Frequently Asked Questions

April 2019

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

By |2019-10-01T20:21:24+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Frequently Asked Questions|

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, [...]

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February 2019

FAQ: How long does a PAT testing certificate last?

By |2019-10-01T20:41:34+00:00February 19th, 2019|Frequently Asked Questions|

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 [...]

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July 2018

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

By |2019-10-01T20:42:05+00:00July 26th, 2018|Frequently Asked Questions|

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 [...]

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

By |2019-10-01T20:42:13+00:00July 25th, 2018|Frequently Asked Questions|

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 [...]

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What happens if an appliance fails the tests?

By |2019-10-01T20:42:28+00:00July 25th, 2018|Frequently Asked Questions|

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 [...]

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December 2017

Why do we get Portable Appliances tested?

By |2019-10-01T20:52:31+00:00December 24th, 2017|Frequently Asked Questions|

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 [...]

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November 2017

What is Portable Appliance Testing?

By |2019-10-01T20:52:50+00:00November 30th, 2017|Frequently Asked Questions|

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 [...]

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October 2017

Do others bring electrical equipment into your workplace?

By |2019-10-01T20:53:12+00:00October 18th, 2017|Frequently Asked Questions|

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 [...]

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May 2017

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

By |2019-10-01T20:54:36+00:00May 1st, 2017|Frequently Asked Questions|

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. [...]

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October 2016

Why do we do PAT testing?

By |2019-10-01T20:44:20+00:00October 23rd, 2016|Frequently Asked Questions|

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 [...]

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