What is PAT testing?
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is a process of safety checks checks on electrical appliances to ensure employees, contractors, customers and tenants who may come into contact with an electrical appliance are not at risk of injury.
Conforming to PAT testing guidelines will help you to ensure that the portable appliances in your business are safe and help you to avoid violations. PAT testing was put into effect to ensure that all companies conform to the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989, Provision and Use of Work Equipment regulations of 1998 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work regulations of 1999.
The current law requires that all all landlords, employers and even self-employed individuals make sure that their portable electrical appliances are safe and are suitable and used for the purposes intended. These appliances should always be maintained properly and remain in good working order.
Testing includes an assessment of plug wiring, correct fuse rating, flex cable, casing and switching. Electrical safety testing is conducted using the latest portable appliance testers.
Once testing is complete, the appliance will be labelled as a Pass or Fail and a full test report and site test certificate will be provided.
Why PAT testing is important
PAT testing is done to ensure that all electrical equipment that is classified as “portable” is deemed safe for use.
The guidelines are designed to make certain that this equipment is kept protected and is preserved through regular maintenance as well as inspections and periodic testing using a PAT instrument or tester. Damage and fault can occur with all electrical equipment use which makes it essential that these items are tested regularly for safety.
The Benefits of PAT Testing
PAT testing has a large range of benefits that include:
- 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
A series of electrical checks depending on the class of equipment may include:
- Earth continuity
- Insulation resistance
- Protective conductor current
- Touch current
- Substitute leakage
- RCD test