Portable Appliance Testing – more commonly known as PAT Testing – reviews the safety of non-fixed electrical appliances using a combination of electronic testing and visual checks.
This includes, but isn't limited to:
Who needs a PAT Test?
All workplaces and rented properties should PAT Test their appliances. While PAT Testing isn't specifically required by law, without regular PAT Testing you could invalidate your business or landlord insurance, as well as violate the following laws:
As a business or landlord, it's your responsibility to ensure the electrical devices used on your property are in a safe working condition - even if they're not owned by yourself. If they're not, you're at risk of receiving fines of up to £20,000, and could even serve a jail sentence.
How often do I need a PAT Test?
The law doesn't specifically determine how often you should perform a PAT Test on your appliances, so it's up to you to determine the appropriate frequency. The aim of a PAT Test is to ensure the portable appliances used by your employees or tenants are safe - so bear this in mind when deciding how often it should be done.
Appliances that are used more often, have more delicate components or are often moved around are more likely to require PAT Testing more frequently than lesser used or larger appliances. Consider how often the appliances are used on your property, whether use is supervised, and the steps taken to preserve them when creating a PAT Testing system.
What happens if an appliance fails a PAT Test?
If an appliance or device fails a PAT Test, using it could cause fires, electrical shocks or burns. The technician carrying out your PAT Test will usually advise what to do with the appliance on your final report - either repair the fault, or dispose of it completely.
Who can perform a PAT Test?
Only an appropriately qualified electrician or technician can perform a PAT Test correctly - always ensure you research the company you choose to perform any electrical work or testing before booking.
At Carnegie Electrical Testing, we take pride in our competence and experience - we're recognised by governing bodies such as the NICEIC, so you can be sure to receive a thorough and accurate service. Find out more about our various accreditations here.
Book your PAT Test today
Through our associate company, Selectatest Limited, Carnegie Electrical Testing Ltd has over 25 years of experience providing PAT Testing services to:
We offer out of hours PAT Testing at evenings and weekends, but please be aware that school holiday periods are particularly popular, so book your PAT Test well in advance. Simply fill out our enquiry form for a free, no obligation quote - or contact us for any further information.