Portable Appliance Testing 15 Appliances (LONDON)
Portable Appliance Testing
Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing. However, it is essential to understand that visual examination is an essential part of the process because some types of electrical safety defect can’t be detected by testing alone.
A relatively brief user check (based upon simple training and perhaps assisted by the use of a brief checklist) can be a very useful part of any electrical maintenance regime. However, more formal visual inspection and testing by a competent person may also be required at appropriate intervals, depending upon the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used.
Do I need a professional to do this test?
Most electrical appliance defects can be uncovered after a simple visual examination. However, there can still be defects that are not obvious and may require professional services to uncover. Complete EPC recommends that you allow our qualified staff to examine your appliance even if you may not be able to see any faults yourself.
Do I need to Test all my Appliance Every Year?
No. PAT testing is subjective to the appliance in question and the environment in which it is being used. For example, a power tool being used in a construction site may need to be examined more frequently than a lamp in a hotel bedroom.
My Appliance is brand new, I don’t need any testing.
New electrical equipment may not need a complete PAT test. Nonetheless, you need to ensure a safe working environment for it and at least a simple visual check is recommended.
Is Pat Testing a Legal Requirement?
No. The law simply requires an employer to ensure that their electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent danger. It does not say how this should be done or how often. Employers should take a risk-based approach, considering the type of equipment and what it is being used for. If it is used regularly and moved a lot eg a floor cleaner or a kettle, testing (along with visual checks) can be an important part of an effective maintenance regime giving employers confidence that they are doing what is necessary to help them meet their legal duties. HSE provides guidance on how to maintain equipment including the use of PAT.
The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989 require that all electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury needs to be maintained in a safe condition. Even though, the PAT test is not a legal requirement but if an injury were caused due to an electrical risk in your workplace it will point to your negligence, and in which case you will have broken the law. So it’s better be safe than sorry.