Information for the requirements for appliance safety on building sites

pat testing 110vLet’s start with the formalities:

If you are working on a building site using electric tools then you need to ensure they are safe. Whilst there’s not much we can do if a bulldozer drives over your drill or a JCB cuts the cable to your inspection lamp we can do our best to check your wiring is safe and your equipment won’t cause any damage if it’s in the correct condition.

Equipment of 230V

Such as battery chargers for drills, 230v extension leads, radios – those items that fit into the power using a standard plug

These items should be tested at least once every 12 months, however, if you’re getting your 110v equipment tested every 3 months perhaps you’ll want these doing at the same time.

110v Equipment

110v electrical appliances used on a construction site should have a formal inspection from a PAT Tester every 3 months, with the addition of a formal visual inspection every month – we can do the formal inspection for you but a competent person on your site could do this easily for you – we can even supply you with a list of the necessary checks to make.

A 110v appliance is distinguished with the easy to see yellow cable and adaptor:


Any electrical item on a construction site with a lead/adaptor fitted like the one above requires testing every 3 months.

We will come to building sites to do PAT Testing. We have CSCS Visitor Cards.

If you need PAT Testing doing for your tools please contact us for a quote.


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About the Author:

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.