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Portable Appliance Testing

Portable Appliance Testing

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.

 

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