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Portable Appliance (PAT) Testing

RWR Services offer a complete Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) service for all of your electrical equipment in the Office, Clinic or factory.

Portable Appliance Testing explained:-

Pat testing or portable appliance testing

The Health & Safety Executive advises that 25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances. The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers, employees  and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations and take reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of such equipment. This in effect requires the implementation of a systematic and regular program of maintenance, inspection and testing. The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) places such an obligation in the following circumstances: 

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

The level of inspection and testing required is dependant upon the risk of the appliance becoming faulty, which is in turn dependant upon the type of appliance, the nature of its use and the environment in which it is used.

Below is a short version of the PAT testing work that will be undertaken:

  • A visual inspection of the appliance and it’s flex.
    Most failures that incur are due to damaged flexes, broken plug tops, damaged cases, all of which are usually not detected by the appliance test equipment.
  • The plug top and fuse are inspected to ensure the correct rated fuse is in use, and the plug top has been terminated correctly.
  • An earth continuity test is carried out on Class I appliances, to ensure the continuous earth path from the plug top to the case or exposed metal of the appliance.
  • An insulation resistance test, to ensure the integrity of the insulation of the conductors in the flex, and any double insulation of Class II appliances.
  • A functional test, to ensure the appliance works correctly and does not exceed the load current when operating for the size of flex, and plug top that is fitted.
  • Once the item is deemed fit for continued service, then a PASS label is applied, stating the test date, and the recommended re-test date.

• The PAT Testing Engineer is fully qualified to:- 

   City and Guilds 2377-11 Management of electrical equipment maintenance. 

   City and Guilds 2377-12 Inspection and testing of electrical equipment. 

• All our Test equipment is fully Calibrated and traceable to National Standards

• We are competitively priced

• We  offer a PAT test scheduling consultation

• All 110V and 230/240V appliance testing undertaken

To request a quotation, please complete the form below or give us a call on 0345 2578925.





Portable Appliance Test Request
Brief list of equipment to be tested: