Portable Appliance Testing
What is a portable appliance?
A portable appliance is an appliance that is portable and uses a hard wired electrical supply. It can be 24 volts, 110 volts or 240 volts.
What is portable appliance testing?
Portable appliance testing or PAT is a series of electrical tests to make sure the portable appliance is safe to use. It doesn’t mean the appliance is working – it means it is safe. For example, a TV might be safe to use but that doesn’t mean the TV is working properly. Being safe is different from working. A hoover can pass a portable appliance test but that doesn’t mean the suction on it is good.
Do I need to carry out portable appliance testing?
Yes it is a legal requirement for landlord and for employers.
How often do I need to carry out portable appliance testing?
It is recommended to carry out portable appliance testing yearly.
What records do I need to keep?
You need to keep a portable appliance asset register.