PAT – Portable Appliance Testing on all electrical equipment is vital for employers to comply with work equipment regulations. These regulations are in place to ensure equipment used within the working environment is regularly inspected, maintained and it good working order.
What should be tested?
All electrical equipment that is used in the workplace should be tested – whether you’re on a construction site or in a small office. Everything from construction equipment to computers, fans and heaters to kettles and toasters should be tested in accordance with HSE guidance.
How often should PAT testing be carried out?
The HSE specifies that the frequency of testing depends on the type of equipment. So, construction power tools need to be tested quite frequently, but an office lamp less so. Our recommendations are:
Recommended Test and Inspection Times:
110v Site Equipment – Every 3 months
240v Office Equipment – Annually
PAT testing does not need to be carried out when you have new equipment – a visual check should confirm that the equipment is not damaged. You should remember to incorporate new electrical equipment in your next round of PAT testing
How we can help
Our health and safety consultants use the latest equipment to conduct Portal Appliance Testing. Once an appliance has been tested a label will be fixed to the item displaying the test date. A written report will also be issued, listing the equipment tested, together with the results.
If you would like to talk to us about your PAT testing requirements, please contact our expert consultancy team on 01708 555544.