PAT Testing

Reduce electrical risks with PAT testing

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 state that any electrical equipment that could cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. Faults can cause potentially fatal accidents, as well as costly equipment failure and damage to property.

Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the examination of electrical appliances to ensure they’re safe to use. Basic visual checks are not always enough, especially in high-risk environments. A competent person with the right knowledge, capabilities and tools is required for a comprehensive PAT test.

Site inspection

Combine mechanical equipment inspections with PAT testing

Engineer Surveyors from Hutcheon Examination Services are multi-disciplined and qualified to carry out electrical PAT testing as well as a range of mechanical equipment examinations.

By getting your PAT testing at the same time as your statutory mechanical equipment inspections, your organisation will benefit from:

  • Less on-site disruption – one convenient visit from a DBS-checked expert at a time that minimises impact on your productivity
  • Time savings – only one appointment to book, no need to show around multiple inspectors
  • Instant certification – we can print out the PAT pass sticker there and then

Fewer van journeys also means a reduced carbon footprint – helping you to meet your environmental objectives.

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Site inspection

What kinds of equipment requires PAT testing services?

  • Compressors
  • Chain Blocks
  • Phone Chargers
  • Tool Chargers
  • Power Tools
  • Extension Leads
  • Lap Top Leads
  • Kettles
  • Toasters
  • Radios

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All Engineer Surveyors from HESL hold a City & Guilds certificate for the inspection and testing of electrical equipment. Be confident that your PAT testing is being carried out to the highest standards of safety and compliance, every time.


Questions we frequently get asked

Is PAT & Electrical Testing a legal requirement?

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) states that, “The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. However, the Regulations do not specify what needs to be done, by whom or how frequently (i.e., they don't make inspection or testing of electrical appliances a legal requirement, nor do they make it a legal requirement to undertake this annually).

Employers should take a risk-based approach, considering the type of equipment and what it is being used for. If it is used regularly and moved a lot, testing (along with visual checks) can be an important part of an effective maintenance regime giving employers confidence that they are doing what is necessary to help them meet their legal duties.

For more guidance on suggested frequencies of inspection and testing, see ‘Maintaining portable and transportable electrical equipment’.

How often do I need to PAT Test equipment?

According to the HSE, the frequency of inspection and testing depends upon the type of equipment and the environment it is used in. For example, a power tool used on a construction site should be examined more frequently than a kettle in a school staff room.

For more guidance on suggested frequencies of inspection and testing, see ‘Maintaining portable and transportable electrical equipment’.

Arrange your examination and PAT test

Talk to our friendly Central Planning Department about combining PAT testing services with your LOLER, PUWER, CoSHH, and/or PSSR examinations and load testing in Hampshire, Berkshire , Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, London and the surrounding areas.

Even if your area isn't listed, please feel free to contact us and we'll be able to provide a quote.

Tel: 0118 981 1773


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I have had the pleasure of working alongside Hutcheon Examination Services for over a year now and I cannot fault their high end quality of work and professional attitude all mixed in with the personal time business approach to customer satisfaction. I have regular dealings with both Suzanne and Claire and my queries are always dealt with swiftly and efficiently. I know that I can rely on the admin team to ensure that the inspections are carried out within a timely manner and that we maintain compliance of our stock. I have also dealt with Peter and Lynne and every time an issue needs resolving, they have not disappointed. The feedback we have received from our residents is that the engineers are both friendly and informative about what they are doing. I would not hesitate in recommending HESL to any organisation. Thanks Team!
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