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What is PAT Testing?

Portable Appliance Testing is a set of inspections and a routine of tests performed on workplace electrical equipment to ensure the safety of the user.

All PAT Testing is carried out by experienced engineers, in line with a strict set of guidelines laid out in the IEE Code of Practice for In-service Inspection of Electrical Equipment.

Why Do I need PAT Testing?

Consider PAT Testing as the equivalent of an annual gas safety check, but for the electrical equipment in your workplace. Whether its computer equipment in your office, tools within your workshop or factory, right down to the kitchen kettle, it’s not just important, but a legal requirement that we ensure they are safe for our staff and visitors to use.

Under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, employers have a duty to ensure that the electrical equipment they provide is safe and being used for the purpose it is designed.

Portable appliances can be extremely dangerous if left unchecked and the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) report that faulty portable appliances are responsible for 25% of all reported electrical accidents.

What Does The Testing Cover?

Our engineers test a wide range of electrical equipment for businesses to help minimise the risk of accidents caused by the use of faulty appliances and extension leads.

The inspection and testing (PAT Testing) process includes:

  • Visual Inspections
  • Checks for damaged flexes and plugs
  • Inspection for correct wiring of appliances
  • Earth continuity tests
  • Earth leakage tests
  • Polarity tests
  • Insulation resistance tests
  • Recording appliance details and test results
  • Affixing a durable barcoded PAT Testing label

How can ESI Electrical Safety Inspections help me with my PAT Testing inspection?

There are complex regulations on testing, site tools and workshop equipment require regular tests due to the environment in which they are used, whilst most offices and factories tend to have their equipment tested once a year.

ESI Engineers are equipped to carry out electrical checks on all standard 240v equipment, 110v site tools, and 3-Phase (415v) machinery and hard-wired appliances like heaters and hand driers. All of our PAT Testing Engineers are qualified electricians, time served and City & Guilds Qualified to the latest standards.

Strict guidelines on testing intervals, test procedures and requirements of inspecting engineers are laid down in the IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (4th Edition). Our engineers are qualified and conversant with the regulations, to give you the best advice.

Since 2001, ESI Electrical Safety Inspections have carried out over a million appliance
safety checks across the South East, with our team of experts you are in safe hands.

Speak with one of our team today for advice on how we can set up and run your workplace electrical safety programme, ensuring your business is kept safe and compliant.