Frequently asked questions that relate to PAT testing

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What is Portable Appliance Testing?

Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe a process of inspecting and testing electrical appliances to ensure they are safe to use. Electrical appliance testing will find most electrical safety defects, in fact most will…
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Do others bring electrical equipment into your workplace?

Dave the DJ has a mobile disco rig, he was booked by Steve and Anna to do a disco for their Wedding at the local hotel. Dave set up on the Saturday afternoon in the dance hall and left his gear there, plugged in whilst Steve and Anna had…
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Do you provide equipment to be used outside of work?

So you get your office equipment PAT tested, but what about the gear in the vans, or the laptop Joe the sales guy uses at home? Every electrical appliance the company owns needs to be checked to see that it is maintaining a safe standard,…
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What is "PAT" Testing and what does it stand for?

PAT stands for Portable Appliance Testing - which is the term used to describe the inspection and testing of electrical appliances to ensure they're safe to be used.   Most defects of the appliance can be found by a visual inspection…

Why do we do PAT testing?

Why do we do PAT testing? Electrical appliances start off life perfectly safe, but over time they can deteriorate to such an extent that there is a real risk of electric shock to a user or the appliance catching fire. Portable Appliance Testing…
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Make sure you do user checks on appliances

Check appliances before you use them The person that uses an electrical appliance regularly is in the best position to know if it is in a safe condition and working as it should; that is the best person to do a User Check. Making the user…

Should I check my appliance myself before using it?

A number of accidents in the workplace are caused by faulty electrical appliances; appliances that have become faulty for many reasons but accidents that have happened because no-one was on hand to check the appliances worked correctly. User…

How often do I need to get PAT Testing done?

When I attend networking meetings I ask people how often they get PAT testing done, and most of them tell me “every year”; they’re usually very surprised and confused when I ask them “why” or tell them that they’re (probably)…
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Do you employ five or more people?

The Health and Safety at Work Act sets out general duties that employers have towards employees and users of their facilities, and that employees have to each other, and other users. The main requirement on employers is to carry out a risk…

PAT Testing Definition

PAT testing definition: PAT testing, is the 'abbreviated' version of the correct term of Portable Appliance Testing, also known as "PAT Inspection" or "PAT Testing". It is the name given to a process of inspection and testing by which electrical…