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PAT testing FAQ

At WCS Ltd we are proud to say among all our other services we offer a comprehensive PAT testing service.

Here are a few FAQ we are asked that wee hope you find useful. To book a PAT test of find out about our pricing please either fill in the form below or call our offices on 01761 411772.

What is a Portable appliance?

portable appliance is anything that can plug into an electrical socket and can move. This includes items such as PCs, toasters, televisions and specialist building site equipment that plugs into a generator. A portable appliance is an electrical appliance that can move.

What is a PAT Test??

Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing.

How often do you have to PAT test?

Although there are no requirements for PAT testing frequency, there are recommendations: Offices, Shops and Hotels – Class 1 equipment including stationary and IT equipment should be tested every 48 months. Moveable equipment such as extension leads and portable equipment should be tested every 24 months.

Is it a legal requirement to have PAT testing?

Claims that PAT testing is required by law and that the client is breaking the law by not having it done are simply not true. The law does require however that employers, including self-employed, ensure that all electrical equipment that they provide in their business is safe and properly maintained.

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