What is PAT Testing?

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What is PAT Testing?

Portable appliance testing (commonly known as PAT or PAT Inspection or PAT Testing) is a process by which electrical appliances are routinely checked for safety.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT testing process) begins by simply observating a portable appliance, followed by a formal visual inspection, concluding with a formal inspection by a person deemed competent to perform the testing.

PAT testers (portable appliance testers) reduce the risk of electrical shock by detecting potential safety problems with electrical appliances before they occur.

PAT Testing is regulated by the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 in Ireland. This legislation is implemented under Statutory Instrument S.I. No.299 of 2007, which came into force in November 2007.

What is a Portable Appliance?

Portable Electricial Appliance refers to electricial equipment that can be moved from one place to another e.g. office machinery (computers, copiers, fax machines), kettles, extension leads etc. Portable appliances usually have a lead with a plug attached.

Interested in buying a PAT Tester or learning how to do PAT Testing yourself?

Take a look at our range of PAT Testers from leading manufacturers Megger, Seaward and Fluke. Our PAT training courses can be carried out the comfort of your office, or at our premises. Courses can be booked as group booking or individual sessions.

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