What is EET (formally PAT testing)?

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition avoiding personal injuries and death from electrical equipment.

Electrical equipment testing (also known as PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use and that they don’t cause damage or injuries.

Generally a good part of electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination (i.e. visible damage to equipment or cables) but some types of defect can only be found by testing by a professional. 

Furthermore, it is essential to understand that visual examination is an essential part of the process because some types of electrical safety defect can’t be detected by testing alone.

Therefore it is essential to periodically carry out an electrical test of the equipment relying on professionals in the sector.

Is EET – PAT testing a legal requirement ?

The government has put regulations into place that pertain to the maintenance of electrical appliances and, the most effective way to ensure that these regulations are met is, above all through EET-PAT testing.

Currently, the legal requirements for EET – PAT Testing provide that you should carry out the test every 5 years.

Is EET-PAT testing a legal requirement for landlords?

The current UK legislation states that business and landlords must maintain electrical equipment in safe conditions.

Therefore Landlords need to provide for an EET – PAT testing every time tenants change or, in the circumstance of same tenants, it depends on the house conditions.

What certificate do Landlords need?

In order to rent the house landlords need to have the following certificates:

How often should I conduct an Electrical Equipment Test ?

It depends.

The requirements are that testing should be performed ‘regularly’, but there are no set rules or guidelines determining what qualifies as regular.

Therefore, the frequency with which to carry out the EET test is not specified.

A general rule of thumb is that you should carry out an Electrical equipment testing , at a minimum, every 5 years.

But this is a general indication. 

In other words, it is necessary to consider specific factors to determine the frequency of testing.

These include, for example: 

  • Equipment type
  • Location of the equipment
  • State of conservation of the equipment
  • Frequency of use
  • Competence of users
  • The installation method
  • maintenance records
  • If the equipment is on hire

Why just anyone cannot conduct an EET.

The only way to  know if your electrical equipment is safe is to have it inspected by a qualified electrician.

In fact, it is highly not recommended to proceed independently as, not having the right qualifications, you risk a wrong judgement on the condition of the equipment with serious consequences, such as serious personal injuries and death.

It’s not worth it.

In short, taking this problem seriously and always turning to professionals is the first step to obtain safe environments.

Who can do EET-PAT testing ?

The professionals who can perform your EET-PAT tests are the ones who have attended PAT training courses and are presented with a Certificate of Competency in EET-PAT testing.

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