Portable Appliance Testing in Ireland

Portable Appliance Testing in Ireland over the past number of years is starting to be seen as more than best practice in a lot of work places and is now moving towards being the accepted industry standard as a form … Continue reading


7 Things You Should Know About Earth Bond Tests

Class I appliances are potentially the most dangerous appliances. An earth bond test is only applicable to a class 1 appliance with exposed conductive parts. A PAT tester does an Earth Bond or Earth Integrity Test, which shows whether the … Continue reading


How to PAT Test a PC

Learn how to PAT Test (portable appliance test) a PC… First of all – unplug the machine. To PAT test the PC it needs to be disconnected from the mains and plugged into a PAT tester. By doing this, the PAT tester … Continue reading


Why Do We Need PAT Testing?

PAT Testing is an essential aspect of any company’s Health & Safety Policy. All employers are required to ensure the safety of staff members or vistors to their place of work, when it comes to electrical equipment within a business premises.


Who requires PAT Testing?

Who exactly needs to do PAT Testing? And what is involved in the PAT Testing process? PAT Testing needs to be carried out by any organisation that has portable appliances in their place of work. But was exactly is a … Continue reading


PAT Testing 101

In a nutshell, Portable Appliance Testing (PAT testing process) starts with observation of a portable appliance, followed by a formal visual inspection. The final step is a formal inspection by a person or competent to perform the testing. Step 1: Observation Simple … Continue reading


Who Can Carry Out PAT Testing?

OK, so we know that PAT Testing is an essential part of any company’s Health & Safety Policy. But who is allowed to do it? Who is qualified to carry out PAT Testing? The IEE Code of Practice states that … Continue reading


What qualification is required to be a PAT Tester?

The law states that anyone who wants to be a Portable Appliance Tester (PAT Tester) should be deemed to be competent at PAT Testing. To become a PAT tester you start by attentding a PAT Training course and gaining certification.


PAT Testing Best Practice

Portable appliance testing aims to prevent electrical injury, such as electric shock, burns and fires of electrical origin. But what is considered “best practice” when it comes to PAT Testing?


Failure to PAT Test – Penalties

New Safety at Work regulations and the recent insistance of insurance companies and standards authorities call for Portable Appliance Testing procedures to be in place within companies. But what are the penalties for not having PAT testing approved equipment? In short, … Continue reading