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Pat Testing & Portable Appliance Testing Information

Portable appliance testing (usually referred to as PAT Testing) is a process by which electrical appliances in an organisation are checked to see if they are safe. Pat testing is a very important part of any health & safety procedure, but often it is seen as a necessary evil or a waste of money. This site is set up to explode some of the myths surrounding pat testing, and to inject some common sense into the proceedings!

Every year in the UK approximately 30 people are killed as a result of coming into contact with electricity, and hundreds more are seriously injured.The Health & Safety Executive states that 25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances - kettles, fridges, toasters, fax machines and computers - in other words, the appliances the you and I use every day!

There are many good reasons to carry out pat testing:-

  • Compliance with the very latest health and safety regulations
  • Risk of fire and injury from portable appliances is minimised
  • Compliance with ISO9000/1 and BS5750
  • Satisfy the requirements of your insurers - if you're not sure about this check the small print on your employer's liability policy!

But probably the most compelling reason to have your equipment checked is to consider the likely consequences if you do not have the testing done and one of your staff were to be killed or injured!

Please follow the links to the left of this page for more information PAT testing / portable appliance testing and electrical safety testing




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