Pat Testing

PAT Testing

Portable Appliance Tests sre necessary on an annual basis in rented apartments and offices

Landlords

Anyone who lets residential accommodation (such as houses, flats and bedsits, holiday homes, caravans and boats) as a business activity is required by law to ensure the equipment they supply as part of the tenancy is safe.

Workplace

Pat testing or portable appliance testing is an important part of any health and safety policy.

 The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) places such an obligation in the following circumstances:

  1. Where appliances are used by employees.
  2. Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc.
  3. Where appliances are supplied or hired.
  4. Where appliances are repaired or serviced.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (The IET) publish the “Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment” (ISBN: 978-1849196260). This guide forms the basis for portable appliance testing in the U.K.