Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Portable Appliance?

Portable equipment intended to be moved from one location to another while in operation, or which can easily be moved whilst connected to a supply. The movement may be facilitated by wheels, castors or skids, or any other manor by the operator as required to perform its function.

In other words if it has a flexible lead and is not permanently fixed in a place can be moved or carried by two men, then it is a portable appliance.

What is Portable Appliance Testing?

The ‘Inspection and Testing of In-Service Electrical equipment’ (usually referred to as Portable appliance testing or PAT), was introduced to enable companies & organisations to comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations. To meet these regulations it is necessary to have in place a program of inspection and electrical safety testing of portable appliances. Other legislation of specific relevance to electrical maintenance – The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Do I need my portable electrical appliances tested?

To comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations, Health and Safety at Work Regulations and your Fire Risk Assessment all portable electrical appliances should be routinely inspected and tested. The regulations apply equally to small companies and the self employed as to the larger organisations.

What electrical equipment needs to be tested?

The regulations cover all items of in-service electrical equipment, this includes all movable items connected to the mains supply by BS1363 plugs, BS EN60309-2 industrial plugs or hard wired via a fused connection unit. In addition to being responsible for the safety of their own portable appliances, companies are also responsible for the safety of electrical equipment brought on site by employees and contractors.

How often does it need testing?

The requirements are based on principles of risk assessment and reasonable practicability. The frequency of inspection and testing according to HSE guidance notes advise us of regular testing, these were generally interpreted as an annual requirement. However circumstances and conditions of use will vary.

MJ Pat Services can help you develop an inspection and testing schedule.

What do the tests entail?

The testing consists of two separate activities: A visual inspection to check for damage and poor electrical standards and then a series of instrument tests to check for less obvious electrical faults.

What Qualifications do you have?

All of our testers are qualified to City & Guilds 2377-002 and are experienced in all aspects of PAT Testing.

How can we help?

We can ensure that all of your portable electrical appliances are tested to comply with the current safety regulations. If you require more information please do not hesitate to contact us.

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