(PAT) Portable Appliance Testing

PAT testing is the term used to describe the examination of the electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. The ‘Electricity at Work Regulations’ require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition.

The ‘Health and Safety Executive’ advise that all electrical appliances within all rentable residential properties and all commercial premises undertake annual PAT testing.


It is recommended that portable appliance testing is carried out at the following times:

  • Low-risk 24-monthly or more.
  • Medium risk 12-monthly.
  • High risk (ie workshop equipment) 6-monthly.
  • Very high risk (ie site equipment) 3-monthly.

Electrical Installation Condition Report

Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and time. Therefore, if the safety of the users is not to be put at risk, it is important that every installation is periodically inspected and tested. The inspection and testing should be carried out at appropriate intervals in order to determine what, if anything, needs to be done to maintain the installation in a safe and serviceable condition.

The results of the inspection and testing need to be clearly detailed in a report. Appropriate recommendations should be made for any damage, deterioration, and defects observed that may give rise to danger to be remedied, such that the installation may continue to be used safely.

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It is recommended that the condition report is carried out at the following times:

  • For tenanted properties, every 5 years or at each change of occupancy, whichever is sooner.
  • At least every 10 years for an owner-occupied home
  • At least every 5 years for a business.
  • 3 years for a caravan
  • 1 year for a swimming pool

Emergency Lighting Periodic Inspection & Test Report

Emergency lighting systems are installed to help in evacuating a building in the event of loss of supply to the general lighting circuits through an extremity for instance fire. For the safety of the occupants, it is very important to have the inspection done.
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