PAT Testing

What Is PAT Testing & Do We Need To PAT Test?

PAT testing or Portable Appliance Testing is a specialised process of testing all portable, electrical appliances to ensure they are safe. Typically it is a routine procedure for people who work with electrical appliances, or have them in a working environment.

Pat testing or portable appliance testing is an important part of any health & safety policy. The Health & Safety Executive states that around 1,000 electrical accidents are reported each year and about 25 people die of their injuries.

The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations and take reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of such equipment.

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How Do We Carry Out PAT Testing?

LBS will complete a full PAT test in your office, warehouse, retail unit or work space. We also regularly complete PAT testing and safety inspections in schools, hospitals and shops. PAT tests of homes can also be carried out for landlords and homeowners who want peace of mind. Without passing the initial visual inspection, no appliance can be passed as safe. The visual inspection process is:

1. check plug casings for damage
2. removal of the plug cover
3. check correct fuse rating
4. check correct wiring
5. check terminals and connections are secure
6. check there is minimal bare wire
7. check for signs of overheating discoloration
8. check for misuse/ingress of liquids or foreign matter
9. check cable/cord grips