What is PAT Testing?

PAT testing is a series of tests carried out on portable appliances to assess their operational safety and the safety of those who are operating the equipment.
It is a legal requirement in Ireland. Any electrical appliance that can be unplugged and moved to a different location needs to be PAT tested.

For example:

Office appliances – computers, laptops, photocopiers, printers, cables, chargers.
Canteen equipment – coffee machines, microwaves, dishwashers.
Workshop equipment – drills, leads, angle grinders, chargers, cables, power tools.
Fixed/White goods appliances – fridges, freezers, kitchen equipment.
IT appliances – computer screens, printers, laptops, chargers.
Hand Held appliances.

Is PAT Testing a Legal Requirement in Ireland?

Legal Requirement

Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act (2007) in Ireland, it is mandatory to have all portable electrical appliances periodically tested to ensure they are safe for use.

Insurance Requirement

Most Irish insurers are insisting that portable electrical devices are tested for risk of electrical shock but also for risk of fire caused by faulty appliances.

Staff Safety

Companies that care for their employees and their safety at work are providing for pat Testing to ensure that staff who come into contact with live equipment are not at risk of electrical shock.

If would want to know who needs to get PAT testing done and how often?

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