What is Portable Appliance Testing?


Portable Appliance testing (PAT) is an important part of a companies or individualís responsibility to health and safety. This is done using a series of specialised testing procedures on your portable appliances


We will start with a thorough visual inspection checking for damaged flexes, plugs or equipment (overheating, burn marks or discolouration), correctly wired plugs and the appropriate fuse rating.     


Then a series of tests (depending on the class of equipment), these may include, earth continuity test, insulation resistance, polarity tests and earth leakage test.


Is it a legal requirement?


The legislation of specific relevance to electrical maintenance is the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, Provision and use of the Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999.


In the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 all employers have a legal duty to provide safe plant and equipment and every employer must ensure that equipment is maintained in a safe state, in efficient working order and good repair.


What is classed as a portable appliance?


Portable appliance is any equipment that is powered between 40 and 240 vaults and can be connected to the electrical mains through a plug (usually 13amps).


Does PAT Testing affect my insurance cover?


Insurance companies assume that when given insurance cover to a business the owners of that business are complying with all regulations necessary. Your insurers may reduce, delay or even refuse to pay on a claim for damage if an appliance that has not been tested has caused the damage.


How much does PAT Testing cost?


The cost of this service is dependant on the number of items tested. Unlike our competitors all our quotations are inclusive of travel, replacement fuses, plug tops and certification.


For a free no obligation quotation, please contact us on 0131 476 7007