How often should pat testing be done?
Although there are no requirements for PAT testing frequency, there are recommendations: Offices, Shops and Hotels – Class 1 equipment including stationary and IT equipment should be tested every 24 months. Movable equipment such as extension leads and portable equipment should be tested every 12 months.
What items need PAT testing?
In other words, if you have an appliance that has a plug that is intended to be connected to a wall socket or generator, it qualifies as needing to be PAT tested. This can include items such as electric drills, monitors, printers, PCs, kettles and larger items like photocopiers, vending machines and others.
What does Pat Testing stand for?
Portable appliance testing (commonly known as “PAT”, “PAT Inspection” or (redundantly) as “PAT testing”) is the name of a process in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand and Australia by which electrical appliances are routinely checked for safety.
Is it a legal requirement to do pat testing?
Claims that PAT testing is required by law and that the client is breaking the law by not having it done are simply not true. The law does require however that employers, including self-employed, ensure that all electrical equipment that they provide in their business is safe and properly maintained.