Frequently Asked Questions


What is portable appliance testing?

The inspection and testing of in-service Electrical Equipment ( Usually referred to as Portable Appliance Testing or PAT ), was introduced to enable companies and organisations to comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations (EAWR) 1989.
The EAWR requires Electrical Systems to be maintained in a condition so as not to cause danger.
Other legislation of specific relevance to Electrical Maintenance – The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992, and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Do I need my equipment tested?

To comply with the EAWR Electrical Equipment should be routinely inspected and tested by a competent person. The Regulations apply to all places of work.

What equipment needs to be tested?

The Regulations cover all items of in-service equipment, this includes all movable items connected to the mains supply by 13amp BS1363 plugs, BSEN60309-2 industrial plugs or hard wired via a fused connection unit (Spur).

How often does it need testing?

The requirements are based on principles of risk assessment and reasonable practicability. The frequency of inspection and testing required will vary depending on the type of appliance, its location and its use. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) publish and advise guidelines. Elect Safe can help you develop an inspection and testing schedule.

What do the tests entail?

The testing consists of two separate activities ; A visual inspection to check for damage and poor electrical standards and a series of instrument tests to check for less obvious faults.

How can we help?

We can ensure that your organisation complies with the Regulations.

Electrical safety

Each year about 1,000 accidents at work involving Electrical Shock or Burns are reported to the Health & Safety Executive (HSE). Around 30 of these are fatal.

Fire safety

Portable Electrical Appliances are a major cause of fires both in the home and work.

A sobering fact :- Over 2,500 people are killed or injured as a result of electrical fires every year.

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