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Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, Regulation 4 (2) states: 'As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems (defined to include portable electrical equipment) shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger'. Essentially this means that duty holders are required to maintain portable electrical tools in a safe condition.
PAT can be carried out in house by a person with the correct equipment and competency. This one day course will provide delegates with the ability to use this test equipment properly and the ability to properly understand the test results.