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PAT Testing (Portable Appliance Testing)

PAT Testing (Portable Appliance Testing)
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Frequently Asked Questions

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Testing) is a process used in the UK to examine and inspect electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. The term 'PAT' stands for 'Portable Appliance Testing’. The process is also known as "In-service Inspection & Testing of Electrical Equipment" as defined by IET/IEE and City and Guilds but more commonly known as PAT Testing.

Our PAT Testing service will give you peace of mind by identifying electrical faults and offering advice to make sure your business avoids dangerous accidents.

PAT testing involves a combination of visual inspections and electronic tests. The visual inspection checks for any visible defects such as damage, loose or exposed wiring, frayed cords, or corrosion. The electronic PAT tests are more in-depth and are conducted using specialist PAT testing equipment. These tests include earth continuity, lead polarity, and insulation resistance checks.

At the end of PAT testing, each appliance should be marked as 'passed' or 'failed'. A detailed record should be kept of the equipment that has been PAT tested, whether it passed or failed, and the date and time of the test.

While PAT testing is not a legal requirement in the UK, the law does require employers to ensure that their electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent danger. PAT testing is one of the most effective ways to meet this legal obligation, particularly in high-risk or large, complex environments.

Business owners without a record of safety measures will be liable in the event of an accident and may fail to claim on their insurance without proof of safe practices. And if legislation regarding electrical safety is not adhered to, businesses can face an unlimited fine or even imprisonment.

While The PAT testing can be conducted by anyone with sufficient knowledge, experience, and training to carry out the task, we would always err on the side of caution and, especially when it comes to electricity, at get an electrical PAT testing expert to undertake this work. We offer flexible times and days when you need your PAT Testing to be carried out.

A record of testing will help with any insurance claims and allow you to avoid nasty fines, so make sure you’re covered with Direct365. Drop us a line on 0330 588 5957 to see how we can help or get a PAT testing date booked in.


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PAT Testing is applicable to a wide range of electrical appliances throughout the workplace from kettles to computers, here is a list of items that all require PAT testing.

1. Portable Appliances: Any appliance that uses a flexible cable or plug and socket qualifies as a portable appliance. Examples include fridges, phone chargers, dishwashers, washing machines, tumble dryers, freezers, lamps, TVs, kettles, and toasters.

2. Fixed Appliances: Fixed appliances, also known as hard-wired appliances, are those that are wired directly into the mains, such as storage heaters or towel racks. These appliances also require PAT testing.

3. Information Technology (IT) Equipment: Office equipment such as computers, printers, and monitors are typically considered to be lower risk. However, they still require PAT testing. The general guideline is to conduct PAT testing every 2 to 4 years for such equipment, although more frequent testing may be required for high-risk environments, so often organisations err on the side of caution and complete a PAT test every 12 months.

4. Handheld Appliances: Handheld appliances also fall under the category of portable appliances and hence require PAT testing. The specific types of handheld appliances that need testing would depend on their usage and the risk associated with them.

5. Extension Leads and Power Strips: Extension leads and power strips also require PAT testing. The testing process for these items is straightforward but requires specific adaptors.

It's important to note that the need for testing can depend on factors such as the category of the appliance, the electrical class of the appliance, the age of the appliance, and how frequently the appliance is used.

The testing should be conducted by a competent person with sufficient knowledge, experience, and training and this is where Direct365 can help by ensuring your compliance and the safety of your staff and customers.

We offer competitive PAT Testing services to keep businesses safe and compliant in the most hassle-free way.

Our professional engineers are fully accredited and will perform a thorough service, with an itemised report and legal certificate to prove your adherence to UK guidelines (no extra cost for your legal paperwork!). We’ll test all your appliances in one easy visit, and you even get minor repairs included for free – because customer care is what we’re all about.

PAT Testing from Direct365 is a safety net of evidence when it comes to legal compliance, so you can feel at ease about all your electrical appliances. For further information, call 0330 588 5957.

All our services are flexible to work around a range of business types. If you have unusual opening hours or limited availability, then just let us know and our technicians will work around your needs!

Our bespoke servicing schedules means your business faces minimal disruption so you can carry on with the day-to-day. Just get in touch to find the perfect time for you.

Our range of cost-effective services are available NATIONWIDE, so you can take advantage of our professional help no matter where you’re based.

We cover the UK by comparing reliable suppliers to find you the best deal at the lowest price. All our technicians are accredited to UK standards, keeping businesses compliant up and down the country. Enquire today to find a service near you.