All about PAT (Portable Appliance Testing)

As the owner or manager of a business, you may need to think about PAT testing as part of your health and safety obligations, but there’s no need to worry – for most businesses the requirement and be taken care of simply and conveniently by a qualified electrical contractor.

At 007 we take care of the routine testing and inspection of portable appliances for a wide range of clients in Coventry, Kenilworth, Leamington Spa, Stratford Upon Avon and Rugby. An electrician can usually complete the process with limited disruption to your business, and will ensure that all necessary records and paperwork are completed too.

What is a PAT test?

A standard in-service test may include: a preliminary visual inspection, earth continuity tests, insulation tests, and an appliance functionality check. A label must be fixed to the appliance with a record of when the test was carried out, the status of the appliance, and a unique ID code for the equipment.

Do I need to think about PAT testing?

In simple terms, you have to have appliances tested under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work act, if:

  • Employees use appliances
  • Appliances are used by the public, for example in gyms, hotels or shops
  • Your business hires out or supplies appliances
  • You repair or service appliances.

The frequency and level of testing required will depend on the degree of risk. The requirement may be bigger where there is more risk of the appliance becoming faulty.

If you want to find out more about the obligation the act places on your business, get in touch with us for more detailed information.


If you are a landlord you will need to have the appliances you supply as part of the accommodation. This only applies to mains appliances and covers items such as cookers, TVs and white goods, such as fridges and washing machines. Ask about our service providing PAT testing for landlords: we can ensure you are 100% compliant with minimal inconvenience and at competitive rates.