PAT testing explained

PAT testing explained

PAT testing (often referred to as electrical equipment testing) is when electrical appliances are tested for safety. PAT testing can be a visual check, electronic test, or both.

Broadly speaking, any electrical equipment that is plugged into a power source should be PAT tested.

We’ve put together this resource guide to explain more about what PAT testing is and how you can use it to keep your commercial or residential property safe.

Is PAT testing a mandatory requirement?

While PAT testing is not mandatory for commercial properties, it can be a good way to make sure your employees and customers stay safe.

PAT testing may be mandatory if you are a residential landlord, depending on where the property is. Again, it can be a great way to keep your tenants safe.

Find out more about PAT testing and the law

Are PAT testing and EICR the same thing?

Not quite. PAT testing checks your electrical appliances, while EICR checks the electrical installation in your building.

Together, both tests make sure your building is safe.

Find out more about how you can use EICR and PAT together

Should I PAT test second-hand electrical equipment?

Second-hand electrical equipment should be supplied in a safe condition.

This means you shouldn’t have to PAT test it, but you may want to test it for your peace of mind.

Find out more about PAT testing second-hand electrical equipment

If I have staff working from home, do I need to PAT test their equipment?

If you have staff working from home, whether full-time or hybrid working, you’re still responsible for their safety.

If you’re carrying out PAT testing in the office, we recommend extending this to home workers too.

Find out more about PAT testing and working from home

Do I need to carry out PAT testing if I own rental properties?

It depends. PAT testing for rental properties in Scotland is a mandatory requirement.

PAT testing is not a legal requirement in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. However, it’s worth checking with your local council to see if they have a licensing scheme in place that requires it.

Find out more about PAT testing requirements for landlords

We’re the UKs Number 1  trusted voice of experience in the industry, who are regularly consulted to give our expert opinions with industry governing bodies.

Through our national network of fully certified engineers, Hawkesworth provide a range of technical compliance and testing services to ensure you’re not at risk – we’ve got you covered!

From your Electrical Installation and Portable Appliances with EICRPAT and Thermographic surveys to Fire Safety with Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Alarm Testing and Emergency Lighting.

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