Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ: Will I get into trouble if I don’t get PAT done?

Depending on how severe the situation is, the penalty for failure to meet legal obligations on electrical appliance safety can be as high as 2 year's imprisonment, as well as unlimited financial penalty. Of course, we are not judge or jury so these figures may have changed/may change.  Don't take the risk to save a little bit of money, at the end of the day you are obligated as an employer or business owner to provide a duty of care to your employees and the public    

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FAQ: How long does a PAT testing certificate last?

Realistically speaking a PAT certificate expires as soon as the test is over and someone starts using the appliance again, because the results obtained can't predict the future, but in reality most people consider a PAT testing certificate to last around one year. However, how long the time period should be until the appliances are tested again very much depends on a risk assessment. If you have electrical appliances in use at work you should carry out regular risk assessments to determine what is required to ensure they maintain safe standards; this could be annual PAT tests.  Usually a PAT [...]

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FAQs – Answers to some common questions that get asked about PAT Testing

We get these questions asked a lot; perhaps you have other questions - ask them in the comments section and we will respond.  Why do electrical appliances need PAT testing? Electrical appliances need PAT testing to maintain safety standards - an appliance that is not safe is dangerous; a dangerous appliance starts fires or gives the user an electric shock. A PAT test will find faults that make the appliance dangerous; the engineer is then able to take action to remove the danger. You need to get your electrical appliances PAT Tested to keep them safe. Is PAT Testing really [...]

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If staff bring personal electrical equipment into work does it need testing?

Yes it does; you are responsible for electrical equipment used at work, whether you have supplied it or not.  What would happen if that appliance caught fire or caused an accident - would you be protected if you hadn't checked the appliance was safe?    Consider this: You take action to ensure your equipment is maintaining safety standards by getting regular PAT testing carried out; your insurance company is happy. Someone uses your premises (e.g. a DJ in a hotel) and their equipment has not been maintained; a fire starts and your premises are destroyed... are you insured? If you [...]

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What happens if an appliance fails the tests?

If we fail an appliance we will advise you what to do; either repair it or dispose of it.  PAT Testing is as much about finding faulty appliances and fixing them as it is about confirming appliances are safe. If an appliance fails it may be repairable; if we can repair it we will do, but if not we'll recommend further action. Usually that is one of two options: Get it repaired by a specialist Dispose of it by appropriate means

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Why do we get Portable Appliances tested?

To make sure they are safe - dangerous appliances can give users electric shocks and start fires. PAT testing reduces the chances of that happening There are valid arguments for why you should get portable appliances tested, and there are arguments against getting appliances tested; usually created by people that don't understand why it is done.  Electrical appliances are made to perform a function; an electric heater is designed to warm a room, a television is intended to be watched, a drill is built to drill holes in walls - these are all valid reasons for an electrical appliance to [...]

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What is Portable Appliance Testing?

What is a PAT test? A PAT test is a routine procedure including an inspection and possibly a series of tests conducted on electrical appliances to make sure they are safe to be used.  The purpose of the PAT test is to prevent or reduce the chance of electrical accidents in the workplace. A full PAT test, sometimes referred to as 'inspection and testing' should include both a visual inspection by a competent person and one or more tests using specialist PAT testing equipment. These tests could include tests for earth continuity, lead polarity and insulation resistance - basically, checking [...]

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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 their Wedding Breakfast. The evening was a success, everyone had a great time and the disco was superb, even granny got up for a dance. It was about 4am when the night porter started to smell burning wafting through the hotel; he had a look around but couldn't work out where [...]

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What is “PAT” – What does “PAT” stand for?

What does PAT stand for? 'PAT' stands for 'Portable Appliance Testing' PAT is a process of inspecting and testing portable electrical appliances;  a portable appliance is any electrical appliance that is powered from a plug and socket outlet.  This makes the word portable misleading, as it has nothing to do with whether you can move the appliance. In fact a portable appliance can be fixed to the wall (providing it has a plug - not those directly wired into the mains), stationery equipment such as fridges and washing machines, IT equipment like computers and printers, movable equipment like [...]

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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 (PAT) ensures electrical appliances are safe to be used (much like an MOT checks your car is safe to be driven). Here in the UK all workplaces must make sure electrical appliances are safe to be used; various regulations stipulate that appliances must be maintained to a safe level, who is responsible and what must be done. Providing an [...]

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