Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) for your Property

PAT or Portable Appliance Testing is performed to ensure the integrity of each appliance in a business or workplace. Employers and landlords have a duty to maintain safety in these spaces. PAT Testing is one of the ways to make sure appliances and electrical equipment are functioning properly and are not safety risks to their surroundings.  If you need testing done on your appliances, Prop Cert’s team of well trained electricians has worked with a wide variety of manufacturers and can give you reliable results and recommendations.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) for your Property

Two Tests

PAT essentially has two parts – a visual inspection and an electronic test. Both parts are necessary and fulfilling just one of them may leave out important information.

The visual inspection is carried out thoroughly and completely. At times, a potentially dangerous issue is only evident on the outside, like an exposed wire, for example. The electronic examination is done by passing signals through the appliance’s cable. Appropriate tools are needed for this. And like the first inspection, some problems can only be found on this second test.

Here are some of the hazards that testers watch out for:

  • Exposure to possible conductors that may cause electrocution
  • Current faults that may result in heat and fire
  • Intermittent connection which may also lead to fire

Two Tests


After PAT has been done, you will receive a list of all the appliances and equipment that were tested. It will include the results for each item. If there are items that failed or exhibited issues, the list will also include reasons and possibilities. The report will say when each appliance is due for another test.


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