Electrical Testing & PAT Testing

Smith & Byford carry out PAT testing across all portable electrical appliances for safe operation of equipment to avoid the risk of faults and potential fire or electrocution hazards.

What is PAT Testing?

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to check these are safe to use. Although most defects can be identified visually some defects can only be identified through testing. An electric appliance may be classed as 'reportable' if connected to the mains by way of a flexible lead and plug. Electrical Appliances can include anything from TV's, PC's, office equipment, power tools, fridges and kettles, amongst others.


The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, which came into force in 1990, imposes a duty on all people in the workplace (employers, employees, self-employed etc.) to take precautions against risk of injury or death arising out of the use of electrical equipment. Although no specific regulation is in force, it has become common practice for PAT testing to be carried out as part of a regular system of maintenance and inspection