What is Portable Appliance Testing; PAT
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 essential 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.
A relatively brief user check (based upon simple training and perhaps assisted by the use of a brief checklist) can be a very useful part of any electrical maintenance regime. However, more formal visual inspection and testing by a competent person may also be required at appropriate intervals, depending upon the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used
Why do we need Portable Appliance Testing; PAT
PAT testing or portable appliance testing is a crucial part of any Health and Safety policy for which the responsibility lies with the employers to ensure all possible steps are taken to prevent danger.
The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) states the circumstances where this applies are:
British law (The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 ) requires that all electrical systems (including electrical appliances) are maintained to prevent danger.
A competent person must inspect the appliance at regular intervals, the frequency of this is determined by various factors i.e the type of appliance, the risk of appliance becoming faulty, and the type of environment it is used in.
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