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PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING (PAT)

WHAT IS PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING?

Portable appliance testing (commonly known as “PAT“, “PAT Inspection” or (redundantly) as “PAT testing”) is the name of a process, by which electrical appliances are routinely checked for safety. Testing involves a visual inspection of the equipment and any flexible cables for good condition, and also where required, verification of earthing (grounding) continuity, and a test of the soundness of insulation between the current carrying parts, and any exposed metal that may be touched. The formal limits for pass/fail of these electrical tests vary somewhat depending on the category of equipment being tested.

BRITISH LAW

WHAT DOES THE LAW SAY?

British law (the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989) requires that all electrical systems (including electrical appliances) are maintained (so far as is reasonably practicable) to prevent danger. Guidance from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET, published under the IEE brand) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that a competent person must inspect the installation regularly in any public building or a place that people work. They suggest initial intervals for combined inspection and testing that range from three months (for construction equipment) to one year, and in many cases, longer periods for re-testing (certain types of appliance in schools, hotels, offices and shops).

This can be done by hiring an external company to test all the electrical products in a business (someone who has had some PAT training, either by an official qualification or by attending a health and safety course offered by some electrical health and safety companies)

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Berkshire Printers & Cartridges Ltd.

225 Caversham Road
Reading
Berkshire
RG1 8BB

01189 599 000
bpc@a2zofficeneeds.co.uk