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PAT Testing

  • The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 requires that all electrical systems (including electrical appliances) are maintained, so far as is reasonably practicable, to prevent danger. This covers commercial premises and rented properties.


Portable appliance testing, more comonly known as PAT Testing, covers more than just portable appliances. The correct term for the process is "In-service Inspection & Testing of Electrical Equipment". It is a common misconception that PAT Testing just covers items with a plug. This is not correct. It covers all appliances irrespective of how they are connected to a mains supply.  Items with any type of plug and items hardwired via a fused spur connection are covered. What we offer;


  • Fully qualified tester – I am a registered electrician with the NICEIC and City & Guilds qualified. I am not here to just stick labels on your equipment but to work with you to ensure a safe and efficient working environment


  • Modern test equipment – We use modern test equipment to BS EN61557 calibrated regularly. Calibration certificates are available upon request


  • Clear pricing – Clear, upfront and competitive pricing to suit small and large jobs


  • Fully insured - £2m public liability insurance. Copies available upon request


  • Out of hours working - Testing times to suit you, day or night


  • Full service - Unlike some firms we will test all your appliances; plug fitted, hardwired, 110V - 240V, single phase, 3 phase, full RCD testing


  • Risk assesment service - Fed up of annual testing? Want to be smarter in your testing and reduce your costs? We can plan and maintain your testing schedule to ensure that you are only testing when you need to by analysing your needs and monitoring ongoing test results to spot any issues in advance


Common questions

Do I need to test everything annually?

No. Testing schedules are based upon factors including the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used. In certain cases testing need only be done every 4 years. However in certain high risk environments you may need to test more frequently. If you want to know the correct schedule for your business just ask.


What is a PAT test?

There are many aspects to a PAT test. The exact process may vary depending on the type of equipment. However there are three main areas;

1. Visual - Includes inspection of the plug (must include the the interior plug connections where accessible), flex and appliance body. 

2. Insulation resistance - This tests how robust the insulation on the internal wiring of the appliance is

3. Earth continuity - Tests the earth connection which is the primary safety device in case of a fault condition


What appliances need to be tested?

All appliances need to be tested. It makes no difference whether they have a plug or are hardwired via a fused spur connection. Handheld, mobile, stationary and fixed appliances need to be tested. The testing intervals for each type may vary however. For example, fixed equipment need not be tested as often as handheld equipment. 


How much will it cost?

Price depends on location and number of items to be tested. Fees are agreed in advance with no hidden costs. For a free, no obligation quote, call us now on 07586 265040 or fill in a Quick Quote enquiry. 

Modern test equipment - Seaward 250+ PAT tester

Appliance must be tested regardless of whether they are connected via a plug or fused spur

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