A Portable Appliance Test (PAT) is a thorough examination to determine the safety of every electrical appliance on-site or in a rented property.
A PAT inspection test covers all portable appliances in a property or on a construction site that connect to a mains electrical supply, such as refrigerators, electric cookers, kettles, toasters, TVs, drills, hair dryers etc., anything in fact that plugs in!
What Is the Purpose of PAT Testing?
The purpose is SAFETY! A PAT test protects the user (in the workplace or on the rented property) from an electrical shock that could prove fatal. If your portable appliances haven’t been tested, insurance will probably reject your claim in the event of an accident. Which may hold the landlord or site management legally liable for compensation and or be charged with criminal negligence.
Once the PAT test has been completed you will receive a report detailing the appliances and their condition. Any appliance needing to be repaired or replaced will be shown in the report along with those that have passed or failed.
After testing, a sticker will be placed on each appliance showing the test date and the date when the next test is due. It’s recommended to perform a PAT test after every 48 months and every 24 months for portable equipment and extension leads.