Electric portable appliance testing is required by law in the UK. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989; Section 4(2) requires all Portable Appliances to be accurately assessed by regular inspection and tested on an annual basis.
What is a Portable Appliance?
A portable appliance is an item of electrical equipment, which is connected to the power supply with a flex and plug.
Why do I need Portable Appliance Testing?
There are a number of reasons why appliances should be PAT tested on a regular basis, but the most important ones are:
- Electric portable appliance testing is required by law in the UK. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989; Section 4(2) requires all Portable Appliances to be accurately assessed by regular inspection and testing, so that the appliance in question can be confirmed as safe to use
- To assure the safety of all your portable appliances, e.g. kettles, microwaves, computers, fridges, telephones and extension leads, PAT testing satisfies these Health and Safety regulations
- To comply with the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- To comply with all Health & Safety at Work Act 1974; Section 2 of this requires the employer to ensure that all appliances comply with the regulations of the Act, and that the employer is responsible in so far as is reasonably practicable in making sure that all relevant equipment is safe to use and without risk to health
- To minimize the risk of fire and injury caused by electrical appliances
- To satisfy your Insurance Company
- To supply Fire Officers and Health & Safety Inspectors with PAT testing certificates and records
What does PAT testing involve?
PAT Testing Services will inspect, test and certify all your portable appliances, as covered by the Institute of Electrical Engineers Code of Practice, and provide advice as to their condition and safety. A written report, together with a test certificate will be provided as evidence that your portable appliances have had a combined inspection and electrical safety test
What is an item?
E.G: A kettle with a separate base will be counted as two items as they both need separate tests and identifying numbers in case of separation or use individually!
A computer system will be commonly be made up of four separate items e.g. monitor, base unit, IEC power lead X2!
If the lead can be separated from the appliance then they are considered as separate items.