PAT Test Frequency Changes- 4th Edition COP

by Editor on November 15, 2012

In this video James Canter from The Reaction Group gives an overview of the recent changes which affect the code of practice for In Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment. It includes the 4th Edition revisions regarding requirements for the frequency of PAT Testing and includes Fixed Appliances and equipment.  I’ve given an summary of his main points at the bottom.

Any inspection and testing of electrical equipment is required to comply with the IET code of practice for In Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.  A recent government review on Health and Safety legislation looked at how UK businesses were wasting money on ‘over compliance’ and it was decided to revise the code of practice.

PAT Testing Frequencies

The general consensus has been that PAT testing needs to be carried out every year because of health and safety and insurance requirements. The new revision requires that the frequency of testing is based on a risk assessment being carried out. This would decide how often equipment would be tested depending on the type of equipment, location and wear and tear. Guidance is given in the code of practice in Table 7.1 .

Overview of Revisions

The 4th edition of the code of practice includes the following equipment and revisions:

PAT Testing Frequency- Based on risk assessments
Fixed Equipment (Not Portable)- Recommendations for testing
Class II Equipment- Not all require full a PAT Test
Hired Equipment- More responsibility on the hirer ie. Water coolers & Vending
2nd hand Goods- Duty of care of seller

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Richard Ayre July 23, 2013 at 14:31

With regards to fixed appliance testing from a PAT Testers perspective; if you don’t know what you’re doing – if you’re not trained, not an electrician or not done at least a Part P course then don’t attempt to do a full fixed wire inspection using the method explained here by John. Get a qualified electrician to do it for you or explain to the client you aren’t able to do these items; most will understand and appreciate your honesty.

John Downie May 18, 2013 at 21:18

To test the fixed appliance make sure you isolate the power supply disconnect the appliance where it connects to the wall connections and use a quick connection cable adapter to test with pat tester, once tested rewire appliance, closeup and check appliance is working.

Dave February 2, 2013 at 14:44

Very interesting video, thank you.
Could you expand on the testing of fixed appliances that are connected via a flex outlet fused spur.

I say they must be PAT, my firm says not.

Company is too tight to purchase the 4th edition.

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