Portable Appliance Testing (commonly known as PAT or PAT Inspection or PAT Testing) is a process in the UK by which electrical appliances are routinely checked for safety by a qualified electrician. The correct term for the whole process is In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.
PAT testing has become a core part of Health and Safety requirements for all employers and landlords in London. Designed to protect employees as well as tenants, the regulations state that portable appliances must be certified as electrically safe. Portable appliances are defined as any electrical items that can be plugged into the mains, for example, kettles, lamps, microwaves, TV etc.
Under the new PAT testing regulations, many types of portable electrical items require a test at regular intervals to ensure their continual safety. The actual interval between each test depends on both the type of appliance and the environment it is used in, but is usually once a year.
Evidence of PAT testing is clearly visible to all users in the form of ‘Passed’, ‘Tested for Electrical Safety’ and ‘DO NOT USE after’ labels which are affixed by the electrician carrying out the test to various parts of the electrical equipment.
PAT testing is just one of the electrical testing services available from Green Electrical & Maintenance Services in the London area; we also offer PIRs for fixed installations and wiring in rental properties.
If you are an employer or a landlord based in London we can help ensure that your appliances meet your legal obligations. Give us a call today on 0208 226 4778 to find out more about our PAT testing service.