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Portable Appliance Test (PAT)
A PAT test is the term used to mean the In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment. This service will provide a visual inspection and test for each piece of electrical equipment to ensure no danger is present and maintain the appliance in a way to prevent danger.
Each appliance, whether hand held or simply moved around, is a stand-alone unit connected to the electrical installation by a plug and flexible lead. Therefore the appliance may present a risk, independent from the electrical installation used in the building (electrical condition report).

Why have a portable appliance tested?
To implement regulations set out in the following;

  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
  • As part of a maintenance programme.
  • As part of a health and safety policy which may include the Approved Code 0f Practice and guidance document to the Provision and Use of Work Equipment 1998.
  • Satisfy landlords and letting agents that the appliances do not present a risk to property or life.


Who may need a portable appliance tested?

  • Landlords who provide properties with electrical appliances.
  • Health & Safety managers.
  • Employers; where portable appliances are part of the business.
  • Individuals who experience problems with unreliable appliances and tripping of circuit breakers or fuses.




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