Portable Appliance Testing
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 requires that to prevent danger of electric shock - "all systems shall be maintained to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger"
The Portable Appliance Test (PAT) is a series of checks carried out to check the electrical safety of each piece of portable equipment.
The tests completed are:
The general condition of the equipment is checked for signs of any visible damage. The plug top is removed and wiring, fuse and cable grip are inspected.
The Equipment is tested to ensure it has a satisfactory earth connection.
Insulation Resistance Test
The Equipment is tested to ensure the insulation of the equipment is functioning correctly.
The equipment is plugged in and checked that it is working properly.