Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to make sure they are safe to use.

There are many common myths about PAT – use our frequently asked questions to find the facts about inspecting and testing this type of equipment.

Our leaflet Maintaining portable electric equipment in low-risk environments is free to download and sets out simple and sensible precautions you should take to prevent danger from portable or movable electrical equipment.

HSE’s website has further guidance on electrical safety at work.

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