Portable Appliance Testing or PAT being a shortened abbreviation. What is it and what does it cover? Well, it’s a periodic test to ensure all electrical appliances are safe to use. If you are in a rented property and the electrical appliances are supplied by the Landlord as part of the tenancy its mandatory for the appliances to be tested. Any appliance that is not part of a ‘fixed’ installation but needs to be connected to a ‘fixed’ installation is deemed portable. In other words, anything that needs a plug, cable, and socket to operate. What falls into the plug/cable/socket category?
Here is a guide: – a TV, refrigerator (all white goods), PC, kettle, microwave, toasters, electrical tools, stereo equipment, radios, Laptops, electric fans, portable AC units through to portable garden equipment, the list is quite comprehensive and not restricted to the list above. A property or business insurance claim could be invalidated without a valid PAT test. With whom does the responsibility rest? Well, with YOU, if you are an employer, self-employed, or a Landlord
We recommend Landlords arrange for a PAT test before the start of a new tenancy. An appliance that has been tested will have a green label with the date of the test attached (usually) to the cable. PAT testing is an important part of Health & Safety and shouldn’t be ignored.
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