Do I need to get my portable appliances tested?

The level of inspection and testing required varies according to the risk of the appliance becoming faulty, which is dependent upon the type of portable appliance and the environment in which it is used. PAT Testing forms an important part of the Safety at Work Act (1974).

Increasingly the insurance industry is requiring that PAT Testing is carried out prior to the renewal of an insurance policy. This is because over a thousand work place accidents involving electric shock are reported to The Health & Safety Executive each year, many of which are fatal! Most of the reported accidents involve portable appliances.

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The ‘Electricity at Work Regulations’ place a legal responsibility on employers and self-employed persons to take reasonable practical steps to ensure no danger results from the use of any electrical appliances. This requires the introduction of a systematic and regular programmed schedule of maintenance, inspection and testing.

PAT labelsThe Safety at Work Act places such an obligation in the following conditions:


At R.B. Grant we can provide information on the frequency of testing and supply a reminder when the next portable appliance test is due – any new portable appliances must be tested before use, even if they are brand new.

R.B. Grant can supply an appliance repair service for any faulty appliance found and provide you with an electrical compliance certificate. Our portable appliance certification is supplied in pdf format and can be emailed the very same day.

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