Pro-Safety FAQs imageWhat is Portable Appliance Testing?

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is a key part of an individual or company’s responsibility to health and safety. It is conducted using a series of specialised testing procedures on portable appliances.

Why should I use Pro-Safety to do my PAT testing?

We pride ourselves on tailoring the service to our clients’ needs and we believe in being up front about how we do business ensuring that our customers don’t get a nasty shock on receipt of the bill.

What does a PAT test consist of?

We start with a visual inspection checking for:

  • Damaged flexes
  • Damaged plugs and equipment (overheating, burn marks, discolouration)
  • Correctly rated fuse

Then a series of tests (depending on the class of equipment), that may include

  • Earth continuity testing
  • Insulation resistance
  • Polarity test
  • Earth leakage test

What is classed as a portable appliance?

A portable appliance is any piece of equipment which is powered between 40 and 240 volts and which is connected to the electrical mains through a plug (usually 13 amp) but we are also able to test both 110 volt and 240 volt wet weather equipment.

Do I have to get my equipment PAT tested?

The law states that all equipment must be in a safe condition and fit for use.

With a regular maintenance schedule in place, PAT ensures that all equipment is safe and totally fit for use.

In the Health & Safety At Work Act 1974, all employers have a legal duty to provide safe plant and equipment and every employer must ensure that equipment is kept in safe working order and in good repair.

How often do my appliances have to be PAT tested?

This will be dependant on your company’s risk assessment and maintenance schedule. If your company does not have these documents for testing then we can help with this.

Does PAT Testing affect our insurance cover?

Insurance companies assume that when giving insurance cover to a business, the owners of that business are complying with all regulations necessary. An insurance company may reduce, delay or even refuse to pay on a claim for damage if an appliance that has not been tested has caused the damage.

What areas do you cover?

We test across the whole of Scotland.

How much will my PAT testing cost?

This will depend on how many items that are to be tested.

If you have a quote from another company give us a call and we may be able to beat it.

How long will the testing take?

We can do between ten and fifteen electrical tests per hour, dependant on access and availability of the items.

Will the testing be disruptive?

During Portable Appliance Testing we try to minimise any disruption by only disconnecting the items as we test them.

We can work outside of business hours or at weekends if this helps.

Contact Us to book a test or find out more.