PAT Test or Portable Appliance Test is a process to ensure electrical devices remain safe. It’s an important part of any Health & Safety policy.

Every day we perform hundreds of tests across Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire and the South East. At least one in every ten appliances fail the test the first time. That’s one in ten appliances that are capable of causing serious shock or injury, even death.

Why PAT Test?

  • To comply with the legislation.
  • To comply with some insurance company requirements.
  • To protect the integrity and professionalism of your company.
  • To protect your company from possible prosecution.
  • To protect your employees and visiting clients on your premises.

All electrical equipment is subject to wear and tear. This wear and tear could make the equipment dangerous to use. A PAT test will identify any damage, and reduces the risk of prosecution should an injury occur.

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PAT Test legal requirements

In order to provide a safe work place there are legislative requirements in place to protect staff. Risks associated with electricity and can be high. Every employer and self employed person has a duty to comply with legal provisions.

This section is intended to guide you through the legislation relevant to In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment. Links to the legal framework are:

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

PAT Test Frequency

Regular maintenance has proven to consistently reduce the hazards associated with electrical equipment and its wiring. Our experienced PAT Test engineers provide guidance on how often PAT tests should be carried out.

We constantly review our clients records on our PATGuard Safety Management database. We’ll then recommended the most suitable test frequency for your type of business.

Recommendations are established by credible Electrical Institutions, such as:

  1. The IET (  – who write the Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment 5th Edition.
  2. The NICEIC (  –  a highly regarded National Inspection Council covering all aspects of electrical maintenance within the United Kingdom.
  3. Our own experience of PAT Testing and Inspecting in various types of business environments.

PAT Test benefits:

A PAT Test, correctly performed will reduce and virtually eliminate the risk of electrocution and/or fire.

  • Safer Environment
  • Compliance
  • Peace of Mind

Phaze Electrical PAT Testing can arrange for your on-site assessment and competitive estimate.