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

10 Reasons To Get PAT Testing Training

When you complete a PAT training course, you will have mastered both manual and theoretical aspects of PAT testing. Here are 10 reasons why it’s a good idea for you to enrol in a PAT Testing training course…

Which PAT Tester?

With all the new Safety at Work regulations and the recent insistance of insurance companies and standards authorities for PAT Testing procedures to be in place within companies, you have to ask: “Which PAT Tester is the right one?”

What is the law on PAT Testing?

The requirement for PAT Testing is relatively new here in  Ireland. Apart from the regulation many insurance companies and standards authorities are insisting on companies developing  PAT Testing within their organisation. The risks to employees, employers and businesses are very … Continue reading

What is a PAT Tester?

What is a PAT Tester? PAT tester is short for Portable Appliance Tester. A PAT Tester is an electrical safety testing device that tests any appliance in which a plug top is fitted. The idea behind the PAT test is to … Continue reading

Portable Appliance Testing for Offices

Portable Appliance Testing for Offices – here’s what you need to know… Most office staff use electrical equipment, but if electrical equipment is unsafe it could cause personal injury, workplace fires or even kill. Portable appliance testing in offices aims to prevent … Continue reading

Portable Appliance Test Courses – What’s involved?

Everyone is talking about Portable Appliance Test Courses– but what’s the big deal? Portable Appliance Testing, more commonly known as PAT Testing, is the process by which electrical appliances are checked for safety. Not everyone can conduct these safety tests- … Continue reading

PAT Testing & Equipment Classification

When PAT Testing portable appliances, it is essential for the person undertaking the inspections & testing to determine the correct equipment classification.This is paramount, because a specific test sequence exist for each class of equipment.

How to PAT Test a Kettle

So, you’re wondering how to PAT Test (portable appliance testing) a kettle? We’ve written down the basic steps required to a successfully PAT test a small portable appliance like a kettle. Before performing any type of inspection and testing, it’s important … 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

What is PAT Testing?

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, … 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

PAT Testing in Ireland

The regulations surrounding the in-service inspection & testing of Portable Equipment can be found in the Safety , Health & Welfare at Work ( General Application) regulations 2007. Section 81: Portable Equipment states “An employer shall ensure, where appropriate, that … Continue reading

Seaward Apollo Series Comparison

In this article, we’ll discuss the expertise and technical prowess that Seaward has in the field of electrical test devices – with the focus primarily on its Portable Appliance Testers (PAT Testers): Apollo 400, Apollo 500 and Apollo 600. These … Continue reading

Which PAT Tester Would Suit My Requirements?

Selecting the right PAT testing equipment is no longer that simple, given the different choices and budgets one needs to strictly adhere to. While manual test equipment are still very much in use, technological advancements have now made it possible … Continue reading

What Should I do if an Appliance Fails a PAT Test?

PAT testing process and procedures tend to vary based on the electric hazards workers are likely to face at the work environment. Our customers at Powerpoint Engineering regularly pose questions regarding what happens if an item fails a PAT Test and if … Continue reading

What is PAT Testing?

Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Regulation’s S.I NO.299 of 2007 it is now a requirement under Irish law that all businesses’ must carry out PAT Testing on all portable appliances to ensure the welfare and safety of … Continue reading

The new Seaward Apollo 400

Our large product range had been extended recently with the arrival of all new Seaward Apollo 400 Recordable PAT Tester. The new instrument shares some common characteristics with the older models – Apollo 500 and Apollo 600. The devices share … Continue reading

Data Centres Ireland, RDS, Dublin – 10th & 11th November – Visit us at Stand 215

Data Centres Ireland Exhibition covers all aspects of planning, designing and operating your datacentre, storage facility, server room or solution. Powerpoint Engineering is delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting at DataCentres Ireland 2015. The event will take place in Dublins RDS … Continue reading

Equipment Safety Management Seminar 24th September 2015

PAT Testers, PAT Training & PAT Testing Accessories in Ireland, a division of Powerpoint Engineering Ltd, is all too delighted to announce that we will be exhibiting our PAT Testing Equipment, Electrical safety products and services at an upcoming IOSH seminar. The IOSH Healthcare Specialist Section are hosting an … Continue reading

