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PAT testing or portable appliance testing is an important part of any health & safety policy.

The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations and take reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of such equipment. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 places such an obligation in the following circumstances:

  • Where appliances are used by employees.
  • Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc.
  • Where appliances are supplied or hired.
  • Where appliances are repaired or serviced.

The Health & Safety Executive states that 25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances. This in effect requires the implementation of a systematic and regular program of maintenance, inspection and testing.

You and your employees may be at risk from

  • Electric & thermal shocks and burns
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Respiratory failure

All of these events may potentially result in compensation claims or, in extreme circumstances, fatalities and where negligence is proven, fines and even imprisonment.

PAT testing: How can you protect your business?

Regular testing of all portable appliances can ensure the safety of your employees and help your business to meet with its Health & Safety obligations.

It is also vital for businesses and organisations offering services for the general public that electrical appliances are certified as failure to do so can invalidate your business insurance.

By employing a qualified third party to perform these important checks, you will receive professional advice on how to correct any faults alongside a written report and certification.

The Frequency of PAT Testing

The Health & Safety Executive offers no absolute rules on the frequency of the testing and inspection and The Memorandum of Guidance on the Electricity at Work Regulations suggests that 'regular inspection of equipment is an essential part of any preventative maintenance program', but no attempt is made to specify the intervals of time implied by the word 'regular'. as different situations require different measures in order to meet the requirement that the danger is prevented. The factors which affect the frequency of testing must be assessed by the Inspector who thereby makes the judgement.

Who Carries Out PAT Testing

The IEE Code of Practice states, those carrying out the inspection and testing must be competent to undertake the inspection and, where appropriate, testing of electrical equipment and appliances having due regard of their own safety and that of others.

What can Paul Anton Ltd PAT testing services do for you?

Paul Anton Limited offers professional Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) services designed to meet the requirements of a range of businesses and organisations. Our fully qualified and professional PAT testers use the latest testing equipment to offer an efficient service that is designed to remove as much of the inconvenience to your businesses as is possible.

Our testers also fulfil the essential requirement of efficient record keeping as records are necessary to provide evidence for the defence in the event of a prosecution; more practically, such records enable the close monitoring of the equipment highlighting potential faults or adverse trends. They are also essential in forming an accurate assessment of the necessary frequency of testing for your purposes.

Paul Anton Ltd strives to provide top quality, safe power solutions tailored to suit all your power protection needs and will endeavour to ensure your power is uninterrupted and protected. We can offer a service that is both very efficient and cost-worthy to meet your requirements, ensuring all your portable appliances meet all legislation and, most of all, is safe.



Paul Anton Power Services
Unit 5 Kestrel Park, Finch Drive, Springwood Industrial Estate, Braintree, Essex CM7 2SF