Portable Appliance Testing


Who needs PAT Testing?

PAT Testing is required by all employers and anywhere that involves the public. Rented properties, shops, offices, hotels, bed & breakfast’s, pubs, restaurants, garages, construction sites, schools. Basically everywhere except your own home.
The reason for PAT testing is quite simple it’s the best way to prove equipment is safe to use and fit for its purpose. With records kept so in the unfortunate case of an accident or fire, insurance companies have no excuse but to support any claim.

Equipment that needs testing.

All types of electrical equipment need to be tested.

Portable appliances

A portable appliance is an appliance of not more than 18kg in mass that is intended to be moved while in operation or an appliance that can be moved from one place to another. For example: a kettle, a toaster, food mixer etc,


Movable equipment

An item of movable equipment is equipment that is 18kg or less in mass and not fixed or equipment with wheels, castors or other means to facilitate movement by the operator as required to perform its intended use. For example: air conditioner, electric compressor, pressure washer etc.


Hand-held appliances or equipment

A hand-held appliance or equipment is portable equipment intended to be held in the hand during normal use. For example: An Iron, hair dryer, angle grinder, power drill, hedge cutter etc.


Stationary equipment or appliances

An item of stationary equipment or stationary appliance is equipment that has a mass greater than 18kg and is not provided with a carrying handle. For example: A washing machine, fridge, games machine, vending machine etc.


Fixed equipment or appliances

An item of fixed equipment or a fixed appliance is equipment that is fastened to a support or secured in a specified location. And usually wired into the electrical installation and does not have a plug.
For example: A hand dryer, bathroom heater, electric towel rail, air conditioning unit etc,


Information technology equipment

Information technology equipment includes electrical business equipment such as computers, printers, photocopiers, data terminal equipment, telephones, laptop chargers, phone chargers etc,


Extension leads, Multi-way adapters and RCD adapters

An extension lead is necessary where an item of equipment needs to be supplied but a convenient socket-outlet is not available. A Multi-way adapter is used where there are not sufficient socket-outlets available. An RCD adapter is used on an extension lead or multi-way adapter to protect persons using portable equipment particularly when equipment is being used outdoors. See example pictures:


Tests carried out.

The tests to be carried out on electrical equipment are as follows:

  • Visual Inspection
  • Earth Continuity Test
  • Insulation Resistance Test
  • Touch Current Test
  • Load Test
  • RCD Tests (where applicable)
  • Functional Tests

All these tests are only to be carried out by a person that is qualified to do so. This is because different tests and test voltages apply to different types of equipment so to prevent damage to any equipment and also to prevent danger to others.

Frequency of inspection.

The table below is the recommended frequency of inspection for a continuous safe environment for all.

Construction sites 110v equipment 3 Months 12 Months 12 Months 12 Months 12 Months
Industrial inc commercial kitchens 12 Months 12 Months 12 Months 6 Months 6 Months
Equipment used by the public 12 Months 12 Months 6 Months 6 Months 6 Months
Schools 12 Months 12 Months 12 Months 12 Months 12 Months
Hotels 12 Months 12 Months 12 Months 12 Months 12 Months
Offices and shops 12 Months 12 Months 12 Months 12 Months 12 Months


Stationary equipment Information Technology Equipment Movable Equipment Portable Equipment Hand-Held Equipment

This can be checked now by looking for the last test date and the next test due date on the safety sticker on your appliances.(see Example below)


If your appliances do not have a PASSED safety sticker they may be unsafe to use.

Pat Testing and the Law.

The legislation states, Electrical equipment is required to be properly maintained so as to prevent danger.
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, puts a duty of care upon both employer and employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises, this includes the self employed.

The provision and use of work equipment regulations 1998 state ; every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided.
The electricity at work regulations 1989 apply to all electrical equipment used in, or associated with, places of work. And it states:
As May Be Necessary To Prevent Danger All Systems Shall Be Maintained So As To Prevent, So Far As Is Reasonably Practicable, Such Danger.
This is why Portable Appliance Testing was invented. It is the quickest cheapest and most of all the best way to make sure every one is kept safe not only in the workplace but also as we go about our day to day lives.

Costs Involved.

0 -10 Items
11 -100 Items
101 – 200 Items
201 – 500 Items
501 < Items
All costs are + VAT

£25 minimum charge
£2.00 per item
£1.75 per item
£1.50 per item
£1.25 per item

We will beat most other quotations given.
Call today for your free quote.
Please call for your free quotation or alternatively you can e-mail and we will contact you at a time to suit you.

Why Choose us?

All of our operatives are fully qualified Approved Electricians to the 17th edition BS7671 Regulations, holding the:-
City and Guilds 2391-01
Testing and Certification of Electrical Installations.
City and Guilds 2377-12
In service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.

And all hold an up to date CSCS health and safety certificate.
This enables us to test all necessary appliances including fixed equipment, which most PAT testers cannot.

Every customer will receive a computer generated certificate on completion.
All records will be kept in digital format until the next test.
Lost Certificates can be reproduced at any time FREE of charge.
Qualification Certificates can be copied and produced upon request for any reason such as requested by insurance company.