The Launch of Megger PAT100 series

The PAT100 series is easy to handle and provides a reliable, safe and convenient way to test domestic appliances in all sorts of environments like offices, shops and business units. It is perfectly suited for busy environments as the test … Continue reading

Day One at the National Ploughing Championships in Laois

We’re inviting everybody to visit us in the Laois Stand. We are beside the National Ploughing Championship HQ in tent number 349-351. Our team will be demonstrating a variety of our PAT Testers together with giving out information on 1 … Continue reading

Facilities Management Ireland Exhibition, 5-6 March 2014 – RDS, Dublin

Powerpoint Engineering Ltd will be attending the Facilities Management Ireland Exhibition in the RDS, Dublin on March 5th and 6th. Visit us at Stand D1. FM Ireland is the country’s largest event of its kind, focusing on the various products, … Continue reading

Like our Facebook Page and enter our Competition to Win an Apple TV!

Competition – Win an Apple TV Simply “Like” our Facebook Page and enter our draw for a chance to win an Apple TV! Check out our Facebook page at Apple TV with 1080p HD gives you access to the best content … Continue reading

Seawards New Apollo 600 is now available from

New for 2013 from Seaward, the Apollo 600 PAT tester is an intuitive device that brings new, useful features to the PAT testing and safety management fields. With built-in risk assessment tools for any work place hazard and a number … Continue reading

Electrical Safety Seminar – Electrical Appreciation and PAT Testing organised by IOSH Ireland Branch

An Electrical Safety Seminar, organised by IOSH Ireland Branch, was held at the Greenhill’s Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick on Tuesday, February 12th. Robert Vaughan and Garrett Kelly from Powerpoint Engineering Ltd were invited to attend and give their respective presentations … Continue reading

SEAWARD APOLLO 600 … Coming Soon!

The Apollo 600 brings a new age in risk based Portable Appliance Testing and Health & Safety Management. With built in risk assessment tools for any work place hazard and a selection of testing and inspection reports including Portable Appliance … Continue reading

Portable Appliance Testing Guidelines for Hotels

We’ve broken down the most current Portable Appliance Testing Guidelines for Hotels in Ireland, taking into account all relevant types of portable equipment used in the hotel industry…

Seaward 30th PAT Celebration – Special PAT Kit Offers

For a limited period only, the Seaward PAT Celebration will give away free PAT accessories with the Seaward Europa Plus and Seaward Supernova Elite PAT testers. These special celebration kits include:

Megger PAT420 Business in a Box Review

So, you’re an electrical contractor, looking to diversify into PAT Testing? The Megger PAT420 Business in a Box includes everything you’ll need. Along with helping you organise your customer database, managing appointments and billing, the Megger PAT420 BIAB also offers … Continue reading

Fluke 6500 PAT Tester Review

The Fluke 6500 PAT Tester is the ideal portable appliance tester for fast, hassle-free PAT testing. We really like of the Fluke 6500’s accuracy and easy-to-use features. The Fluke 6500 is reliable, durable and versatile.  It not only performs basic … Continue reading

Why should I PAT Test?

Why should you carry out PAT Testing? In short, because the law requires it. Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work -General Application-Regulations SI 299,2007 it is a legal necessity to PAT Test. This obligaton rests solely with the … Continue reading

PAT Testing Legislation in Ireland

Learn more about Irish Law and PAT Testing. The Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Application) Regulation’s S.I NO.299 of 2007 means that there is a requirement under Irish law that all businesses carry out PAT Testing on all … Continue reading

Seaward Primetest 250 PAT Tester – Value for money…

We really like the Seaward Primetest 250 PAT Tester, and here’s why… The Seaward Primetest 250 Pat Tester is economically priced The Seaward Primetest 250 Pat Tester performs all the tests required to meet the IEE Code of Practice The Seaward Primetest 250 Pat … Continue reading

Top 4 PAT Testing Questions

1. What items need to be PAT tested? As a rule of thumb, any electrical item that is fitted with a plug requires PAT testing. Here are a few examples of portable appliances: computers and their accessories photocopiers & printers … 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

What qualification is required to be a PAT Tester?

The law states that anyone who want 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?

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

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