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Portable Appliance Tests (PAT Tests)

This is what the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) Says
  • PAT Tests are not compulsory
  • There is no Annual Testing Requirement
  • There is no need to pay for most testing
  • The only Tools you need are a Risk Assessment and Common Sense
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Make use of the HSE website. It is incredibly easy to follow, it is FREE, and has hundreds of useful guides and checklists in plain English

PAT Test Basics

These myths might surprise you
What is PAT (Portable Appliance Testing)?
What does the law say?
Are annual PAT inspections neccessary?
Is PAT testing compulsory?

Best Practice for PAT Tests

Staff engagement is critical
Annual Vs Daily checks
Regular Visual Inspections
Combined Inspection and Testing
Testing new equipment
Suggested intervals for checking electrical equipment
Medical Equipment

Instant Solution: Risk Assessment


Go to My Toolkts and look for these under Evidence Toolkits (Section 6 - Safety)

  • 6 Pat Test – Combined Review
  • 6 Pat Test – Formal Visual checks

These Toolkits identify risks associated with Portable Appliances

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Associated Toolkits: Hazard Reviews and Hazard Management Toolkits also under Section 6 - Safety

Useful Gadgets

Kewtech KEWCHECK103 Mains Wiring Socket Tester  Usual price range for this type of device - £9 to £25

An easy to use gadget for an instant check that a socket is safe to use.

There are many versions on the market, we have picked this particular one because:-

  • No electrical contact - just plug in
  • Safe and easy to use by any staff
  • Simple audible alarm, plug it in and listen for the tone
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Masterplug Single Socket RCD Safety Adaptor, 112 x 72.3 x 50.5 mm, Black  Usual price range for this type of device - £8 to £15

An RCD, or residual current device, is a life-saving device which is designed to prevent you from getting a fatal electric shock if you touch something live, such as a bare wire or faulty equipment.
It can also provide some protection against electrical fires. RCDs offer a level of personal protection that ordinary fuses and circuit-breakers cannot provide.

These are also widely availablefrom any hardware or DIY store

  • Easy to use - just plug it into a socket and then your appliance into the RCD
  • Useful for common use items such as Kettles; microwaves; fans
  • DO NOT USE on medical equipment or vaccine fridges
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