Do we need to PAT test new equipment?

If I had to give you the answer to this question, I would say “better safe than sorry, get it tested”, but ultimately the final decision is yours. 

Most people say that you don’t need to get new equipment PAT tested but it is up to your company policy

If you are confident that the new equipment you have is safe to use then go ahead and do so; It is generally accepted that new equipment is safe to use as it should have been tested by the manufacturer, but it is possible it got damaged in transit, or that it is not a genuine UK standard appliance – there are plenty of them on the market.

Assuming the appliance is genuine, complete the manufacturers warranty card included or register it online so you are notified of any issues that arise.

When we next come to test the rest of the equipment we will test the newer kit too. However if more than a year is to pass before our next visit it may be worth getting us in to check the newer kit when it’s a year old.

Whatever decision you make ensure it is an informed one and you are completely sure; as if there is an accident you may be held accountable.

By |2020-01-09T20:34:26+00:00July 25th, 2018|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on Do we need to PAT test new equipment?

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I am Richard Ayre; editor for this site, owner of the site and the business, and a PAT testing engineer with over 10 years experience. I consider myself an expert in testing IT equipment in office environments; I have worked in many different industries for hundreds of different clients testing all kinds of electrical equipment. I am also Operations Director for the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association As well as being the business owner I am also an employer; based in Wallsend near Newcastle upon Tyne. I am also involved in the running of the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association as Operations Director and joint founder. "PATTA" attends important meetings and provides representation for the smaller businesses that do PAT testing in the UK, when decisions are being made that affect them.