What is PAT Testing?
Portable Appliance Testing is a reliable and recognised way to check that moveable electrical appliances are safe to use.
Landlords who provide an electrical appliance for the use of their tenants must make sure that the appliance or appliances are safe to use and will not cause harm. To make sure that appliances are safe they should be tested at least every two years – and ideally more frequently. For Landlords, it is good practice to arrange PAT tests at the same time as the EICR undertaken for each new tenancy.
Portable Appliance Testing is for any electrical appliance which can be unplugged and moved, even if you would not usually expect to move it, like a fridge, for example. It includes common household items such as kettles and lamps.
What does Portable Appliance Testing check?
Most electrical appliances suffer wear and tear, so PAT checks that they are still safe to use. We’ll look for things like loose parts, damaged covers, wires visible where they join the plug and damage to the lead covering. We will spot signs of overheating and damage caused by storage in a damp environment, and build up of dust which can be a fire hazard.
When the test is complete you receive a report including an inventory, test results for each appliance included and an explanation of why any items may have failed. Each tested appliance will carry a label with the date of testing, the inspector’s signature and the date of the next due date.
Portable Appliance Testing is not only required by law for landlords, it makes sense too.
You can find more information on PAT tests and EICR inspections and in our Landlord Checklist and our Tenant Checklist.
We also undertake PAT Testing and EICR inspections for commercial premises and educational establishments.