Portable Appliance Testing FAQs
The risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst at work
The risks to ensure the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him or his undertaking.”
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states:
“All systems shall at all times be of such construction as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger.”
“As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger.”
Other appliances that require testing:
The Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994 Part II 12. – “covers the supply of equipment in let property. All appliances are required to have pre-fitted plugs which are undamaged, with insulated sleeves, the correct fuse and a working cord grip. It is recommended that electrical equipment be thoroughly tested at the start of each new let and retested on an annual basis to ensure compliance with this regulation.”
The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 states “that no electrical appliances supplied as part of a tenancy agreement, or with let accommodation (i.e. ‘supply in the course of a business’ – The Consumer Protection Act 1987) should jeopardise the safety of people, domestic animals or property. Each item should be safe and if it requires instructions to be operated safely, they must be supplied. This applies to both new and second-hand appliances and covers all electrical items supplied for the intended use of the tenant. PAT testing is the recommended method of ensuring that these appliances are safe and that the landlord and letting agent has shown ‘due care’.”
A PAT test begins with a visual inspection to identify:
Damaged plugs and equipment (overheating etc.)
Correctly wired plugs
Visible earth wire
Followed by a series of tests
Earth continuity testing
Earth leakage test
Landlords and Small businesses:
£45 (Up to 20 appliances)
(Additional items are charged at £1.25 per test)
Medium Businesses and HMOs:
£79 (Up to 40 appliances)
(Additional items are charged at £0.85 per test)
£499 (Up to 500 appliances)
(Additional items are charged at £0.80 per test)
Warehouses and workshops:
£999 (Up to 1500 appliances)
(Additional items are charged at £0.75 per test)
For 2000+ appliances please call for a quote.
All PAT testing charges exclude VAT at the current rate of 20%.
Hand – Held Appliances
- these which are appointed to be held during normal use, e.g. a hair dryer.
- these are appliances which weigh over 18kg and are not provided with a carrier handle, e.g. a refrigerator.
- equipment which is fastened or secured to a specific location, e.g. a bathroom heater.
An appliance for Building in
- this is equipment which is to be installed in a prepared area, such as a cupboard.
- such as computers and mains powered photocopiers.