulty wiring
  • Frayed cable
  • Appliance may not be properly earthed
Documentation

We provide fully documented test results and test certificate by post or email.