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PAT Testing

Portable Appliance Testing is the process of checking electrical appliances for safety through a series of visual inspections and electronic tests. The best way of ensuring that your appliances are safe is to have a PAT test carried out on them. It is recommended for all business that use portable appliances such as laptops, power tools and even kitchen appliances such as microwaves and fridge freezers.


Below are some questions we are commonly asked. If you would like to know more or arrange a PAT test, please get in touch

What does PAT testing involve?

In order to ensure the safety and suitability of your appliances, our engineer will first carry out a visual inspection, including its plug and lead. Next, using a calibrated test meter, the engineer will test the appliance for earth continuity, lead polarity and insultation resistance, amongst other things.

Is PAT testing a legal requirement?

In a word, no. However, the acts and regulations do require an employer to ensure that any electrical equipment is well maintained to prevent danger; HSE provides guidance on how to maintain equipment, including the use of PAT. Failure to comply of these could result in fines and legal action.

Why do I need to PAT test?

Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, it is an employer’s duty to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all employees. This includes ensuring all equipment is safe to use. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 also places a legal responsibility on employers to ensure electrical equipment does not pose any risk to users.

What counts as a portable appliance?

Simply, any item item that can be moved, connected and disconnected from an electrical supply. This can include (but not limited to) desktop computers, kettles, fans, TVs, printers, extension leads and even mobile phone chargers. Battery operated equipment such as drills and mobile phones are not included.

Can I do my own PAT testing?

It is not recommended, however, If you have a good understanding of the workings of electrical equipment, the relevant training to be able to use and fully understand PAT testing and can be proven to be competent, then in theory yes. However you would also need calibrated PAT testing equipment which are often be expensive. Incorrectly testing could put you, other users and your business at risk. It is always best to seek a fully qualified and experienced professional to carry out the testing.

How much does PAT testing cost?

Pricing will depend on the type of equipment and the number of items being testing. We offer discounts per item depending on the number of appliances being tested. Please use the form below to get a no obligation quote.

How often do I need to PAT test?

Currently, there are no rules stating how often your equipment needs testing, therefore, it is entirely down to the duty holder. We recommend conducting a risk assessment based on how often the appliance is being used and the working environment. For example equipment with heavy usage on an industrial site or a commercial kitchen would ideally be tested every 6 - 12 months. On the flipside, equipment in a school such as PC power leads, fridges and TVs may only need testing every 48 months. Many clients choose to get PAT testing done once a year as part of an annual maintenance.

Where can I find your PAT testing credentials?

A copy of our meter calibration certificate can be found on our support page. Our engineer's competent certificates can be available upon request.

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If you're interested in learning more about Hound Security or discussing PAT testing with us, please feel free to contact us using the form below. Alternatively, you can use the message icon to send us a direct message, and one of our team members will get back to you as soon as possible.

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