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PAT Testing Edinburgh

Updated: Apr 13, 2019

If you are looking for PAT testing based in Edinburgh then give us a call. We spend 50% of our time performing PAT testing in Edinburgh with the other 50% in and around the Lothians.

Although we carry out a visual inspection and electronic PAT testing of the appliances it is also recommended that the user of the appliance performs user checks regularly looking for signs of external damage.

If these user checks turn out to be satisfactory and no faults found they do not need to be recorded.

To help users of portable electrical appliances we have listed some examples of applications and the recommended duration of when users checks should be carried out.

Portable Appliance User Checks

Office : Weekly

Hotel : Weekly

School: Weekly

Equipment Used By Public : Before Use

Industrial Applications : Before Use

There are six main category types when PAT Testing which we have listed below:

S = Stationary equipment

IT = Information technology equipment

M = Movable equipment

P = Portable equipment

H = Hand-held equipment

F = Fixed Equipment

When we carry out PAT testing on any of the above appliances they need a label applied to them after the results are obtained.

The label requires the date testing took place, an indication of whether the appliance passed or failed the safety test and finally the appliance ID or equipment number. Surprisingly there is no need for a re-test date however we know that a lot of companies still offer this and customers often want it to remind them when they are due to be re-tested.

The other thing we look out for is that any appliances under 700w are fitted with a 3amp fuse in their plug top as often this isn't the case and often users have fitted with 13amp fuse instead. The main appliances we find this situation is lamps either in a landlord's property or in the workplace.

When testing your appliances an Earth continuity and Insulation test are carried out. Also a polarity test is carried out on any extension leads.

If you are still unsure, have questions or need more information regarding PAT testing. The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) have a great guidance page regarding PAT Testing which can be found by clicking on this link

To book your PAT Testing in Edinburgh call 07570 080429 or email

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