Cambridge Electrical offers PAT Testing for Businesses, Landlords, Agents, Students and Traders who are required to comply with The Health & Safety Act (1974). Our staff are directly employed fully qualified electricians able to complete PAT Testing to the highest standard with the minimum of fuss and inconvenience.

Who can Cambridge Electrical help and why?

Businesses – A PAT Test is an essential part of any businesses Health & Safety Policy. The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) requires; All employers in the UK are to ensure that work equipment is both safe and fit for purpose. For this to be achieved a PAT Test should be carried out on higher risk equipment.

Landlords or Agents – All Landlords who let their property as a business activity are required by law to ensure the electrical installation (EICR) and electrical equipment they supply with the tenancy is safe. The Electrical Equipment Regulations 1994 requires that all mains electrical equipment including white goods, cookers, toasters, etc. provided in rental accommodation regardless of whether they are new or second hand must be safe. It is strongly advised that the equipment is inspected and PAT tested BEFORE the start of any new let.

Students PAT Testing – If you are a student living away from home in rented accommodation, you may be required to have your electrical appliances tested in order to allow you to stay at your chosen residence. It is the responsibility of your landlord to ensure that electrical items are safe to use and as such, it is becoming increasingly common for landlords to request proof that your own electrical items are safe prior to their use within their rented property.

Tenant/Student Notice: For insurance purposes while it is highly likely that they may have already tested permanent electrical fixtures within the property you may be required to do the same for your appliances. Your insurance may be invalid in the event of any claim without evidence of a valid Pat test.

For more information or to arrange a PAT test please call us now on 01223 430 430


Q. Is Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) compulsory?

A. No. The law simply requires an employer to ensure that their electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent danger. It does not say how this should be done or how often. Employers should take a risk-based approach, considering the type of equipment and what it is being used for. If it is used regularly and moved a lot e.g. a floor cleaner or a kettle, testing (along with visual checks) can be an important part of an effective maintenance regime giving employers confidence that they are doing what is necessary to help them meet their legal duties.

Q. I’ve been told that, by law, I must have my portable electrical appliances tested every year. Is this correct?

A. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. However, the Regulations do not specify what needs to be done, by whom or how frequently

Q. How frequently do I need to test my electrical appliances?

The frequency of inspection and testing depends upon the type of equipment and the environment it is used in. For example, a power tool used on a construction site should be examined more frequently than a table or bedside lamp in a hotel bedroom. For guidance on suggested frequencies of inspection and testing, have a look at the following HSE documents:

If you are unsure about the type of equipment and frequency of testing please contact us