PAT (Portable Appliance Testing)
What is a PAT Test?
A PAT test is an inspection of the electrical appliance to check that they are safe to use. A full PAT test includes a visual inspection of the appliance and an in-depth check using specialised PAT testing equipment. The test also checks earth continuity, lead polarity, and insulation resistance of the appliance.
Because of this, the word ‘portable’ is a bit misleading. There are actually 7 categories of appliance which should be considered for PAT testing:
- Fixed appliances
- Stationary appliances
- IT appliances
- Moveable appliances
- Portable appliances
- Cables and chargers
- Hand Held appliances
Why do you need a PAT test?
The Health and Safety Executive guidance topics state the requirement that “any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition.” Thus, it is important for any business owner to ensure compliance with this requirement.
Landlords need to ensure their rental properties are safe. All portable electronic appliances such as microwaves, kettles, and washing machines fall under the 1994 Electrical Equipment Regulations.
Other businesses that should perform frequent PAT Testing include beauty salons, hotels, doctors’ offices, and health clubs. PAT Testing does not just apply to standard offices with computers and copiers, but any workplace that has portable electric appliances.
We use the TIS 700 Safety PAT tester which is calibrated yearly. You can count on use to provide provide accurate results quickly.