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Do New Electrical Appliances Need PAT Testing?

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Portable appliance testing, or PAT testing for short, is a way to ensure your portable electrical appliances are safe to use. It’s recommended at least once a year to keep your commercial site compliant.

That applies to everything from power tools and machinery to kettles, microwaves, PCs and printers. But what about items that you’ve just purchased? Read on as we discuss whether new electrical appliances need PAT testing.

The rules for new electrical appliances

PAT testing is carried out to make sure electrical appliances are safe to use. With that in mind, items that are brand-new will not usually require a PAT test, as long as they have been supplied in a safe condition.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, a thorough visual check should always be undertaken to make sure the item has not been damaged in transit or simply supplied in a faulty condition.

It’s worth noting that this doesn’t apply to items which are simply ‘new to you’ after being bought second hand. While it’s the responsibility of sellers to make sure items they sell are safe to use, it’s well worth getting them PAT tested before using them for complete peace of mind.

How soon do they need PAT testing?

With new items good to go, the next question is when they’ll need their first PAT test. The frequency for tests depends on the type of equipment, how often it’s used and the environment it’s situated within. An electric drill on a construction site will need more frequent tests than a desktop monitor, for example.

As a general rule of thumb, PAT testing is recommended every 6-12 months for your safety and reassurance. Based on that, it’s usually best to arrange PAT testing for new appliances within the first year. However, it’s also important to contact a professional electrical contractor, as they will be able to recommend the right timeframe for the specific appliance in question.

Is PAT testing a legal requirement?

While PAT testing in particular is not mandatory by law, the Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) require companies to safely maintain any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury. Given that they’re all plugged into electrical mains with live current passing through, it’s fair to say that applies to all electrical equipment.

PAT testing is a sure-fire way to keep your organisation compliant with these regulations. It provides concrete proof (in the form of a certificate) that you have taken reasonable steps to keep electrical equipment in a safe condition.

PAT testing in Yorkshire

For more information on the PAT testing requirements for your electrical appliances, don’t hesitate to contact the team at Volta Compliance. Our fully qualified electrical contractors can advise on a suitable testing frequency for your appliances, as well as conducting PAT tests as and when required to keep you safe and compliant.

Call us on 0113 397 1361 to arrange a site visit, or email [email protected] and we’ll get back to you soon.


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Richard Carr Volta Compliance
Richard Carr
Managing Director
Richard is the Director of Volta Compliance. He is a fully qualified approved electrician graded with the JIB. Richard has over 20 years electrical experience working on commercial and industrial installations.