Portable appliance testing aims to prevent electrical injury, such as electric shock, burns and fires of electrical origin. But what is considered “best practice” when it comes to PAT Testing?
Best practice on PAT Testing is drawn from the UK Code of Practice for in-service inspection & testing of portable equipment. The code should be used as a guideline, as it offers technical guidance on all aspects of Portable Appliance testing. The UK Code of Practice for in-service inspection & testing of portable equipment offers information on everyday problems associated with recommended test procedure, the frequency at which to test appliances, as well as offering information on equipment classification and construction.
Earlier in 2008, the ETCI – Electro Technical Council of Ireland, published *ETCI-215 as a first step towards an Irish Code of Practice. Less descriptive, it uses very general terminology to offer advice, in contrast to the UK Code of Practice which sets out parameters to be followed or used as guidance.
PAT Testing Best Practice
PAT Testing best practice addresses the following:
- What electrical equipment is on site?
- What is the risk and how is it best managed?
- The IEE Code of Practice recommends a regime of electrical equipment inspection and test
- Statutory Instrument 299 requires test records to be recorded for up to 5 years
If you are interested in attending a PAT Test Course to learn from an expert on a one-to-one level, take a look at our PAT training courses. PAT Test Courses can be carried out the comfort of your office, or at our premises. Courses can be booked as group booking or individual sessions.