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What is PAT testing?
PAT testing is a process where mains electrical appliances are routinely tested for safety. Also known as ‘in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment’, portable appliance testing is made up of a series of smaller tests, including a thorough visual inspection (over 95% of unsafe appliances are highlighted at this stage), earth resistance & continuity tests, an insulation resistance test and in some circumstances (power cords & extension leads) a polarity check. Combined with regular user-checks, this process is used to reduce risk within businesses of all descriptions.
Why PAT test?
Put simply, each business has duty of care towards its employees and members of the public that may visit the site to ensure the electrical equipment they may come into contact with is maintained in a safe manner. PAT testing is not mentioned explicitly in UK law, but several legal acts [1, 2, 3, 4] come into play, and one way to fulfil the requirements of these acts is to regularly test. Insurance companies or your landlord may also specify that you must test, or ‘take all reasonable precautions’ to ensure safety standards are met.
How often should I test?
Well that’s up to you! The idea that it must be done once per year is a myth that has been perpetrated over the years by hard-selling & cold-calling PAT test companies. It is actually up to the duty holders to risk assess the different types of appliances they have within their companies, and the different types of environments they are used in and make an informed decision. The Institute of Engineering & Technology issue guidelines as a starting point, and if you are unsure we’re happy to help and advise our customers with this at no-extra cost.
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 The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 - HSE Website
 The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 - legislation.gov.uk Website
 The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 - HSE Website
 The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 - HSE Website