Portable Appliance Testing Guidance & FAQs
DRA PAT Testing Limited specialise in helping customers maintain safe standards in their electrical equipment; electrical appliances that are portable (can be disconnected from the mains without needing an electrician) must maintain a satisfactory level of safety throughout their life – portable appliance testing is the best way to do this.
The law requires employers to ensure electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent danger – it doesn’t state what needs to be done or how often.
It is widely recognised in the UK that the easiest and most efficient method for checking electrical equipment is safe is through the process referred to as Portable Appliance Testing.
Portable Appliance Testing Guidance
It’s our intention to make the whole process of getting your electrical equipment inspected and tested, as easy as possible. We can work in most scenarios and will do our best to help you achieve your goals.
Whether you want to manage the process, just want us as a one off, want us to work with your in-house team, or you need us to manage the entire programme for you – whatever your needs we aim to help.
We label every appliance we test with a new label with a unique identification number, each following sequence so they can be easily searched for in our database. Even failed appliance are recorded. The ID number relates directly to the report we provide which shows the appliance description, it’s location and the tests conducted.
If you want further information on the service we provide and what we do for our clients, have a look around the website or contact us.
What is Portable Appliance Testing?
Portable appliance testing, or PAT, is a process for checking electrical equipment is safe, through a series of visual inspections and tests using appropriate testing equipment.
Why do we need to have appliances tested?
You don’t need to have appliances tested, but you should do something to ensure your appliances are safe – the easiest, most recognised, and generally cheapest option is to have a PAT Test carried out on them.
A PAT test is a good way for landlords to ensure appliances they provide as part of a tenancy agreement are safe; that they are meeting their legal obligations to maintain high standards of electrical safety in their rented property.
What is a “Portable” appliance?
For an appliance to be deemed portable it must have be able to be removed from the mains electricity supply by removing a plug from a socket; or intended to be used in such a way. Some appliances you wouldn’t normally deem portable because you can’t easily move them are still classed as portable appliances are require these checks.
What does Portable Appliance Testing involve?
A portable appliance test is carried out to check an appliance is safe, to make sure it is suitable for what it is being used for, and where. The competent person (PAT engineer) will carry out a formal visual inspection of the appliance, its plug and lead, then when necessary (all class I equipment, and some class II) inject test signals into the cable and appliance to check the internal integrity.
Do I get a PAT Testing Certificate?
- On completion of the inspection and testing you will receive a report that includes:
- An inventory including each appliance, its description, location, test date and ID number
- A list of all test results obtained for each appliance
- A list of all appliances that failed, with further information
- A PAT Testing Certificate
- A pass or fail label on each appliance including the test date, and ID number
- A report from the engineer where appropriate – based on the inspection their may be further action required.
How often should we get PAT Testing done?
How often appliances need a PAT test is dependent on the risks associated with the equipment; guidelines state that the risk should be assessed by you or a competent person and you should advise the PAT company of when the next tests should take place.
However, we also understand that you may not have the technical knowledge to do this, or want to pay the high fees of a Health and Safety Consultant, so we will work with you to find the most appropriate PAT testing frequency for your needs.
Contact us or get a PAT Testing Quote