PAT – Portable appliance testing FAQs
What is portable appliance testing?
A relatively brief user check (based upon simple training and perhaps assisted by the use of a brief checklist) can be a very useful part of any electrical maintenance regime. However, more formal visual inspection and testing by a competent person may also be required at appropriate intervals, depending upon the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used
I've been told that, by law, I must have my portable electrical appliances tested every year. Is this correct?
How frequently do I need to test my electrical appliances?
The frequency of inspection and testing depends upon the type of equipment and the environment it is used in. For example, a power tool used on a construction site should be examined more frequently than a lamp in a hotel bedroom. For guidance on suggested frequencies of inspection and testing, see: Maintaining portable and transportable electrical equipment.
Do I need to keep records of testing and should I label any appliances tested?
Do I need to test new equipment?
I have been told that I have to get an electrician to do portable appliance testing work. Is that correct?
• The right equipment to do the tests
• The ability to use this test equipment properly
• The ability to properly understand the test results