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OVERVIEW OF PAT TESTING



This is a brief introduction to Portable Appliance Testing and why you should consider having your equipment tested.

Although it is not the law it is a requirement for all electrical items which are connected to the mains, within a publicly operated premise, to be tested for electrical safety. All associated items are classed as Class 1 and Class 2, Class 1 items are those which have an earth connection. Any item which falls into either category must be tested. Prior to any test a visial inspection is carried out for any wear and tear which could pose a threat to electrical exposure. At the end of each inspection and test, all items will be affixed with either a pass or fail label. Items are tested on an annual basis and provided 12 months before retest is due. For items that fail advice and recommendations for possible repair will be provided.

The photos below demonstrates Martin using his PAT meter to carry out a Class 1 test on his own soldering iron for illustration purposes.
Martin uses a fully calibrated Seaward PrimeTest 100 meter to conduct his PAT duties.








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