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Portable Appliance Inspection & Testing

In order to comply with the Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety Order) 2005, companies and commercial industries have to take responsibility for preventing fires within the property and reducing the risk of fires and serious electrical accidents.

Electricity Works Act

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is instructed by the Electricity Works Act Regulation 4 (2). This involves the regular inspection of electrical appliances. The testing includes a visual inspection, which is one of the most important to ensure the appliance is not damaged, but also inspected by a Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) meter. The meter determines the appliance is electrically safe by checking its earth continuity, insulation resistance and polarity of wiring. The checks are to be carried out by authorised professionals and are designed to show whether or not the appliance is safe to use within a commercial setting.

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If you would like to find out more about portable appliance inspection and testing and how Fire Safety Services can help you and your business, call our sales team on 08000 234114 or complete the form for a call back:

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Shocking statistics

Each year, around 1000 workplace accidents occur in the UK which involve some kind of electric shock or burns. On average, around 30 of these are fatal. In addition, electrical faults in appliances are the second largest cause of fire within domestic, industrial and commercial properties in the UK.

Frequency of testing

Fire Safety Services provides an organised managed risk analysis for the frequency of testing devised from three simple questions:

  1. Where are the appliances used? e.g. kitchen, workshop, office.
  2. Who uses the appliances? e.g. children, adults.
  3. What types of appliances are on site? e.g. handheld, computer.

Portable Appliance Inspection and testing

Fire Safety Services PAT technicians are certified to a minimum City & Guilds 2377 and are all directly employed and CRB/DBS cleared. All technicians wear uniforms with photo ID passes. We are audited via third-party accreditation to ensure a high-quality service that meet client expectations.

Report inventories are electronic PDF/Excel format and can be used for budget forecasting over the frequency testing contract term if required.

Remedial works

If required, we can carry out remedial works on site including changing a fuse, plug and re-terminating cable.

*For a full list of acronyms and terms please see our glossary of terms.

More about Portable Appliance Testing on our blog

Our blog is designed to give you a greater understanding about fire safety and how our services can help you. All of our blog posts are written by members of our team who have vast experience in specific aspects of fire safety, so you can be sure that the information you are reading comes from a qualified source.

For posts specifically about portable appliance testing – click here


Regional Coverage

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East Anglia

Covering: East Anglia & South East

East Midlands

Covering: East Midlands, North East & Scotland

West Midlands

Covering: West Midlands, South West, North West & Scotland


Covering: South & London

Our products & services extend to everything you require to keep your business compliant with todays legislations:

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