Frequently Asked Questions?

Portable appliance testing is an essential aspect of health and safety in the workplace. Employers and landlords have the responsibility to ensure they regularly test and maintain all electrical appliances in their premises to prevent accidents and comply with regulations.

What is PAT testing?

PAT testing, or portable appliance testing, is the process of checking electrical appliances to ensure they are safe for use. In addition this involves visual inspections as well as electrical testing.

Why do I need PAT testing?

As an employer or landlord, you have a legal obligation to ensure the safety of electrical appliances used by your employees or tenants. PAT testing is one way to fulfil this obligation and ensure that your appliances are safe for use.

How often do I need to have PAT testing done?

The frequency of PAT testing depends on the type of appliance, how it is used, and the environment in which it is used. SEPAT can help you determine the appropriate testing schedule based on your specific needs.

What’s the difference between a Class I and Class II electrical appliance?

Whether your electrical appliances fall under Class I or Class II classification, they will require PAT testing, however the testing method differs slightly between the two. <br /><br />Both types of appliance are mains powered, and as such are required to provide at least two levels of protection for the user. We undertake PAT testing to ensure that both levels of protection are functioning correctly, enabling the appliance to be operated safely. <br /><br />Class I appliances are protected by a combination of basic insulation and an earth connection, such as fridges, microwaves etc. <br /><br />Class II appliances are those which are double insulated, such as hair dryers, AC adapters, and plastic power tools.

What types of appliances need to be tested?

Any portable electrical equipment that is connected to the mains supply, including computers, kettles, and power tools, should be tested regularly.

What happens during a PAT test?

During a PAT test, a qualified engineer will perform a visual inspection of the appliance to check for damage or wear and tear. They will also perform electrical tests to check for any faults or potential safety hazards.

How long does a PAT test take?

The duration of a PAT test depends on the number of appliances that require testing. We will work with you to schedule the testing at a convenient time and minimise disruption to your business or household.

Is PAT testing expensive?

The cost of PAT testing varies depending on the number of appliances to be tested and the testing frequency. SEPAT offers competitive pricing and can provide you with a detailed quote based on your specific needs.

What happens if an appliance fails a PAT test?

As a result of an appliance failing a PAT test, you should immediately take it out of use. Then arrange for it to be repaired or replaced. SEPAT can provide you with advice on the best course of action.

How can I schedule a PAT test with SEPAT?

You can contact SEPAT by phone, email, WhatsApp, or through our website to schedule a PAT test. We will work with you to determine the best time and testing schedule for your needs.

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