About PAT Testing

About Portable Appliance Testing

(PAT Testing)

It is generally regarded that all businesses should have Portable Appliance Testing (Pat Testing) undertaken on a regular basis by qualified engineers, as it acknowledged as being the best way of meeting the electrical regulations that exist to protect your employees, customers and your business.


Failure to comply with the Electrical Regulations may constitute a criminal offence under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.


All portable electrical equipment is subject to getting damaged during use, and this damage could render the equipment dangerous to the user. Without a regular programme of testing and inspection, you have not taken reasonable steps to ensure the safety of users.

What equipment requires PAT Testing?

PAT Testing (Portable Appliance Testing) is required for any electrical item that is mains powered by a plug, like the examples below:

  • Hand held appliances - tools, hairdryers, irons 

  • Portable appliances - vacuum cleaners, toasters, kettles

  • IT equipment - computers, monitors, printers, mains leads

  • Moveable equipment - electric fires, air conditioning units, radiators

  • Stationery equipment - fridges, washing machines, dishwashers

How often do they require testing?

Tests and inspections should be made at reasonable and regular intervals, bearing in mind the rate of use of both portable and fixed appliances. However, it is recommended, as Health and Safety Best Practice, to have this work carried out on an annual basis (dependent on type and use).


Whatever the size of your company CK Compliance can meet you PAT testing requirements.