FAQ's - P.A.T. Testing



What does Pat Testing mean?.....

Portable appliance testing (commonly known as "PAT", "PAT inspection" or (redundantly) as "PAT testing") is the name of a process in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand and Australia by which electrical appliances are routinely checked for safety.

What is the legal requirement for PAT testing?.....

Claims that PAT testing is required by law and that the client is breaking the law by not having it done are simply not true. The law does require however that employers, including self-employed, ensure that all electrical equipment that they provide in their business is safe and properly maintained.

How often should pat testing be done?.....

Although there are no requirements for PAT testing frequency, there are recommendations: Moveable equipment such as extension leads and portable equipment should be tested every 24 months.

Can an electrician Pat test?.....

You do not need a qualified electrician to carry out your PAT Testing, you do however need a competent person who understands how to carry out a full visual inspection and PAT Test. It isn't difficult to do. With the correct instruction or training, and using a simple machine, you can easily do it yourself.

Do you have to pat test new items?.....

As the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) says: “New equipment should be supplied in a safe condition and not require a formal portable appliance inspection or test. However, a simple visual check is recommended to verify the item is not damaged.” Of course, this depends entirely on your discretion.

How much does PAT testing cost?.....

A qualified PAT tester charges on average £1-£2 per item, however this is often discounted for larger quantities. A minimum fee will often apply in order for the PAT tester to cover their costs.

What is the purpose of PAT testing?.....

Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing.

Can you do your own PAT testing?.....

Yes, your business can carry out its own PAT tests, as long as the person doing the testing is a 'competent' person. ... You will also need to invest in some PAT testing equipment.

Do you need a certificate for PAT testing?.....

Qualifications for PAT Testing. Legally, in order to adhere to these regulations the person carrying out the PAT testing must have adequate training in how the process is carried out. Technically anyone can carry out PAT testing, but they must have the necessary training to deem them suitable for carrying out the work.

What items need PAT testing?.....

In other words, if you have an appliance that has a plug that is intended to be connected to a wall socket or generator, it qualifies as needing to be PAT tested.

SOURCED FROM GOOGLE FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE by Keren Morrall


  • Facebook Clean
  • Twitter Clean
  • White Instagram Icon
  • White YouTube Icon

© 2018 by Forever British Country. Proudly created with Wix.com

foreverbritishcountry@gmail.com