PAT Testing

Is a term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use.

Within the commercial and industrial sector, the law places a responsibility on all employers to ensure that the electrical equipment to be used by their staff and the public, should be fit for purpose and safe for use. Hence, all portable appliances have to be regularly checked and maintained to help avoid the danger of electric shock and fires and comply with guidelines in place, by a competent person. This process is called Portable Appliance Testing or PAT testing as it is more commonly known. 

All current using equipment that is fed through a flexible cord must be visually inspected for signs of damage and its fuse and switch functionality also must be checked and tested. These electrical equipment range from kitchen appliances such as kettles, toasters, washing machines and microwaves to air conditioning units, vacuum cleaners, handheld tools and IT equipment. To abide by the requirements set out by the relevant legislation and guidelines, a 'regular' PAT test should be carried out thus ensuring the safety of that appliance. The frequency of tests will vary depending on the type of equipment and the work environment that it is used in, but this can be anything between every 3 months to 2 years as recommended by the IEE code of practice.

Our compliance division conducts these tests in a proficient and professional manner. We work closely with the client to ensure that there is no or minimal disruption to their business operation by delivering our service in manner that suits their needs. 

Our aim is to ensure all projects meet the requirements of the relevant legislative and code of practice standards and are delivered safely, within timescale and budget.