PAT Testing Explained

The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations and take reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of such equipment.

This in effect requires the implementation of a systematic and regular program of maintenance, inspection and testing.

The level of inspection and testing required is dependant upon the risk of the appliance becoming faulty, which is in turn dependant upon the type of appliance, the nature of its use and the environment in which it is used.

The Institution of Electrical Engineers published the “Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment”.

This guide forms the basis for portable appliance testing in the U.K and looks at:

  • The Benefits of PAT Testing.
  • Improved safety in the work place
  • Compliance with your insurance company
  • Keep track of your assets
  • Enhance preventative maintenance
  • Increase productivity through safe and reliable equipment
  • Reduce legal risks for managers

What’s Involved in PAT Testing

A qualified PAT Testing specialist will be able to perform tests and checks on a variety of appliances using PAT testers that will be able to show if the appliance has passed or failed testing including:

  •  earth continuity
  • lead polarity
  • insulation resistance

A Certificate is then issued listing each appliance with a pass or fail.

Sourcing a local PAT testing company is best practice.

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