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Electrical Inspections & PAT Testing

There are many common misconceptions about portable appliance testing (PAT) - find out the key facts about the inspection and testing of portable electrical equipment here.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. Testing of electrical appliances is not a legal requirement; however, it is worth testing regularly depending on usage.

The person doing testing work should have enough knowledge and training. However, when undertaking combined inspection and testing, a greater level of knowledge and experience is needed, and the person will need: the right equipment to do the tests: the ability to use this test equipment properly: the ability to properly understand the test results.

The law simply requires an employer to ensure that their electrical equipment is maintained to prevent danger. It does not say how this should be done or how often. Employers should take a risk-based approach, considering the type of equipment and what it is being used for.