PAT Testing – what electrical equipment needs testing?



Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Testing) is the most efficient method for testing multiple portable electrical items / portable appliances in a workplace. Today we’ll look at what qualifies as an item that will require PAT Testing.


Portable equipment


An appliance that can be easily moved from one location to another or one that is designed to be moved while in use. Vacuum cleaners, toasters, food mixers, microwaves, and fans are among examples.


Moveable items


Equipment with wheels, castors, or other ways to enable operator movement as necessary to carry out its intended purpose, such as an air conditioner. Although this equipment may be more appropriately described as "transportable" than "portable," a flexible cable and plug will still be used, as needed, to connect it to its power source.


Handheld equipment or appliances


intended to be used with the hand when being used normally, such as a drill or hair dryer. The likelihood of damage that could jeopardize the safety of the portable equipment is considerable. Additionally, using some handheld devices comes with a high danger because of the way they are used, which puts the user in direct touch with the device.


Fixed equipment


This refers to apparatus or a device that is attached to a structure or otherwise fixed in a particular place, such as a towel rail or a bathroom heater.


Stationary equipment or appliances


For example, a refrigerator or washing machine lacks a carrying handle and is not designed to be transported.


Built in equipment


This equipment is designed to fit into a prepared space, like a cabinet or a built-in cooker.


Information technology equipment


These tools include things like computers, printers, etc.

This comprises RCD extension leads, Multi-way adaptors, and Extension Leads, as well as RCD Adaptors.


Extension leads and RCD extension leads


When a piece of equipment needs to be connected to the mains supply but there isn't a suitable outlet available, extension leads are employed. An extension lead with a residual current device attached to it is known as an RCD extension lead.


Multi-way adaptors and RCD adaptors


When there are insufficient mains outlets, multi-way adaptors are employed. In particular when used outdoors, RCD adaptors are utilized to protect users of portable devices.



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