Portable Appliance Testing

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Portable Appliance Testing

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Portable Appliance Testing also refer as PAT Testing. It is the term used to describe the process by which electrical appliances and equipment are routinely checked for safety. The purpose is to prevent electrical accidents in the workplace. A full PAT test should include visual inspection and a more in-depth check using specialist PAT testing equipment. PAT testing is not required by law. The Law does require that employers must ensure that all electrical equipment they provide in their business is safe and properly maintained.

There is no legal obligation (at the moment) for private landlords to carry out PAT testing on electrical appliances in their properties. However, as a landlord, your duty is to ensure the safety of the electrical appliance in your property.The regulations are different for HMO landlords. In this case, annual PAT tests are compulsory for all electrical appliances.

You do not need a qualified electrician to carry out your PAT Testing. But you need a competent person who understands how to carry out a full visual inspection and PAT Test.

Electrical classes in PAT testing

Electrical appliances are mainly categorised as Class 1, 2 or 3, with Class 1 being the most dangerous and Class 3 the least dangerous.

The class of an appliance helps determine whether it needs to be PAT tested and to what degree. Class 1 appliances need a full PAT test, Class 2 appliances need a PAT insulation test, and there is no need to PAT test Class 3 appliances.

Class 1 appliances
This type of electrical equipment has only basic insulation and relies on an earth for protection.

Examples of Class 1 equipment are kettles, toasters, irons, microwaves, electric heaters, fridges, freezers, washing machines, tumble dryers, dishwashers, vending machines, photocopiers, floor standing printers, industrial machinery, Desktop computers,  laptop cables, mobile phone chargers, extension lead etc.

Class 2 appliances
Class 2 products are commonly known as ‘double insulated’. This type of electrical equipment has extra insulation and so doesn’t rely on an earth for protection, which makes it safer.

Example of Class 2 appliances are Deskstop printer, hedge trimmers, lawnmovers, drills, food mixers, lamps, television, dvd players, cd players, hair dryers, hair straigthener etc.

Class 3 appliances
Class 3 appliances are low voltage items and are the safest class of electrical appliance. Their charging leads may need to be PAT tested.

Example of Class 3 appliances are laptops, torches, cameras etc.

TwoLet Properties is a forward company, and we are always looking for ways to do better and expand our knowledge base in the property market. Recently, one of the Director Ronna Fu studied and passed the PAT Testing Fudamental Online course. She did the course to increase her knowledge in all aspects of property maintenance and provide better service to their clients.

Need someone to do PAT testing on your property? Fill out the form here for more information. We will get in touch with you to assist you with your questions.