Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the regular inspection and electrical testing of electrical equipment, leads and plugs to ensure users’ safety.
All electrical appliances classed as portable or transportable, i.e. any equipment that has a flexible cable and/or plug fitted for mains operation, requires a periodic safety check. For example…
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is part of a requirement of the new Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 and OSH Regulations AS/NZS3760/2010 “In-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment” to maintain electrical equipment in a safe condition. This electrical testing is an important part of any Health & Safety Policy.
Who does it affect?
The Electricity (Safety) Regulations 2010 affects many premises such as…
Electrical testing of equipment
All equipment that belongs to these premises should be tested to ensure continued safety of such items. Electrical testing is particularly important if equipment is accessible to the general public, e.g. in hotels or community centres, etc.
Any additional equipment that is brought into such premises (e.g. contractors tools, audio-visual and disco equipment, phone chargers) also be subjected to electrical testing.
What does electrical testing involve?
Correct PAT testing MUST be performed by a competent/trained person and should include the following checks…
The function of such electrical testing is to ensure that any unsafe equipment is removed from service immediately, and ensure that your company, customers and staff are protected from possible electrical hazards.
Note: Special care must be taken when carrying out electrical testing of IT equipment as applying the incorrect test can cause damage to the equipment.
Frequency of electrical testing
The frequency of inspection and electrical testing required can vary depending on several factors, such as…