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Portable appliance testing – busting the myths

Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use.

There are many myths about PAT.

However, the HSE has a set of frequently asked questions to find the key facts about the inspection and testing of portable electrical equipment.

You can download the leaflet Maintaining portable electric equipment in low-risk environments.

It sets out simple and sensible precautions you should take to prevent danger from portable or movable electrical equipment.

The CIP Construction H&S Manual contains guidance on PAT Testing and general advice on electrical safety on construction sites.

You can also visit the HSE website for more information on portable appliance testing.