Pat Testing

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UK Safety management operatives perform expert electrical PAT testing in the UK, helping you meet electricity at work regulations and reduce insurance premiums.

UK PAT Testing is a specialised process that goes into detail, ensuring that electrical appliances fully comply with UK Health and Safety at Work directives.


As the owner of a workplace, with recent regulations, it is your duty to ensure that all workplace appliances fit strict health and safety standards with high standard PAT testing equipment.

UK Safety Management PAT testing is a speedy, cost-effective and efficient process, granting your business complete peace of mind, ensuring onsite and offsite equipment is safe to use.

A PAT test can also aid in reducing insurance premiums, by acting as a risk assessment aid making it well worth keeping on top of.

UK Safety Management takes pride in our excellent customer service. As a result, once you have received your PAT test certificate, we will contact you to conduct a short survey. This is simply to ensure that you are happy with the service you received from us and our engineer.


PAT Testing FAQ

Is PAT testing a legal requirement in the UK?

Currently, there is no definitive legal requirement for the process of PAT testing. This said however, the government does have regulations that have been put into place to keep businesses and people safe. The UK Health and Safety Executive and insurance companies will require you to perform PAT tests in commercial settings to comply with various health and safety regulations, these include:


  • Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999



What does PAT testing stand for?

Portable appliance testing (PAT), sometimes written as PAT testing is the examination of electrical equipment and appliances to ensure that they are in a safe condition.


What is PAT testing?

Portable appliance testing is the visual inspection and testing of business premises to ensure that the appliances are safe to use. It is the legal responsibility of a business owner to ensure electrical safety within their business, a PAT tester will test equipment for many potential faults including insulation resistance, earth continuity, and lead polarity.


How often does PAT testing need to be done?

As a general rule of thumb, PAT testing is conducted every year. However, this can vary depending on other factors and circumstances such as the location of the equipment, type of equipment and more.


What needs PAT testing?

By basic definition, any portable appliance or equipment needs to be tested. Essentially if the equipment uses a flexible wire or cable to connect to a power supply it qualifies as a portable appliance and needs to be checked.

This includes anything from extension leads to a vending machine. Wireless appliances such as cordless drills do not require a portable application test, however, their battery chargers that plug into the wall in order to charge the equipment does.


How long does a PAT test last?

A PAT test will result in a PAT certificate, this doesn’t have a specific expiration date but instead depends on other factors. Portable equipment within Hotels, Offices, and Shops should have a new test every 24 months. Class 1 equipment which includes IT and stationary equipment should have their certificates renewed every 48months.


What is the legal requirement for PAT testing?

Under the portable appliance testing (PAT) law all employees, landlords and even anyone who is self-employed is required to ensure their portable electrical appliances are safe and suitable for use.


Do rental properties need PAT testing?

It is a requirement for all HMO landlords to conduct annual PAT tests on all electrical appliances within the property. Private landlords currently have no obligations to conduct PAT testing within the properties.


Do I need a PAT test certificate?

Regulations implemented by the Government require electrical appliances to be maintained to a certain degree. If you’re an employee, landlord or self-employed it is your legal obligation to meet these regulations, the most effective way to do this is through PAT testing.


Is PAT testing required annually?

PAT testing does not have specific frequency requirements and instead it is recommended based on factors including the location, frequency, and type of equipment. Portable equipment such as extension leads within Offices, Hotels, and Shops should be tested every 24 months.


How much does a PAT test cost?

PAT Test costs are calculated per device and not for the entire testing service. The size of the business, and the amount of equipment that needs testing can alter the price, ultimately the more testing required the cheaper the cost will be per item.


Who can perform a PAT test?

By law, a PAT test must be conducted by a competent person, you may wish to either take a PAT testing course yourself to achieve a PAT testing qualification of sorts, or employ a qualified safety engineer who can do it on your behalf. The IEE Code of Practice defines a competent person as having:

  • Sufficient experience of electrical work
  • An adequate understanding of the system
  • Practical experience in that class system
  • Appropriate electricity knowledge
  • The capability to perceive whether or not it is safe for work to proceed
  • An accurate perception of the hazards that could arise surrounding the equipment
  • Knowledge of what precautions are required to avoid potential hazards occurring

UK Safety Management remedial works quote

At UK Safety Management we’re here to help. That’s why we are happy to offer free quotes on any remedial works you may require on your property or premises. If one of our specialist engineers finds anything that needs to be re-serviced or rectified we offer a free no obligation quote with any of our services. 

This service is available on all the services that we offer, including emergency lighting testing, feel free to speak to your expert advisor today, or contact us on 0844 800 4180.

Fill out our request for a quote form to receive a quote from our business so you can be assured that your business and premises will be kept safe with us. 

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Although PAT testing itself is not a legal obligation, businesses do have to keep electrical equipment in good working order and keep their employees safe, by law. Therefore, many businesses use PAT testing to fulfil British safety regulations.

PAT testing usually takes about 1 hour to complete. In that time, an engineer will usually perform around 30 tests.

To ensure everything runs smoothly, make sure appliances and equipment are easy for the engineer to access and that no walkways are obstructed.

All portable appliances need to be PAT tested, which is anything that can be plugged into the wall. This can include toasters, computers, kettles, photocopiers, vending machines, cable extensions and power cords.

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