What is Portable Appliance Testing?

Portable Appliance testing or PAT testing is the process where an item of mains powered electrical portable equipment is routinely checked for safety.  

What the regulations say

There is a statutory requirement of employers and landlords to ensure that any electrical equipment they provide is safe and that their employees, customers and tenants will not suffer harm from its use. Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the best way to fulfil this requirement.

The Health and Safety Act 1974 requires the above to be carried out in the following circumstances:

  •  Where appliances are used by employees.
  • Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc.
  • Where appliances are supplied or hired.
  • Where appliances are repaired or serviced.

The Electricity at Work act 1989 and subsequent publications state in simple terms that it is the responsibility of the duty holder to provide a safe environment by maintaining the systems therein. The latest code of practice (4th Edition) now requires an internal risk assessment to be carried out to ensure you are testing at the frequency required for your environment and prospective maintenance.

How do we PAT test?

With engineers across the whole of the East Midlands, we work quickly and flexibly to suit your business needs. If your business is based on multiple sites, we complete your PAT testing to a consistent standard within the same month, or, during a time frame that suits you.

So you can easily keep track of testing dates but just in case you forget, we’ll send you a reminder. 

What is tested in a PAT test?

We carry out a number of inspections and tests:

  1. A visual examination – We look for any damage to the appliance that may cause it to be faulty. This is an incredibly important part of PAT testing as most fails happen at this stage.
  2. An in-depth inspection and test – This helps us pick up on any damage that may not be immediately visible. It includes earth continuity, lead polarity and insulation resistance checks.
  3. Once we’ve completed these tests, we conduct a function check to ensure that everything works as it should do.

What you’ll receive

Upon completion of the inspection and testing you will receive a report that details the following as a minimum:

  • An inventory containing each appliance type, name, location and description
  • A full set of test results for each appliance tested
  • A full list of any failed items with an explanation of their failure
  • A visible pass or fail label on each appliance detailing the inspection date, next test due and the inspector’s signature.

How much does a PAT test cost?

We give you a bespoke quotation based on the needs of your business. We have a unique pricing structure so if you’d like your electrical appliances inspecting, please get in touch to hear our competitive rates.

As part of our service you’ll receive a full report, certifications and, if needed, out of hours testing at no extra cost.

If you need any assistance with your risk assessment or your requirements to test, please contact us on 0115 8446870.