Sometimes we get so caught up in the technical details in the trades, we forget the basics.
This articles aims to answer some frequently asked questions about PAT testing.
Whether you are a consumer, a trainee or a competent person, these are the things you should know…
What does PAT testing stand for?
Portable Appliance Testing.
What is PAT testing?
It is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use.
How do I PAT test?
Only a trained expert (competent person) should carry out a full PAT test but a brief user check can be useful for maintaining your appliances.
Electrical safety defects can often be found with a visual examination, so this is still important to do.
Some defects can only be found by testing.
Both processes are important, however, as testing sometimes won’t pick up issues, same as a visual examination won’t.
What needs PAT testing?
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 requires that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition.
The regulations don’t tell you what needs to be done, by whom or how frequently. It is not, therefore, a legal requirement.
PAT testing appliances in the workplace is strongly advised to make sure they are not a risk to employees or customers.
Injuries caused by faulty electrical equipment will ultimately be the fault of the business and could lead to prosecution.
Who can PAT test?
A competent person is required to carry out the testing.
A competent member of staff (with enough knowledge and training) can carry out visual inspections.
For combined inspection and testing, a professional electrician or a domestic electrician will be required.
They will require the correct equipment, the ability to use the equipment and the ability to understand the test results.