Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is a term that is used to describe the examination of electrical equipment to ensure they are safe for use.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 specifically requires all electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury it maintained and kept in a safe condition. PAT is a proven method of achieving & meeting this requirement.
What is the Process of Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)?
A PAT test involves an inspection to check the appliance casing and flex for wear or damage which could prevent the device from operating correctly or cause an electrical or fire risk.
The plug is also checked to ensure it is correctly wired, not damaged & to ensure that the correct fuse rating is used for the device.
Upon passing the visual inspection each item will undergo a series of electrical tests using a fully calibrated electrical PAT tester machine.
Upon completion, a label will be attached to each individual appliance indicating the test results (pass or fail) meaning any item failing the tests will be easily identifiable allowing for them to be removed from service for repair or replacement.
Test results are then complied detailing the results for each electrical appliance.
What documentation is provided at the end of the visit?
- Certificate of results.
- Appliance register - detailing the type and location of each device.
- Detailed test results for each appliance.