PAT Testing FAQs
There is a lot of confusion around PAT Testing, your responsibilities, frequencies etc. Here are a selection of our most Frequently Asked Questions surrounding our PAT testing service, if you have a query not covered in this section please feel free to call us on 0330 6600264 or email [email protected]
Portable Appliance Testing is a process by which your equipment is routinely inspected and tested to see if it is safe.
Portable Appliance Testing is a process by which your equipment is routinely inspected and tested to see if it is safe. Every year, about 30 people die from coming into contact with electricity, and many more are injured. About a quarter these accidents involve portable appliances. By testing items of electrical equipment, we should be able to spot faults before they have a chance to harm anyone, the interval between tests depending on both the type of appliance and the environment it is used in.
Any electrical appliance that is connected to the electrical mains by a cable and plug is classified as a portable appliance.
Any electrical appliance that is connected to the electrical mains by a cable and plug is classified as a portable appliance, and will therefore need periodic PAT testing. In practice appliances less than 50v are deemed low voltage and therefore require no formal inspection.
The name suggests that the appliance should be ‘portable’, in reality any appliance that can be moved without unwiring is categorised as a portable appliance. As well as static equipment such as PC monitors, the guidelines cover electrical appliances owned by employees who use them at work, as these can obviously cause harm to those who use them and others in close proximity.
The regulations apply to all appliances as if they were the property of a business that are being used during working hours. They include the following appliances: – photocopiers, fridges, mobile phone chargers, fax machines, computers, music systems, heaters, irons, PA systems, drills, kettles, microwaves, monitors, ovens etc.
Contrary to what others will tell you, there is NO specific legal requirement to have your equipment tested. However, there IS a legal requirement for all employers and self-employed people to make sure that their equipment is SAFE. The best way to do this is to inspect and test it on a regular basis, and this is why there is an expectation that testing will be carried out.
But remember, the law makes it quite clear that the employer or self-employed person is responsible for health and safety. There are a number of reasons why appliances should be PAT tested on a regular basis, but the most important ones are:-
- To comply with The Electricity at Work Regulations
- To comply with the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
- To minimise the risk of fire and injury caused by electrical appliances
- To satisfy your Insurance Company
- To comply with all Health & Safety requirements and ISO standards
- Quality Assurances also requires you to comply