What is PAT Testing
PAT Testing is preforming an inspection and a test of an electrical appliance, to ensure they are safe for the user and to minimise fire risk.
Portable appliances are designed for been moved for place to place, due to this portable appliances are at high risk if getting damaged, due to miss use, miss handling and the environments they work in.
Testing is vital to ensure the appliance is safe to, the tests below should be carried out on a regular basis:
A Visual Inspection
Earth Bond / Earth Continuity Test
Insulation Test / Leakage Test
Appliances are mainly divided into two groups Class 1 Appliance & Class 2 Appliance
Example of Appliances:
Kittles, Toasters, Ovens, Heaters, Fans, Dishwashers, Washing machines, Extension leads, Computers, Laminators, Vacuum cleaners, Power tools, Drills, Grinders, Saws, Battery charger, etc, need to be PAT Tested
( Basically any appliance with a Plug used in the workplace our public areas )
On completion of the PAT test, the appliance will be labelled and identified as PASSED or FAILED, Passed appliances will remain in service until the next test, Failed appliances must be removed from service until they are repaired / retested or replaced.
Certificates are issued for each passed items