Your Legal Obligations

Any equipment that has a plug attached and is intended to be plugged into a wall socket or generator qualifies for Portable Appliance Testing.

The law requires all landlords and employers to ensure that their portable electrical equipment is maintained in a safe condition. How this is achieved and how often depends on the activities, the premises where work is carried out and the users of the equipment.

You are expected to ensure that those portable electrical appliances for which you are responsible are safe, suitable and used only for the purposes intended. It is your duty to ensure that any person, worker, or tenant who might come into contact with these portable electrical appliances are not at risk of injury.

Our Role

Our competent and certified engineer can undertake PAT testing, which will help to
ensure that all your portable appliances are safe to use.

We recommend portable appliances used on a construction site are tested every six months as they are often subject to heavy usage by multiple people.

Office based appliances are not likely to be moved around as much and are not generally shared, this means the risk of injury is lower and PAT intervals can be longer. Typically PAT should be undertaken every twelve months.

What does PAT involve?

  • A visual inspection of each appliance to check for cable fray, exposed wires and general deterioration.
  • A test of each appliance using specialist equipment to verify the earth continuity, the lead polarity and the insulation resistance of each item
  • A label fixed to each appliance with the item number, date of test and pass/fail status.
  • A report that details the appliance and outcome of the PAT.
  • Where an appliance has failed, we will isolate the item and advise whether the appliance can be repaired or if it needs to be disposed of.

Further Information

For further information please contact us. We will be happy to provide you with advice and a fee proposal.