Is PAT Testing a Legal Requirement?

PAT testing, as a procedure, is not, in itself a legal requirement. 

What you need to know about electrical regulationsHowever, 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, the links are here:


What are the penalties if you do not meet the legal obligations?


By |2019-04-23T19:38:47+00:00December 30th, 2013|PAT Blog|Comments Off on Is PAT Testing a Legal Requirement?

About the Author:

I am Richard Ayre, PAT engineer and Owner/Director of DRA PAT Testing Limited, trading since 2009. I am also Operations Director for the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association.