Portable Appliance Testing

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Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Testing)

Why should I PAT Test

PAT testing is an important duty in any environment where people work or visit. The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations and take reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from using electrical equipment. This requires the implementation of a systematic and regular program of maintenance, inspection and testing. The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) places such an obligation in the following circumstances;

1. Where appliances are used by employees.

2. Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc.

3. Where appliances are supplied or hired.

4. Where appliances are repaired or serviced

The IET publish a Code of Practice which forms the guidances of PAT testing Best Practice.

It is therefore imperative that you have a regular and recordable PAT testing routine whether you do it yourself or use a reputable Electrical Contractor, to ensure you comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations or indeed the Health and Safety at Work Act. 


CPJ_Electrics can provide a PAT testing schedule service to you. Our customers include hair salons, bowling clubs, Scout groups & university students.

Who is responsible for PAT testing?

Regulation 3 of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states:

“It shall be the duty of every employer and self employed person to comply with the provisions of the Regulations in as far as they relate to matters which are within his control.

It shall be the duty of every employee while at work:

(a) to co-operate with his employer so far as is necessary to enable and duty placed on that employer by the provision of the Regulations to be complied with:
(b) comply with the provision of these regulations in so far as they relate to matters which are within his control.”

The buck stops at the employer, but it is the responsibility of everyone at work to ensure the electrical safety of equipment. If it is found to be unsafe it is every employee’s responsibility to inform the relevant personnel within the organisation.

Where can I find general information about PAT testing ?

Further information at PAT testing information

Updated information from HSE 

The health and safety council has recently issued revised guidance for portable appliance testing in low risk areas. Please see http://www.hse.gov.uk/electricity/faq-portable-appliance-testing.htm for further details