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Portable Appliance Testing

Portable appliance testing is a physical inspection that gives you peace of mind that all electrical items are in a good and
safe working condition.

  • All engineers are uniformed and carry ID.
  • All engineers have full DBS certificate.
  • Our engineers work with you to minimise disruption.
  • Any item that fails will be labelled and brought to your attention.
  • All items that pass will labelled with a new testing date.

What’s involved?
Before testing any electrical appliance, we will carry out a visual inspection to make sure that items are safe and fit for their purpose. The appliance will be tested and should it fail our test, the appliance will need to be isolated and labelled ‘EQUIPMENT NOT TO BE USED’.

We will inform you of any dangerous item. Our engineer and your representative will sign a certificate confirming the failed items. Items that fail an inspection need to be repaired or replaced by you.

What are the laws and regulations?
Electrical safety in the workplace is paramount and the relevant documents that concern electrical maintenance are:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act 1974
  • Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
  • Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  • Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
  • The Housing Act 2004 (England and Wales)
  • The Housing (Scotland) Act 2006
  • The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994

What types of electrical equipment get tested?

Testing of electrical equipment are as follows:

  • Portable Appliances or Equipment such as:
    Extension leads and chords
    All items that are 18kg or under in weight
  • Movable Appliances or Equipment on wheels that weigh 18kg or less such as:
    Air conditioning units
    Electric compressors
  • Hand held appliances or equipment such as:
    Hedge cutters
    Hair dryers
  • Stationary appliances or equipment such as:
    Vending machines
    Large printers
    Forklift truck charging units
  • Fixed equipment or appliances such as:
    Toilet hand dryers
    Appliances that are fixed to a switch or unswitched fuse spur.


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Portable Appliance Testing

1 to 50 items – £50 + VAT

  • Over 50 items, 85p per item.


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