What is PAT testing?

Smartie, thepat|carQuite simply it is a system which is designed to ensure that all electrical equipment in the workplace is safe and suitable for its purpose.

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The real name is actually “The In Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment” but that doesn’t roll off the tongue as easily. The “Electrical equipment” referred to includes Portable but covers Hand-Held, Stationary, Movable, Transportable and Built in as well. The Whats, Hows and Whys of pat testing are laid down in the Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment . You can usually tell if a business has had its appliances pat tested by little stickers, often green, on all their equipment or plugtops.