PAT Testing Code of Practice

PAT Testing Code of Practice

PAT testing is an expected part of every employer’s safety environment. Visual inspection of electrical appliances, on its own, is not enough to determine the item you are working on is safe to use. Guidance encompasses all electrical equipment including portable and...
Affordable PAT Testing just got easier

Affordable PAT Testing just got easier

Portable appliance testing isn’t just about avoiding injuries and fatalities from contact with faulty and dangerous electrical appliances, it can also help to reduce the incidence of electrical fires. In fact, more than half of all fires are caused by electricity and...
PAT Testing made easy, anytime, anywhere

PAT Testing made easy, anytime, anywhere

When it comes to testing portable appliances, the HPAT Series of portable appliance testers from Martindale Electric – one of the most trusted brands in electrical safety – enables both contractors and competent in-house personnel to quickly and safely verify the...
How safe is your workplace?

How safe is your workplace?

While the new 4th Edition of the Code of Practice emphasises the need for risk assessment, partly to reduce unnecessary testing, it still requires that PAT testing be done by a competent person, but what does that mean? “A person possessing sufficient technical...

Changes in the New Edition of the Code of Practice

The main changes in the New Edition of the Code of Practice are based on ideas of limiting excessive testing and carrying out appropriate risk assessments, to determine the periods between tests. Clearly it is sensible to take into account the results of PAT testing....

Our new Portable Appliance Testing Guide

This illustrated guide, available from all good wholesalers, list price £35.00, gives practical advice on PAT Testing. With over 96 pages of detailed information, this book has been updated to address all changes to the IEE Code of Practice 4th Edition and presents...

Basic PAT testing mistakes you can easily make

1. Not doing the tests in the required order If on a Class 1 appliance you do the insulation test first, you don’t know if the conductive earth path is good. (In Class 1 appliances most PATs use the earth wire as the return signal path, which is why you don’t need to...

Emphasising the importance of competent PAT Testing

To guarantee legal compliance, it is compulsory for employers to prove that their workforce operates within a safe environment, so regular Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is a must, but where does the responsibility lie and what level of competency is required? The...