Frequently Asked Questions

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 appliances are routinely checked for safety. PAT testing is carried out in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Health and Safety regulations require electrical appliances to be safe, and to undergo regular maintenance to prevent accident or incident at work. Equipment manufacturers tend to recommend testing at particular intervals to ensure continual safety. The intervals between [...]

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PAT Testing: Plugs – BS1363

The BS 1363 Plug British Standard BS 1363 specifies the type of mains power plug and socket most commonly used in the United Kingdom. It is more commonly known as the 13 amp plug. The BS 1363 is considered to be one of the safest domestic power-connector systems in the world. A BS 1363 plug has two horizontal, rectangular pins for live and neutral, and above these pins, a larger, vertical pin for an earth connection. Unlike with most other types of sockets, the earth pin is mandatory in the BS 1363 plug, as it is needed to open a [...]

By |2019-10-01T20:49:24+00:00September 16th, 2014|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on PAT Testing: Plugs – BS1363

How do you wire a plug?

In the UK we operate on a 230 volts electricity supply which has the power to kill if it's not used sensibly. Electrical appliances, circuits, leads, plugs etc. are specially designed to reduce the chances of you receiving an electric shock; but only if they are managed correctly. We don't all need to know how to manage electrical circuits correctly, that's why we have electricians but we should understand the basics, like wiring a plug. Wiring a plug Everyone should understand the basics of a correctly wired 3-pin plug, and also be able to recognise any errors. If you don't [...]

By |2019-10-03T19:56:18+00:00May 19th, 2014|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on How do you wire a plug?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is PAT Testing? PAT Testing is the abbreviated term given to the phrase “Portable Appliance Testing” which forms part of the process referred to as the ‘Inspection and Testing of In-Service Electrical equipment’. This practice was introduced to enable companies to comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations. To meet the EAWR regulations any company or organisation is required to have in place a program of inspections and safety testing of portable electrical appliances. […]

By |2019-10-01T20:57:51+00:00February 26th, 2014|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on Frequently Asked Questions

What needs PAT Testing?

What appliances need PAT testing? There are 2 main factors to consider to determine whether or not an electrical appliances requires a PAT test... The electrical 'classification' of the item, and The 'category' of the item The class of an appliance helps to determine whether it needs testing for earth and insulation, just insulation, or simply requires a visual inspection. Some appliances, class 3 for example, don't even need the inspection.  Electrical appliances are generally categorised into 3 classes: Class 1 - regarded as the most dangerous, has only basic insulation for protection and so relies on earth [...]

By |2019-10-01T20:58:32+00:00February 24th, 2014|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on What needs PAT Testing?

Is PAT Testing a Legal Requirement?

PAT testing, as a procedure, is not, in itself a legal requirement.  However, and this is a BIG BUT... current UK legislation states that businesses MUST maintain safe electrical equipment, that they have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of employees and the public.  Because the process of PAT testing is considered the most effective method for doing this (and it provides the necessary paperwork), particularly for high risk environments, it has become an automatic and recognised method for meeting the legal obligations.  If you want to check out the specific guidance concerning electrical equipment at work, feel free, [...]

By |2019-10-01T20:58:38+00:00December 30th, 2013|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on Is PAT Testing a Legal Requirement?

Wiring diagram safety cards on a plug

  These little wiring diagram safety cards cards attached to the pins of a plug, usually on an extension lead, when you buy them new are very handy should you need to rewire the plug. But let's be honest who is going to buy this new, then un-wire and rewire the plug? No one. And if you need to re-wire the plug in the future what's the chances of you still having the card? Slim. However, if you are like many who don't remove it you probably will still have it. Wiring diagram safety cards on a plug are packaging; [...]

By |2019-10-01T20:58:43+00:00December 13th, 2013|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on Wiring diagram safety cards on a plug

Who is Responsible for Portable Appliance Testing?

YOU are You, as an employer or duty holder are responsible for ensuring Portable Appliance Testing is carried out correctly, and at the correct intervals. […]

By |2019-10-01T20:59:06+00:00September 10th, 2013|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on Who is Responsible for Portable Appliance Testing?

How do I PAT Test a kettle?

The video below shows you how to PAT Test a kettle. Note: we are not a training company and this information should not be used to learn or for educational purposes Class 1 Kettle PAT Testing A Kettle is a class 1 item, not only that but it is two separate items due to it's detachable base or lead. The kettle relies on an earth connection for safety; the PAT machine checks that connection is functioning correctly. A formal visual inspection should be carried out first. This video shows how you carried out the portable appliance test on the kettle. [...]

By |2019-10-01T20:49:56+00:00June 12th, 2013|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on How do I PAT Test a kettle?

How to PAT test Computer Server Systems

What is the biggest concern to any business when they have the PAT Testers in? Computer Servers When conducting PAT testing the technician needs to be very vigilant and aware of the importance for the continual operation of a server system, so great care has to be taken to not cause any problems for the client by unplugging anything without permission. Read more about PAT Testing offices Computer Server Systems Understandably; if the server gets disconnected unexpectedly and without your knowledge it can lead to major issues not least down-time for staff, but in the most worrying situation - loss [...]

By |2019-10-01T20:50:13+00:00June 12th, 2013|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on How to PAT test Computer Server Systems