Portable Appliance Testing

Pat Testing

Pat Testing or Portable Appliance Testing is an important part of any health & safety policy.

This site is intended as a guide to both the legal implications and to the technical requirements.

Pat Testing is recommended:

1. Where appliances are used within a building by employees.

2. Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc.

3. When appliances are supplied or hired for use, the equipment should be checked to ensure it has a current PAT certificate.

4. When appliances are repaired or serviced, a PAT certificate should be provided to ensure it is safe for use.

The level of inspection and testing required is dependant upon the risk of the appliance becoming faulty, which is in turn dependant upon the type of appliance, the nature of its use and the environment in which it is used.

The Institution of Electrical Engineers publish the “Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment�? (ISBN: 0-85296-776-4) . This guide forms the basis for portable appliance testing in the U.K.

Please follow the links on this page for more information PAT Testing / Portable Appliance Testing and Electrical Safety Testing.