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PAT Testing in Scotland

Portable Appliance Testing is an essential part of a companies health and safety policy, and if you let out properties you are legally required to have appliances tested at regular intervals to ensure the safety of users, due to the frequency of appliances being used, these can become damaged or faulty.

EICR Scotland are experts in carrying out Portable Appliance Testing and all work is carried out by qualified electricians who can repair faults quickly and advise on the electrical safety of appliances in use.

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What is PAT Testing ?

PAT Testing is the term used to describe the process of testing

undertaken for all portable electrical appliances in order to

determine whether or not they are safe to use. 

For most landlords and business owners, visual inspections will

form the basis of the maintenance routine for electrical equipment,

supported by formal PAT testing at appropriate intervals. 

The length of time you should leave between PAT tests will be

dependent on several factors, including the type of equipment

being used, the regularity of use, and how old the equipment is. 

Why do I Need PAT Testing ?

As a landlord or business owner, it is your legal responsibility to ensure that all electrical equipment is

properly maintained in order to minimise the risk of danger for tenants and employees, it is therefore

advised for you to incorporate regular PAT testing into the maintenance schedule for your portable

electrical equipment. 

What Will the PAT Report Show? 

The PAT report will have an itemised list of every electrical appliance within the property that requires

testing, this will also include test results and a PASS or FAIL, and notes of any issues found.

Should PAT testing be done annually?

There are guidelines surrounding the frequency of which you should have your electrical appliances

PAT tested, however these are not legally enforceable, we have outlined some best practices for PAT

testing in various industries in the sections below. 

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 outline that any electrical equipment that has the potential to

cause injury is properly maintained for safe usage.

These regulations do not specify what needs to be done, by whom, or how frequently. These details are to be decided upon at the discretion of the landlord or employer. 

Are repairs included in the cost of a PAT ?

If there are any minor repairs that can be repaired quickly, we can carry this out as part of the PAT to ensure a Satisfactory report, however this is down to our discretion and repairs are not included in the cost.

A PAT is a thorough inspection and testing process only which will highlight any defects which may give

rise to danger, and remedial works required will be quoted for.


How frequently should I have my electrical appliances PAT tested?

There are a number of factors which should be taken into consideration when planning your testing schedule, including: 


  • The type of equipment being used (portable, handheld or transportable) 

  • The class of the equipment in use (Class I or Class II) 

  • The frequency of use (continuous, infrequent, etc.) 

  • How old the equipment is 

  • How often the equipment is moved around 

  • The professional competence of the people using the equipment 

  • The environment the equipment is used in (outdoors, construction sites, hazardous atmospheres, etc.) 

  • The result of previous PAT tests 

  • The guidelines and recommendations provided by the manufacturer 

  • Whether or not the equipment has ever been modified or repaired  

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