Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use.
The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that electrical appliances are regularly inspected and tested to ensure they are safe for use. This means that employers, including self-employed and landlords, have a duty to ensure that all electrical equipment is safe, suitable for the purpose and properly maintained.
The Institute of Technology (IET), with the support of the Health & Safety Executive have prepared a Code of Practice for the In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (4th Edition Nov. 2012).
To demonstrate compliance with the code of practice and the recommendation of the HSE, there is a recommended maintenance scheme with 5 key stages:
- Risk-Based assessment
- Regular user checks
- Formal visual inspection
- Combined inspection and electrical testing
- Records maintenance
Management of the maintenance scheme is the responsibility of the duty-holder, e.g. owner, landlord, or designated individual. PAB Electrics are able to help you comply with the regulations and your responsibilities.
We offer a comprehensive PAT Testing management service including risk assessing, inspecting and measuring the electrical safety of portable appliances.
On-site testing can be arranged to be conducted out of your normal business hours to minimise disruption.
Call PAB Electrics today to organise your PAT Test and we'll ensure all your business appliances are safe to use.