Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

What is PAT Testing and why do we have to have it done?

PAT testing comprises both visual and electronic tests to determine whether or not appliances are safe to use and is a requirement of law under Section 4 (2) of the Electricity at Work Regulation (1989).

A GM Safety PAT test will:

  • Check for signs of damage to the appliance and the supply cord (IEC lead) and plug
  • Check whether the correct fuse is fitted and that it is connected correctly.
  • Test the integrity of the live, neutral and earth wires
  • Test the operation of the switch
  • Minor faults can be repaired on site

Having conducted these tests, GM Safety will apply a Pass/Fail label to each appliance and provide a detailed register including result and location for all appliances tested.

What appliances do we test?

Appliances requiring PAT Testing by law fall into the following categories:

  • Portable appliances less than 18kg in mass with no carrying handle
  • Movable equipment less than 18kg in mass and not fixed, such as air conditioning units, fire equipment etc.
  • Hand-held appliances such as hair dryers, soldering irons and drills
  • Stationary Equipment or Appliances more than 18kg in mass with no carrying handle, such as fridges, washing machines etc.
  • Microwave cookers tested for emissions and effectiveness
  • Fixed equipment/appliances (equipment fastened to a surface such as heaters and towel rails)
  • Built-in appliances and equipment (i.e. intended to be installed in a unit or a cupboard etc.
  • Information technology equipment, including computers, telephones, printers etc.
  • Extension leads and extension cords containing additional plug sockets
  • Voltage transformers

This list is neither extensive nor exhaustive but GM Safety will be able to advise you upon survey which of your appliances need testing.

Contact us now to discuss your needs.