What type of items will require PAT Testing (Portable Appliance Testing)?

Updated: Jul 17, 2019



Understanding portable appliances

There is no universal agreement on the exact definition of what a portable appliance is. However, a simpler way of beginning to explain, would be that it is anything that can be plugged into an electrical socket and that has the potential to be moved around, making it "portable"..


Whether you require a small amount of items testing and are therefore looking to conduct your own PAT Testing in house. Or you have been asked by a service provider how many items you require testing, and you need to know what qualifies as a portable appliance.


Below are some examples of items that our PAT Testing team frequently encounter. This to give you an understanding on what types of appliances found in the workplace will constitute as a portable appliance and therefore require PAT Testing.


Examples of portable appliances found in the workplace

Typical examples of portable appliances that can be found in the workplace will consist of items such as the following below:


- IEC leads

- Vacuum cleaners

- Printers

- Computer screen monitors

- Power supply units

- Multi-way extension leads

- Desk lamps

- Desk fans

- Computer tower units

- Coffee machines

- Electric drills


Larger movable portable appliances

The appliances listed above are just a few of the items in which our PAT Testing team frequently encounter on a daily basis. It is also important to note that there will be larger movable appliances that will also require PAT Testing. These appliances consist of the following: fridges, water coolers, vending machines, washing machines and desktop computers, to name a few.


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