Test Procedure

Our engineers are all trained and experienced Portable Appliance Testers. Typically, an engineer will arrive at your premises at a pre-arranged date and time ( 24 hours a day, weekdays, weekends, nights, Bank Holidays)

All our testing machines are calibrated and have the relevant certificates of validation. Our engineers and qualified PAT Testers will work with you systematically throughout your work environment / property performing a proper visual inspection of all leads and appliances, then testing each portable appliance and all leads to establish if they are electrically safe to use. We follow your specific guidelines and if computers, servers, POS hardware needs to be running continuously then we will conduct a thorough visual inspection in order to avoid any unnecessary power outages of vital equipment.

If your appliances pass, then our PAT Testers will place a sticker to confirm the date it passed it’s PAT Test. If failed, then we will advise you on what needs to be fixed (if possible) or that the appliance needs to be removed. Our PAT Tester can carry out minor repairs free of charge however, larger repairs may need extra attention.

For more information on our PAT Testing procedure across the UK, or to book a PAT Test, contact us today.

What is portable appliance testing?

PAT or portable appliance testing is a term which is used to describe the testing of electrical equipment and appliances, this makes sure they are safe to use. Some electrical defects can be found by visual examination, though often some defects can only be found by testing.It must be understood that the visual examination is a vital part of the testing process as some types of fault can’t be found by just testing.

Do I need to test new equipment?

All new equipment should be in perfect working order when you receive it and not need a formal PAT test, however a simple visual check is always a good idea to ensure no damage has been caused in transit.

Are wired appliances part of PAT testing?

Some people wrongly assume that only items with a plug need PAT testing.All electrical systems in the workplace regardless of being plugged or directly connected to the mains supply need to be tested, this all falls under the 1989 Electricity at Work Regulations.

A lot of companies overlook this and fail to include fixed equipment within their risk assessments, which can lead to problems if something happens to go wrong.

Is portable appliance testing compulsory?

It is not compulsory; the law simply states that employers must ensure that all electrical equipment is well maintained and in good and safe working order. It does not specify how often checks should be carried out or in which way they should be tested.If equipment is used heavily or moved often it is advised that extra checks should be made on these items. HSE does provide some guidance on how to maintain equipment with the use of PAT testing.

How often should my appliences be tested?

Inspections and testing depend on firstly the type of equipment and secondly the environment it is used in. As an example, a power tool used on heavy work on a construction site should be tested more often then a tv in a hotel bedroom.If you are unsure it is always advisable to ask an expert for guidance.

Does an electrician have to carry out the tests?

The person performing the tests needs to competent to do it. In low-risk environments, a sensible and competent member of staff can undertake the necessary visual inspections if they have enough knowledge, training and experience. However, when undertaking combined inspection and testing, a greater level of knowledge and experience is needed, and the person will need:

  • the right equipment to do the tests
  • the ability to use this test equipment properly
  • the ability to properly understand the test results
What is portable appliance testing?

PAT or portable appliance testing is a term which is used to describe the testing of electrical equipment and appliances, this makes sure they are safe to use. Some electrical defects can be found by visual examination, though often some defects can only be found by testing.

It must be understood that the visual examination is a vital part of the testing process as some types of fault can’t be found by just testing.

Are wired appliances part of PAT testing?

Some people wrongly assume that only items with a plug need PAT testing.

All electrical systems in the workplace regardless of being plugged or directly connected to the mains supply need to be tested, this all falls under the 1989 Electricity at Work Regulations.

A lot of companies overlook this and fail to include fixed equipment within their risk assessments, which can lead to problems if something happens to go wrong.

How often should appliances be tested?

Inspections and testing depend on firstly the type of equipment and secondly the environment it is used in. As an example, a power tool used on heavy work on a construction site should be tested more often then a tv in a hotel bedroom.

If you are unsure it is always advisable to ask an expert for guidance.

Do I need to test new equipment?

All new equipment should be in perfect working order when you receive it and not need a formal PAT test, however a simple visual check is always a good idea to ensure no damage has been caused in transit.

Is portable appliance testing compulsory?

It is not compulsory; the law simply states that employers must ensure that all electrical equipment is well maintained and in good and safe working order. It does not specify how often checks should be carried out or in which way they should be tested.

If equipment is used heavily or moved often it is advised that extra checks should be made on these items. HSE does provide some guidance on how to maintain equipment with the use of PAT testing.

Does an electrician have to carry out the tests?

The person performing the tests needs to competent to do it. In low-risk environments, a sensible and competent member of staff can undertake the necessary visual inspections if they have enough knowledge, training and experience. However, when undertaking combined inspection and testing, a greater level of knowledge and experience is needed, and the person will need:

  • the right equipment to do the tests
  • the ability to use this test equipment properly
  • the ability to properly understand the test results
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