James Brown AV

Portable Appliance Testing

Covering Thanet, Canterbury & London

I hear all too often of contractors ill advising clients that their equipment MUST be checked every 12 months. This is correct - only half of the time. The IET set out very clear recommendations for check cycles. This will usually involve a standard visual check, that any manager or trained worker can perform, between formal PAT tests of devices. All items tested by myself will be recorded in a report document, noting the location, device type and next check date. At the front of the report, you will see clearly when each item is required for a visual check or a combined visual & PAT test. This keeps you in the know and will also allow you to complete the checks at the intervals prescribed by the IET. They recommend that some visuals are conducted at 3 month intervals and some equipment PAT tested at 4 year intervals. Internal Risk Assessments may deem a more regular test and inspection - however, I will not recommend to any person/business to stray away from the IET's recommendations.

What does a PAT test consist of?

A visual inspection will look for:

  • Damaged cables/flexes
  • Damaged plugs & equipment (burn marks, cracked covers)
  • Correctly wired plugs / BS1363(A) Conformity - Conterfeits will be removed. Moulded Chinese counterfeits are a prime example. More of these were found and removed from service in 2018 alone than all the years previous that I have been testing for combined
  • Correctly rated fuse

Then a series of electrical tests (depending on the class of equipment)

  • Earth continuity testing
  • Insulation resistance
  • Polarity test
  • Earth leakage test


PAT Testing Packages

Office Package 1 - £80 - up to 50 items
Office Package 2 - £150 - up to 100 items

Larger businesses are most welcome to enquire about daily rates & ongoing maintenance plans.

Fee covers replacement fuses, an itemised report & certificate! (replacement plug tops each incur a £1.50 charge)

Smaller businesses are not forgotten - AV rental companies, Bootfairers, Stall Traders, Landlords, Self employed, Trades & Construction Companies call now to discuss flexible trade deals...

What is deemed a portable appliance?

A portable appliance is any cable or device that is powered between 40V & 240V, that is connected to the electrical mains via a plug. Most devices in the UK will be connected via a standard 13 Amp BS1363 plug. 16 & 32A CEE Form connectors are also to be tested in kitchens / constructions sites / stages etc., along with any industrial 3 phase / 415V, 16/32A single & multi-phase connectors. James is equipped for all businesses.

Do I have to get my equipment PAT tested?

The law states that all equipment must be in a safe condition and fit for use. See Regulation 4 (2) of the Electricity At Work Regulations 1989. With a regular maintenance schedule in place, PAT Testing ensures that all equipment is safe and fit for use by employees and customers. The Health & Safety At Work Act 1974 stipulates that all employers have a legal duty to provide safe plant equipment and that every employer must ensure that equipment is well maintained, in efficient working order and good repair.

Can PAT Testing affect insurance cover?

Insurance companies assume that when providing a business insurance cover, the owners of that business are complying with all regulations necessary. An insurance company may reduce, delay or even refuse to pay on a claim for damage if an appliance that has not been tested has caused the damage. Check the details on your policy today if you are unsure; better to know now rather than find out later when a claim is needed!

Will the testing be disruptive?

During PAT testing, disruption is minimised as far as possible by way of only disconnecting items as and when they are tested. Critical systems and server locations will need to be discussed prior to work undertaken. Working outside of operating hours is also possible, please call for details.