What is PAT testing?

Portable appliance testing, also known as PAT Testing or PAT inspection, is the term used for the testing of electrical appliances in commercial properties to ensure they are working correctly and safe for employees or tenants to use.

Is PAT testing a legal requirement?

Although it is not a legal requirement to have appliances regularly tested, it makes good sense to routinely check the state of electrical appliances to avoid any potential problems. In addition, you could be held accountable if a faulty electrical appliance causes damage through fire or injury.

According to the Government’s Health and Safety Executive website, the Electricity at Work Regulations1989 states that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause harm or injury should bemaintained and kept in a safe condition. Having such items undergo regular PAT testing helps to safeguard employers, property owners and the general public.

The type of PAT testing required will differ depending on the appliance involved. In some cases, the business owner can quickly assess whether something is in good working order by self-examining it. For other, larger or more complex items, an electrician will need to look over the appliance to ensure it is in good working order and safe. Many other appliances will need more in-depth electrical tests performed on them to ensure they are not faulty and potentially unsafe, which can only be carried out by trained professionals.

Who Should Undergo PAT testing?

If you’re a landlord or a business owner, then it’s advisable to have your appliances tested on a regular basis by a professional electrician, particularly older equipment which is more likely to fail and no longer be under the manufacturer’s warranty.

Large electrical items such as kitchen appliances and boilers can often be the most hazardous appliances in a rental home, and if not checked regularly can lead to devastating house fires and potential loss of life. However, all electrical items need to be risk assessed to determine whether they need a professional electrician to carry out PAT testing.

Risk Assessment

In other areas of business, any machines that are regularly used but are not under a maintenance contract should be PAT tested. The period of time between each testing should be determined by how likely it is to become faulty, whether or not it is in a fixed position, how often it is used, and how old it is. We can help you with the risk assessment of the electrical items in your business or property.

DJP Electrical can carry out PAT testing on a wide range of appliances found in the home and businesses, bringing peace of mind as well as helping to prolong the life of your electrical appliances.

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