Portable Appliance Testing, Testing appliance for electrical safety

Portable Appliance Testing, Testing appliance for electrical safety from Test and Tag

By: Test and Tag  20/06/2011
Keywords: Portable Appliance Testing, Pat Testing

There is now a legal responsibility and obligation on all employers and employees to take practicable steps to ensure that no dangers occur from portable electrical equipment. As specialists in PAT testing in Ireland, we can help you meet your legal requirements. Our PAT testing service can:

  • Reduce the risk of electrical accidents
  • Protect your employees at work
  • Protect your clients on your premises
  • Avoid legal penalties and fines
  • Reduce your insurance risk
  • Reduce downtime in your business

Portable Appliance Testing, or PAT testing, is a process by which electrical appliances are routinely checked for safety. Test & Tag provide an In-service Inspection & Testing of Electrical Equipment. When people use and work with electrical appliances in companies and organisations i.e. electric kettles, fans, computers, power tools etc. health and safety regulations state that the appliance must be safe, to prevent harm to the workers. Many types of equipment require PAT testing at regular intervals to ensure continual safety; the interval between PAT testing depending on both the type of appliance and the environment it is used in. Examples of environments in which portable appliance testing is needed in Ireland:

  • Offices
  • Laboratories
  • Commercial Kitchens
  • Colleges & Schools
  • Maintenance Workshops
  • Construction Sites
  • Engineering Works
  • Private and public homes

today to find out more about how we can help you meet your PAT testing legal requirements in Ireland.

This is a process of an inspection of the appliance, the cable and the plug for any obvious signs of damage.

Visual Inspection includes removal of the plug cover and checking that:

  • A correct fuse is being used
  • The cord grip is holding the sheath of the cable correctly
  • Wires are tightly attached to correct connections
  • No bare wires are visible other than at the connections
  • There is no sign of internal damage, overheating, entry of liquid, dust or dirt


The flex will be inspected for any damage, ensuring it is free from cuts, fraying or stress.The lead is secure at both the tool/appliance and plug and where covers can be removed. The lead has no excess insulation removed and with no bare loose strands.

PAT Testing
Subject to satisfactory inspection, the following sequence of tests will then be carried out:

  • Earth continuity test
  • Insulation resistance test
  • Touch current leakage test
  • Functional test
  • Polarity test (leads only)

Precautions: The engineer will require all IT users to log off in order to avoid accidental data loss.

Office Equipment
Computers, Mains Leads, Extension Leads, Lamps, Photocopiers, Fax Machines, Mobile Phone Chargers.

Drills, Sanders, Grinders and Welders.

Kitchen Appliances
Kettles, Fridges, Toasters, Microwaves, Coffee Makers.

Audio & Video
TV’s, DVD’s, Video Equipment, Radios.

On completion of the testing you will be issued with a safety certificate and a detailed report that provides information on each individual item.  All items that pass the inspection & testing will be labelled with a safety sticker and a unique barcode number that helps us keep track of all portable appliances in your company.

We will notify you one month before re-testing is due and arrange a suitable re-test date.

Test and Tag Ireland, Bun Caise, Cruachan Park, Galway, Ireland.
Phone: 087 6921 083 |

Keywords: Pat Testing, Portable Appliance Testing