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PAT Testing Frequency

When visiting clients we often get asked the question;

“How often does my equipment need PAT testing?”

The common misconception is that it needs carrying out once a year. Another is that it doesn’t need carrying out at all! So which is it?
Well, neither are true and there are many things to consider before you decide how regular to test your appliances. Before you do, you can read our guides towards PAT testing and the law and fire & insurance requirements to give yourself some background knowledge.

If you’re happy that you satisfy these, then the IEE (Institute of Electrical Engineers) have published a code of conduct. Within the document, which was last revised in November 2012, it contains guidelines as to how often your equipment should be tested. We’ve broken this down into handy sections so that you can work out what will be most suitable for your business needs. You can find it located at the link below.

PAT Testing Frequency Guide

Charlie McCluskey

I'm a fully qualified PAT test engineer based in Derby. While I'm travelling the country carrying out PAT testing for companies of all sizes, I comment on regular issues that I find along the way to help demystify portable appliance testing.

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