The Handbook of Portable Appliance Testing is a practical work that gives sensible
answers to the sort of questions faced by most people undertaking PAT testing. It
is intended to be much easier to understand than the IEE Code of Practice.
It strikes a balance between giving enough technical background where necessary,
and easy to follow practical advice in implementing a PAT testing scheme. For example
someone wanting to undertake PAT testing using a PASS/FAIL PAT Tester need only read
through the Overview, Planning and Doing the Work sections to get started. If they
come across any appliances that they are not quite sure how to test, then a quick
look within the Test Examples section should provide an answer.
Starting and Running a PAT Testing Business
PAT testing as a business seems to be attractive to many people. Most people have
come across it in their working life, it seems fairly easy to do and generates a
reasonable income. It also has the added benefits of something that companies have
to do (to meet their Health & Safety obligations) and has the possibility of repeat
business every year. At the in-depth PAT course that we regularly run at First Stop
Safety, we get many delegates intent on starting their own PAT testing business.
On the course they learn all the technical skills necessary to provide the service
to their customers. They also get a grounding on managing the system and the required
paperwork. However there is more to running a successful PAT testing business than
attending a course. A successful business needs to take many other things into consideration
such as pricing, competition, marketing, customer service and the boring bits such
IEE Code of Practice for PAT Testing
This "Code of Practice" has been revised to reflect current best practice. It gives
guidance to those responsible for the inspection, testing and maintenance of electrical
appliances. The text specifies the frequency and scope of inspections and testing
in different environments. The new revision is printed in colour and includes many
drawings aimed at helping to identify common problems.