UK Health and Safety regulations require electrical appliances to be safe, and maintained to prevent harm to workers and other users. Manufacturers of equipment recommend their appliances are tested at regular intervals to ensure they continue to be safe.
How often an appliance should be tested is proportionate to the risk factors of it’s use; there are many variations taking into account appliance type, use, environment, etc.
Insurance providers prefer a business to get their electrical equipment tested every year, to minimise the risk of defects occurring, accidents happening and to prevent fire.
Experience has shown that 12 months is the maximum period you should consider, as we will often come across appliances that have deteriorated since we last checked them, although some appliances that never move may be ok to test less often – we work with our clients to manage this, so you’re not getting unnecessary testing carried out.
PAT is the abbreviation for Portable Appliance Testing, which is a process of inspection and testing carried out on electrical appliances fitted with a plug, that connects to the mains via a socket, from extra low voltage up to 400 volts.
Portable Appliance Testing is part of Electrical Equipment Testing, which includes appliances that have had the plug removed and been hard wired (fixed) to the mains via a fused spur unit. We can also do the Fixed Appliance Testing for you.
By getting your electrical equipment PAT tested by us you will be doing the right thing to ensure you comply with the regulations; we will check each appliance to make sure it is safe, carry out repairs if needed, recommend a suitable retest period and provide you with a PAT Testing Certificate Report.