What is Portable Appliance Testing?
Portable Appliance Testing, also known as PAT testing, is the process by which electrical appliances are routinely checked for safety. This is achieved via a series of electronic tests and visual inspections.
Although it is not a legal requirement, current UK legislation states that businesses must maintain electrical equipment in a safe condition. They also have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of employees and the public.
What is included?
Upon completion of an electrical portable appliance test you will receive a report that details the following:
- An inventory, or asset list, detailing all appliances located during the inspection, along with their location.
- A full set of results for each item tested.
- A list of any items that failed the test, along with an explanation as to why they failed.
- A visible PASS or FAIL label affixed to the item, which will detail the date of inspection, when the next test is due and a signature of the person carrying out the work.