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
- heaters, hairdryers & fans
- televisions & DVD players
- food mixers, kettles, fridge/freezers
- drills, work tools & extension leads
2. Who is qualified to carry out PAT testing?
The IEE Code of Practice states that those carrying out inspection and testing must be competent to undertake the inspection and where appropriate, testing of electrical equipment and appliances. These competent individuals should have due regard to their own safety and that of others.
It is generally recommended that any person undertaking the task of testing and inspecting of portable appliance, must have completed a PAT Testing training course. PAT Training courses generally cover key areas such as equipment classification, determination of test frequency and familiarity with test equipment.
3. Does my equipment need to be PAT tested?
Yes. Portable Appliance Testing ensures that you comply with your legal obligations. PAT Testing is a convenient and complete method of testing electrical appliances to ensure that their safety, along with a correct maintenance schedule and stored test results.
4. How often should my equipment be PAT tested?
PAT testing is normally executed on an annual basis along with strict record keeping.
If you are interested in attending a PAT Test Course to learn from an expert on a one-to-one level, take a look at our PAT training courses. PAT Test Courses can be carried out the comfort of your office, or at our premises. Courses can be booked as group booking or individual sessions.
Take a look at our range of PAT Testers from leading manufacturers Megger, Seaward and Fluke.