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PAT Testing

PAT Testing

PAT testing ensures that electrical items are suitable for purpose and safe to use. T&R Sutton can test your electrical appliances at a time that suits you, then provide certification and a detailed report with any areas of concern.


We’re fully trained with City & Guilds 2377-22 for Portable Appliance Testing and dedicated to friendly, personal service. From commercial clients to landlords across Hampshire, we’ll make sure you’re completely safe and compliant.


At T&R Sutton, we provide professional PAT testing throughout the Solent area. From Southampton to Portsmouth, we’re committed to delivering the same first-rate service that keeps your electrical items safe and puts your mind at ease.


Our PAT testing services start with a free, no-obligation quote that’s tailored to your requirements. Once your appointment is booked, we’ll complete the work at the agreed date and time with full communication throughout the process.


Fully trained, qualified and uniformed, our PAT testers will test all eligible items at your commercial or residential property. Items that are safe to use will be clearly labelled, along with a detailed test certificate outlining any issues or further work required.

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What is PAT Testing?


Portable appliance testing (PAT testing or PA testing) is the process where electrical appliances are routinely checked to ensure they are safe to use. This is achieved by carrying out a series of visual and electrical tests.


What are the hazards?


There are many forms of Electrical Hazards with the potential to cause electric shock or fire. Common types of electrical hazards from electrical appliances include:


  • Exposed electrical parts

  • Improper earthing

  • Damaged wire insulation

  • Incorrect fuse size


What are the requirements?


PAT testing regulations require that all landlords, employers and even self-employed individuals make sure that their portable electrical appliances are safe and suitable and used for the purposes intended. These appliances should always be maintained properly and remain in good working order.


Although there is no set rule on PAT testing frequency, only that testing should be done regularly to ensure preventative maintenance, however, there are recommendations:


Offices, Shops and Hotels – Class 1 equipment including stationary and IT equipment should be tested every 48 months. Moveable equipment such as extension leads and portable equipment should be tested every 24 months. Handheld equipment should be tested every 12 months.


Schools – All Class 1 equipment in schools should be PAT tested every 12 months. Class 2 equipment should be tested every 48 months.


Public Use Equipment – Stationary and IT equipment such as computers should be tested every 12 months. Moveable, Portable and Handheld equipment falling into Class 2 should be tested every 12 months. Moveable, Portable and Handheld equipment falling into Class 1 should be tested every 6 months.


Construction – All 110V equipment used on construction sites should be tested every 3 months.

Industrial – All industrial sites, including commercial kitchens should have Portable and Handheld equipment tested every 6 months. Stationary, IT and Moveable equipment should be tested every 12 months.


Who should carry out PAT testing?


The regulations deem that any competent person can perform PAT testing by using a PAT instrument or tester. The visual examination of each appliance in addition to the actual PAT test should be performed only by someone who is deemed competent.


According to PAT testing legislation, a competent person is someone who has experience or knowledge of being able to check and test appliances for safety purposes. Those with knowledge of electricity in general as well as anyone who has experience in electrical work can be deemed capable.


Electrical work must only be carried out by a competent person who has experience or knowledge of being able to check and test appliances, to avoid danger to themselves and others.


However, we would recommend getting a certified electrician to carry out the work to ensure that the work has been carried out correctly.


Our PAT Testing Service


We provide a per-item cost for a number of appliances. The per-item price can vary depending on the number of appliances there are to test.


Upon completion of the portable appliance inspection and testing, we will provide a report that details the following:


  • An inventory containing each appliance type, name, and location

  • A full set of test results for each appliance tested

  • A full list of any failed items with an explanation of their failure

  • A visible pass or fail label on each appliance detailing the inspection date

Get in contact with our electricians

To get in touch with one of our specialist electricians regarding our commercial and domestic electrical services, call us on 07801 768651 or email

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