What is Portable Appliance Testing?

testerIf your PAT Testing is NOT up to date then you could be invalidating your company insurance policy

Portable Appliance Testing, (PAT Testing), is a requirement which ensures that electrical appliances are tested to be safe to be used in the workplace by employees, members of the public and the self employed. Any appliance with a plug that is used in the workplace should be tested at least once a year.

Increasingly insurance companies are stipulating Portable Appliance Testing as a necessary condition of insurance on most companies. Failure to carry out regular PAT Testing may be taken into account when arriving at a settlement figure if an incident occurs that is associated with an electrical appliance

Failure to maintain electrical appliances can result in fires, electrical shock or even death. Always ensure your portable appliances are regularly tested.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998

Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) Testing Checklist

After an initial visual equipment check has been passed, it can then be electrically PAT Tested.

Sense use a variety of tests to carry out electrical inspection, including:


A Class 1 and Class 3 test that determines whether there is an earth between the appliances metal work and the earth on the plug.


If there is defective insulation that exposes the conductors, this test will detect this and is carried out on all classes of equipment.


A test to determine whether the equipments fuses work correctly. This test can be carried out on all classes of equipment.