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