PATTA – the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association – explains that electrical appliances are built to strict standards, which include being safe for use. However, over time, appliances can deteriorate to the point that they become a fire risk or risk giving an electric shock.

PAT testing is part of a system of preventative maintenance where these faults are found and rectified.

PAT is also a regular stipulations of business insurance policies; if there was a fire for example, the insurance investigators want to see that regular PAT testing has taken place to ensure that the workplace directors/owners have done enough to ensure that appliance was safe for continued use. Some insurance companies take this into account when deciding whether to settle a claim or not.

There are also a number of Health and Safety regulations that recommend electrical appliances are managed in a way to prevent danger to users.

These place a duty of care on employers and employees to ensure the safety of everyone in their workplace.

Read more at patta.co.uk

Our 5-step PAT testing process

  1. Visual Inspection of appliance, flex and plug top.
  2. Open each plug top, inspect fuse, and connections,
    tighten wire connections.
  3. Electrical tests to ensure the appliance is properly
    earthed (Earth Continuity, Class 1), and insulated,
    (Insulation Resistance Test, Class 1 and 2 appliances)
  4. Labelling – A label is attached to the appliance
    indicating a PASS/FAIL along with test date, retest date, and appliance ID number
  5. Records – A detailed record is given for each appliance
    as well as an inventory number. Generally sent in
    electronic format (hard copy available on request)