Pat Test Labels

Portable appliance testing (commonly known as “PAT”, “PAT Inspection” or “PAT Testing”) is a process in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, New Zealand and Australia by which electrical appliances are routinely checked for safety. The correct term for the whole process is “in-service inspection & testing of electrical equipment.” Here at Gilly Print we supply labels for this purpose.

What is portable appliance testing?

Health and Safety regulations require that electrical appliances are safe to prevent harm to workers. Many types of equipment require testing at regular intervals to ensure safety. The interval between tests depends on both the type of appliance and the environment it is used in.  The PAT test sticker on theTypical PAT test pass label piece of equipment details the last recorded test and due date.  Also recorded is the appliance identification number so a log and history can be developed.

Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing. However, it is essential to understand that visual examination is still an essential part of the process complementing the standard testing of electrical safety defects.Typical PAT test fail label

A relatively brief user check (based upon simple training and perhaps assisted by the use of a brief checklist) can be a very useful part of any electrical maintenance regime. However, more formal visual inspection and testing by a competent person may also be required at appropriate intervals, depending upon the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used.  Once tested the PAT test label is signed to identify who passed the equipment last. It can also be useful if the sticker or label is tamper-proof, especially if the equipment has failed the PAT test.

We can provide off-the-shelf labels or fully customised or personalised PAT labels for any volume.


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