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PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING (PAT)

Irish Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Applications) Regulations require that electrical appliances to ensure the safety and welfare of both employees and customers and visitors to the site. PAT Testing involves periodic inspection of portable electrical equipment by a competent electrician to ensure that devices are safe and without risk of  electric shock or worse, causing a fire.

PAT testing includes a visual inspection of portable electrical devices including cables and plugs, followed by specialist electronic testing to ensure the integrity of the appliance insulation. A detailed electronic report and certificate of conformance is providing following completion of PAT testing.

What is involved?

Our team of SAFE registered Electricians will complete an in depth survey of your commercial premises, creating a full inventory of relevant electrical equipment. Each appliance will be testing in accordance with it’s requirements to ensure it meets the electrical standards required and that they match those at the time of manufacture.

A concise record of all tests are then created which will include mapping and labelling of every appliance. Submit each portable appliance to the appropriate sequence of tests.

Does PAT Testing apply to your business?

As the owner, manager or occupier of place of work or residential complex, you are legally required under the Irish Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (General Applications) Regulations to ensure that PAT testing is carried out throughout your premises.

Maintenance

The onus to carry out PAT Testing is on owner / employer who bears full responsibility. To comply with HSA regulations, records must be kept for at least five years for random spot checks carried out by the HSA.  The frequency of inspection depends on the type, nature and work environment of the equipment and our team of certified Electricians in Xenon can advise you with regard to your own needs and obligations.

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