PAT testers, or portable appliance testers, are specialised testing devices that are essential for checking electrical devices for faults in a wide range of working environments. PAT testing equipment will provide a pass or fail for the appliance you are testing immediately, so you know it's safe to use. By using the appropriate type of PAT tester, you can identify potential electrical risks, mitigate hazards, and meet regulatory requirements. By purchasing a reliable PAT tester, you can protect both employees and your business, and help maintain a reputation for upholding high safety standards. You can find more information in our guide to PAT testing equipment.
Why do I need to use a PAT Tester?Portable appliance testers play a vital role in ensuring electrical safety and compliance. A lot of electrical safety issues can and are detected by visually examining the appliances, but some will only be found by PAT testing. By testing your portable devices by visual inspection and with a tester designed for the purpose, the risk of potential safety problems such as shock and appliance failure are reduced. PAT testers can be calibrated to ensure maximum safety, as they can deviate from the manufacturer's settings. RS offer a UKAS calibrated service as well as our very own calibrated approval (RSCAL) for pinpoint readings.
How often do portable electrical appliances need to be tested?PAT testing is a key component of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, which requires employers or the self-employed to do anything that is 'reasonably practical' to protect people from harm. The regulation does not specify the frequency of the testing. In general, the frequency of PAT testing depends on factors including they type of appliance, the environment it is used in, and the level of risk associated with its usage.
PAT Tester Types?Deciding on the right PAT testing machine for your needs, you should first think about what you will be testing. Different models offer testing on different equipment. Some PAT testers can be used for Class I and Class II appliances, power leads, extension leads and RCDs. Many models include one-touch testing to return a pass or fail result, which can increase the number of tests that can be done in one day. You must also consider what voltages you are testing when selecting the right PAT tester.
Why choose RS for a PAT Tester?RS offers a great range of PAT Testing Equipment and PAT Testing Kits, from market-leading brands such as Fluke, Megger and Seaward. RS has technical advisers on hand to provide you information not only on the product, but our calibrated service. All of our products are available for next day delivery.