Portable Appliance Testing (P.A.T. Testing)




Did you know the employer is 100% responsible to carry out P.A.T Testing?





Why Do We Need PAT Testing?

PAT Testing is an essential aspect of any company’s Health & Safety Policy. All employers are required to ensure the safety of staff members or visitors to their place of work, when it comes to electrical equipment within a business. We also test tools such as 110 volt drills for contractors working on various sites.  In the event of an accident relating to Portable Appliance in the workplace, an enquiry is normally launched by either Insurance Company or an Inspector of the HSA. 


Portable Appliance Testing ensures you comply with your legal obligations. PAT Testing is an easy and complete method of testing electrical appliances to ensure their safety, along with a correct maintenance schedule and stored test results. It is an Irish Law requirement under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Regulations, S.I 229 (2007) that all Irish Employers ensure portable equipment is maintained in a manner fit for use.


Main Reasons for PAT Testing: 

Comply with the law regulations S.I 229 (2007) 
Comply with some insurance company requirements
Protect the integrity and professionalism
Protect your company from possible court action 
Protect your employees
Protect visiting clients and public on your premises


Some Key Benefits of PAT Testing: 

Improved safety in the work place
Improved safety for the general public
Reduced insurance costs
Decrease in liability 
Keep track of your assets
Enhance preventative maintenance
Increase productivity through safe and reliable equipment 
Reduce legal risks for managers


Martin O'Neill Electrical is certified to test all Portable Appliances while providing a fast, reliable and professional service at a reasonable price to companies, educational institutions, restaurants, hotels, retail outlets, pubs, clubs, hair and beauty salons, the H.S.E and many other types of organisations and establishments. We also work along with management companies who have developed a great relationship with Martin O'Neill Electrical as we provide a fully managed service to each of their clients. 


What is Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Testing)?                                         


PAT Testing is a test carried out on an electrical portable appliance to confirm that it reaches the required standards and will not cause danger to members of staff, the public or customers of an establishment. 


A standard test of an appliance will include:

  •        Visual

  •       Insulation

  •        Touch Leakage

  •        Load and Earth Leakage

  •        Earth Bond

  •       Polarity

  •        Substitute Leakage

  •        Flash Test


What Appliances should be tested ?


All electrical appliances that either have a 13 amp plug top or that can be plugged into a 13amp socket.


Some of these appliances include:


  • Computers

  • Television

  • Photocopiers

  • Scanners

  • Kettles

  • Extension Leads

  • Portable Fans

  • Microwaves

  • Hoover

  • Printers

  • Toaster

  • Fridges    

To enquire about PAT Testing for your business, call us today on 091 700919 or send us an email.