Why Pat Testing ?

Why pat testing?


Around 2000 reported workplace fires a year are caused by faulty electrical appliances, as are a high proportion of electrical related workplace accidents. Such accidents can arise from cut or frayed leads, badly wired plugs, and damaged appliances.


Legislation requires employers to control risks arising from the use of electricity including portable appliances. Due to the serious consequences of electrical accidents, proactive maintenance systems should be in place rather than reactive systems that only require action to be taken after an accident. Records of electrical equipment should be maintained with
evidence of the inspection and testing programme.


There is a statutory requirement of employers to ensure that any electrical equipment they provide is safe and that their employees and customers will not suffer harm from its use.Independent Portable appliance Testing (PAT) providing documentary evidence is the best way to fulfil this requirement.

How we Test your appliances

We start with a visual inspection checking for damaged cables damaged plugs and equipment (overheating, burn marks, discolouration, loose pins). Plugs are physically checked to ensure they are wired correctly, that an adequate chord restraint is provided within the plug and the appropriate fuse rating is fitted for the appliance. The engineer will also check the appliance and power cable for any signs of damage


A series of appliance electrical tests are then conducted (depending on the equipment class) for:

  • Earth continuity
  • Earth leakage
  • Insulation resistance
  • Polarity and continuity

The results of these tests will establish the status of the equipment which will be recorded in the test log records and the equipment labelled accordingly. Any failed equipment will immediately be notified to the customer contact.

For all your PAT testing needs...

Contact us today for a quote on 07944 300978 or use our contact form.