What is Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Testing)?
The ‘Inspection and Testing of In-Service Electrical equipment’ (usually referred to as Portable appliance testing or PAT testing) was introduced to enable companies and organisations to comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations. To meet these regulations it is necessary to have in place a programme of inspection and electrical safety testing of portable appliances. Other legislation of specific relevance to electrical maintenance: The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
What does Portable Appliance Testing Cost?
- 1 – 75 items £100 minimum charge
- 76 – 2000 items £0.75p per item & £20.00 attendance fee
- Microwave Leak Detection Test – £4.00
- Plug top replacement – £4.00
- Plug top fuse replacement – £1.00
Do I need my portable appliances tested?
To comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations all portable electrical appliances should be routinely inspected and tested by a competent person. The regulations apply equally to small companies and the self-employed as well as to larger organisations.
What electrical equipment needs to be tested?
Electrical safety obligations are not limited to businesses, of course. Landlords are also responsible for ensuring the regular testing of all appliances they provide for their tenants. All portable appliances with a mains plug need testing. This includes:
- Computers, monitors and peripherals requiring mains power
- Audio and telephone equipment requiring mains power
- Kettles, microwave ovens and other kitchen appliances
- Vacuum cleaners
- Extension leads
What do the tests entail?
The testing consists of two separate activities: A visual inspection to check for damage and poor electrical standards; and a series of instrument tests to check for less obvious electrical faults.
How can we help?
We can ensure that your organisation complies with the safety regulations. If you require more information please do not hesitate to contact us.
Each year about 1,000 accidents at work involving electric shock or burns are reported to the Health Safety Executive (HSE). Around 30 of these are fatal!
Microwave leakage testing
We can also provide microwave leakage testing to our PAT testing service. We use the latest equipment to check that the microwave leakage is within the legal limits.