PAT Testing Truro

It is important that portable electrical items are tested on a regular basis. Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing.

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The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition.

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 48 months.
  • Moveable equipment such as extension leads and portable equipment should be tested every 24 months.
  • Handheld equipment should be tested every 12 months.

Public Use Equipment

  • Stationary and IT equipment such as computers should be tested every 12 months.
  • Moveable, Portable and Handheld equipment falling into Class 2 should be tested every 12 months.
  • Moveable, Portable and Handheld equipment falling into Class 1 should be tested every 6 months.
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