Portable appliance testing is a service that many people will need to invest in as part of their workplace health and safety schedule. Portable appliance testing tends to be referred to in short as PAT testing and this test ensures that small portable appliances are fully operational and are safe to use.
By investing in PAT testing employers can ensure the safety of their staff as this is one of their many responsibilities whilst employees are within the workplace. Other people who may invest in portable appliance testing are landlords, universities who offer halls of residence with small portable appliances and home owners who want to ensure their own safety. Within the electricity at work act it states that it is legal requirement for employers to maintain their electrical systems and equipment at work for the safety of their employees and portable appliance testing will do this.
Government guidelines for PAT state that PAT testing is the safest way to ensure portable appliances are safe and in full working order although portable appliance testing is not a legal requirement. During PAT testing the casing and flex of the appliance will be inspected and the plug will also be inspected for damage, correct wiring and to check the correct fuse is being used. After the visual part of portable appliance testing has been carried out a series of electrical tests will then be conducted using a PAT testing device. After all parts of the portable appliance testing have been carried out a label will then be attached to each appliance showing the results of the test. If an item has failed the label will clearly indicate this and it should be removed from use until it is repaired.
The PAT testing engineer will provide customers with a detailed report after all portable appliance testing has been completed. This will show all the test results along with an appliance register and a certificate to prove that PAT testing has been carried out.