Portable appliances such as transportable appliances/equipment, hand-held appliances, stationary equipment, IT equipment and microwaves should be tested to ensure that the electrical equipment is in a safe and suitable condition for use and complies with current legislation. This includes the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, the Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment, and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.

Regulation 4 of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states that all systems should be constructed and maintained so far as reasonably practicable in order to prevent danger. To comply, portable appliances should be tested on a regular basis.

Visual Inspection

We will thoroughly conduct a formal visual inspection of your electrical equipment, taking into consideration:

  1. The environment the equipment is used in
  2. Good housekeeping of the equipment
  3. Disconnection of equipment
  4. The condition of the equipment

Combined Inspection and Test

Our combined inspection and test includes a preliminary inspection, earth continuity, an insulation resistance test and a functional check of the equipment.


At the end of the inspection, you will receive a report detailing a register of all the equipment tested, along with a repair register and a faulty equipment register which will identify any defects that we have found.

A ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ label will be fitted to each appliance incorporating the following details:

  • Unique Identification Number
  • Initials of test staff
  • Test date
  • Re-test date

Portable appliance testing is usually carried out annually, however our inspecting engineers will recommend the next re-test date, taking into consideration the environment the equipment is used in and how well it has been maintained.


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