Welcome to PAT Testing Northampton where our specialist team of Portable appliance testing experts are on standby to visit your premises without any disruption caused and ensure that all of the portable appliances in your house are certified as safe. (PAT) refers to the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure their safety. The majority of electrical safety defects can be detected visually, but some types of defects can only be detected through testing.
Why is PAT Testing Required?
PAT testing legislation requires all landlords, employers, and even self-employed individuals to ensure that their portable electrical appliances are safe, suitable, and used for the intended purposes. PAT testing is performed to ensure that all electrical equipment classified as "portable" is safe to use.
When should PAT Testing be done?
Although there are no requirements for the frequency of PAT testing, there are some suggestions: Class 1 equipment, including stationary and IT equipment, should be tested every 48 months in offices, shops, and hotels. Every 24 months, moveable equipment such as extension cords and portable equipment should be tested.
What items require PAT Testing?
Basically, if you have an appliance with a plug that is meant to be connected to a wall socket or generator, it must be PAT tested. Items such as electric drills, monitors, printers, PCs, kettles, and larger items such as photocopiers, vending machines, and others fall into this category.
Does Pat Testing need to be done by an Electrician?
Did you know that you don't have to be an electrician to perform a PAT test? Anyone can inspect electrical appliances for safety as long as they are deemed competent to do so.
What is Portable Appliance Testing?
Portable Appliance Testing (abbreviated "PAT", "PAT Inspection", or (redundantly) "PAT Testing") refers to the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure their safety. The process is formally known as "in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment." The majority of electrical safety defects can be detected visually, but some types of defects can only be detected through testing. However, it is critical to recognise that visual examination is an important part of the process because some types of electrical safety defects cannot be detected solely through testing.