What is Portable Appliance Testing?
PAT for short is regular testing and inspection of portable electrical
Why do we have to have it?
The testing and inspection of such equipment allows businesses to meet legal requirements under the Health and Safety at Work act of 1974. Electricity at Work 1989 and the provision and use of work equipment regulations 1992.
Most Insurance companies and fire services require companies to
have regular PAT inspection before safety certificates and or policies
are used also most council run venues insist on having your electrical
items pat tesed.
Every working day in Great Britain at least one person is killed and over 600 are injured at work.
It is your responsibility as an employer to look after the Health and Safety of your staff.
What is inspected?
All electrical equipment connected to fixed wiring of an installation as well as any portable appliances such as hand held drills, toasters, lamps, kettles etc.
Most work places require an annual inspection, although some construction sites or public venues will require a more frequent inspection.
You should treat PAT testing as you would the MOT of your car - you wouldn't drive around in a car that wasn't safe - so why risk yours and your employees lives working in premises where the electrics could be unsafe.