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Frequencies for PAT TESTING 2018

Guidance notes of PAT Testing. Assessing the frequency of testing.

The Health & Safety Executive offers no absolute rules on the frequency of the testing and inspection of portable appliances. The Memorandum of Guidance on the Electricity at Work Regulations suggests that ‘regular inspection of equipment is an essential part of any preventative maintenance program’, but no attempt is made to specify the intervals of time implied by the word ‘regular’. The reason for this omission is obvious; different situations require different measures in order to meet the requirement that the danger is prevented. The factors which effect the frequency of testing must be assessed by the duty holder who thereby makes the judgement.

The following table shows the recommended times between tests, as laid out in the IEE guidance notes of PAT testing..

Type of PremisesType of EquipmentInspection by responsible personTesting by competent person
Commercial IT Equipment12 MONTHS12-24 MONTHS
Transportable12 MONTHS12-24 MONTHS
Portable6 MONTHS12-24 MONTHS
Hand Held6 MONTHS12 MONTHS
Industrial IT Equipment12 MONTHS12-24 MONTHS
Transportable12 MONTHS12-24 MONTHS
Portable6 MONTHS12-24 MONTHS
Hand Held3 MONTHS12 MONTHS
Office IT Equipment6 MONTHS12-24 MONTHS
Transportable6 MONTHS12-24 MONTHS
Portable6 MONTHS12-24 MONTHS
Hand Held3 MONTHS12 MONTHS
Construction TransportableBefore use3-12 MONTHS
PortableBefore use3-12 MONTHS
Hand HeldBefore use3 MONTHS

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