Portable Appliance Testing

What is a PAT Test?


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. However, it is important to understand that visual examination is an essential part of the process because some types of electrical safety defect can't be detected by testing alone.


What the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) State:


Nearly a quarter of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable equipment. The vast majority of these accidents result in electric shock, therefore, portable electrical equipment should be subject to periodic inspections and testing by a competent person because some faults cannot be seen visually. All earthed equipment should have a periodic combined PAT and visual inspection.


PAT record keeping is a useful management tool for monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of the maintenance scheme and also to demonstrate that a scheme exists. It can also be used as an inventory of equipment and a check on the use of unauthorised equipment (i.e. domestic kettles or electric heaters brought to work by employees).


Need help or advice?


Contact us info@normandiehs.com to discuss your specific requirements.


Portable Appliance Testing is subject to a £175.00 set-up fee.


 Directions to the Normandie Office 


+44 (0) 1481 253953 

or email info@normandiehs.com


Normandie Health & Safety Ltd

Lisia House

Rue a Chiens

St Sampson