FAQs/Reviews

 

These are just a few common PAT testing questions.
We cannot anticipate all of your PAT testing or PAT training questions but please feel free to call or email us.

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Q. What is PAT testing?

A. Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing. However, it is essential to understand that visual examination is an essential part of the process because some types of electrical safety defect can’t be detected by testing alone. It is therefore essential that both a Visual Inspection and an Electrical test using a PAT test machine are carried out.

Q. Do I need City & Guilds to PAT Test?

A. The IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment requires that testing be carried out by a ‘competent person’. Quick Test can train you to be competent in PAT testing. We run PAT training courses at various locations throughout the country or at your premises.

Q. Why do I have to PAT test?

A. It is your legal obligation to ensure the safety of electrical appliances in your workplace. A PAT tester will carry out certain tests for you but should go hand in hand with visual inspections. To find out more read the Quick Test Practical Guide to In-House PAT testing

 

Q.  Why choose PAT testing equipmentfrom Quick Test?

A. Well firstly because we are experts and because we have designed the microPAT tester withYouthe user in mind. The microPAT is easy to use and therefore suitable for use by non electricians but we have not compromised on performance.

Q.  Do I have to be an electrician to PAT test?

A. You must be competent to undertake the task. Ideally training of some kind might be helpful. Quick Test can hold a PAT training Course for you or you can self learn with the Practical Guide to In-House PAT testing book.

Q.  Do I have to attend a PAT training course to carry out PAT testing?

A. But you must be competent to undertake the task. A good User Manual for your portable appliance tester is a must. The microPAT is supplied with a comprehensive User Manual. You can self learn with theQuick Test Practical Guide to In-House PAT testing book.

 

Q. What PAT Testing Qualifications are needed?

A. The IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment requires that testing be carried out by a ‘competent person’. Quick Test can train you to be competent in PAT testing. We run PAT training courses at various locations throughout the country or at your premises.

Q. Do I need a PAT Testing Certificate?

A. The IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment requires that testing be carried out by a ‘competent person’. Quick Test can train you to be competent in PAT testing. We run PAT training courses at various locations throughout the country or at your premises.

Q. What type of PAT testing equipment is suitable for non electricians to use?

A. A PASS/FAIL tester is suitable for use by someone with no or limited electrical skills. The microPAT tester falls into this category.

 

Q. Do all appliances have to be PAT tested every 12 months?

A. No. Some appliances need testing more often and some less often. On the Quick PAT Test training course we will teach you how to determine the frequency of inspection and test. Alternatively we have the Practical Guide to PAT testing book priced at just £20. This 30 page fully illustrated book is the perfect way to learn how to carry out your own PAT testing.

Q. I have been told that the PAT test machine must give readings and these must be recorded. Is this correct?

A. No. The requirement is to record if the appliance has passed or failed the relevant tests.

Q. What tests do PAT test machines do?

A. PAT testers will test for Earth Continuity and Insulation Resistance. The Quick Test microPAT tester will also perform a Polarity test on extension leads and IEC leads (kettle leads) and unlike most PASS/FAIL testers in this price range the microPAT tester can correctly carry out the Insulation Resistance test on surge protected extension leads. The Quick Test microPAT can also perform a self calibration test, this will tell you your machine is measuring correctly between formal calibrations.

 

Q. Am I responsible if a fault happens after I’ve inspected and passed an item of equipment?

A. You are only responsible while the equipment is in your charge. You cannot be held responsible for what someone else does with the equipment.

Q. What if the rating plate is damaged / illegible?

A. If you have an absolutely identical piece of equipment you can use the information from that. If the rating plate is in tact the first time you see the equipment, but subsequently becomes damaged or defaced, that is ok provided you are certain it is the same piece of equipment. If it is a high value item of equipment, and you have doubts about the rating plate, a qualified electrician could make the decision, providing they provide written evidence to certify that they have made that decision, and that they are legally responsible for the information being correct.

Q. Can I repair faulty equipment?

A. Repairs must only be carried out by someone qualified to do so.

 

Q. If I sell electrical goods, do they need pat testing?

A. All electrical goods whether donated or for sale must be sold in a safe working condition. A visual inspection can go some way to achieving this but only a PAT test can tell you if the item is electrically sound.

Q. Can I sell an appliance that has failed a PAT test?

A. No. Electrical appliances must be sold in a safe condition and fitted with a 3 pin plug with insulated pins.

Q. Is a 13amp fuse safer than a 3 amp fuse?

A. The fuse is determined by the information given on the rating plate. A 3 or 5amp fuse should not be changed to a 13amp fuse.

 

Q. Why don’t I need to do a separate test on a detachable kettle lead?

A. Both the lead and the appliance have to be inspected. The testing carried out by the PAT test machine will test both if the lead is plugged into the appliance.

Q. Why don’t I need to do a separate test on a detachable kettle lead?

A. Both the lead and the appliance have to be inspected. The testing carried out by the PAT test machine will test both if the lead is plugged into the appliance.

Q. If I get a failure on an appliance with a detachable lead, how can I find where the fault is?

A. The lead can be tested separately in this case. The appliance could be tested using another lead.

 

Q. Do I have to PAT test new appliances?

A. New appliances can be regarded as having being tested by the manufacturer. A visual inspection should always be carried out before an appliance is put into service and also added to the equipment register.

Q. Are all extension leads 13amp.

A. No. You should always check the rating plate of an extension lead to make sure it is suitable for its intended use.

Q. How much equipment can I plug into an extension lead?

A. There is no limit on the number of items, it is the total amount of power that is of concern.

 

Q. Why do all my extension leads FAIL on the Insulation Resistance test?

A. Check to see if the extension leads are surge protected. If they are then select the surge button on your tester. Not all testers have the facility to test surge protected extension leads. The microPAT tester does have this facility.

Q. If I cannot use insulation tape to carry out a repair, why is it sold?

A. Insulation tape cannot be used for any form of repair. Although it is called ‘insulation’ tape, that does not allow it to be used.

Q. Can I join a cable with a junction box?

A. No. You should never cut the damaged part of a cable out and re join it.

 

Q. I want to donate my businesses old PC’s to our local youth club. Do I have to PAT test them?

A. Yes. You must be sure the equipment you give away or sell is electrically safe.

Q. Someone has donated a sewing machine to our sewing circle which is held in our church hall. Does it need to be PAT tested?

A. Yes. If the equipment is to be used by members of the public or in a business, the HSE requirement is that it has to be maintained safely.

Q. Do landlords have to do PAT testing?

A. The Electrical Safety Council’s Guidance recommends portable appliance testing to satisfy the obligation to ensure that any portable electrical appliances which the landlord provides under the tenancy are safe at the point of letting, and at periodic intervals after that.