PAT, also known as Portable Appliance Testing, is a preventive action that identifies unsafe and ineffective operations before they occur. It involves testing electrical equipment with detachable leads and plugs. In Australia, it’s called Test & Tag. The purpose of PAT is to ensure safety from electrical shocks and fires due to faulty appliances, comply with Occupational, Health & Safety regulations, and ensure appliances operate efficiently.
The frequency of PAT testing depends on the type of device and the environment in which it’s being used. Testing should be more frequent if the device is used in a harsh environment or heavily used. Different types of tests are conducted during PAT, including Leakage Current Test, Insulation Resistance Test, Type Test, Bond Test, Earth Resistance Test, Earth Continuity Test, Screen Test, Polarity Test, and RCD Trip Time Test. It’s recommended that homeowners and landlords conduct regular PAT testing to protect their families and tenants from danger.
At Testel, our qualified technicians can carry out all PAT testing within your workplace or home, minimising any hassle. Contact us via phone or email to arrange for a Portable Appliance Testing service with one of our qualified technicians.
With headquarters in Adelaide and multiple offices across the nation we can assist with all your safety testing requirements.