PAT Testing

Ensure the essential safety for your workplace

PAT Testing is a legal requirement to ensure the electrical appliances in your workplace are up to a safe working standard. In order to protect your business and its employees, you will need to ensure all necessary electrical equipment has been PAT tested.


Electrical PAT Testing

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Testing) is the inspection and testing of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure it is safe for use in a commercial (or domestic) environment. The purpose of PAT Testing is to prevent potential electrical accidents in the workplace.

Whilst most electrical safety faults can be spotted with a visual examination, PAT testing inspects electrical appliances more thoroughly and can detect many electrical faults which a visual examination cannot detect.

When we think about PAT testing, we might think it only applies to businesses. It’s important to remember that landlords are also responsible for ensuring the safety of their tenants with regular electrical PAT testing, although this will only apply to items provided by the landlord for their tenants.

PAT Testing Legal Requirements

According to the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, any electrical equipment present in a domestic environment should be PAT tested.

Surprisingly, there isn’t a legal pat testing requirement to test your electrical equipment annually. This is due to different types of electrical equipment needing to be tested more and less frequently, which will be determined by a PAT testing professional. For example, a power tool used every day by a builder will need to be PAT tested more frequently than a standard office pedestal fan which is only used a few times a year.

Once your electrical appliances have been PAT tested and have passed the inspection procedure, they will be labelled with a ‘passed’ sticker which explains the ID of your inspection, the test date, who the appliance was tested by and also when the next PAT testing is due.

Reducing Workplace Disruption

All electrical equipment will need to be disconnected from the mains supply during a PAT test. Whilst we understand this can be an inconvenience and cause disruption to your workplace, PAT testing cannot be carried out unless it is safe for us to do so.

To reduce the inconvenience as much as possible, we are happy to accommodate the needs of your business. Please get in touch with us to see how we can help you.

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