Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is not a legal requirement, however, it’s a great way to reduce electrical risks, such as a fire. Upon completion of your PAT test, you will find peace of mind knowing you and your employees are working in a safe environment. Having a PAT test will allow your business to comply with Electricity at Work Regulations & Health and Safety Legislations. You will also have the ability to demonstrate a duty of care.
What does a PAT test involve?
A PAT test typically involves both a visual inspection and a more in-depth examination using suitable and reliable testing equipment. This includes earth continuity/bond tests, lead polarity, functional checks and insulation resistance inspections.
Each appliance is given a sticker at the end of the test, which will state whether the item passed or failed. It will also have the date of when the next inspection should be carried out, and the initials of the electrician who tested the item.