Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
Electrical equipment is present in virtually all workplaces, and that includes portable appliances. Managers and responsible persons in low risk environments have a duty to carry out visual and pre-use checks on equipment.
This course will familiarise you with the task of portable appliance testing and ways you can help minimise the risk of electrocution, electric shock, and electrically-initiated fires in the workplace. You will learn about the basics of PAT so you're able to offer your support and ensure electrical equipment does not put people's health and safety at risk while at work.
Note that this course provides awareness level knowledge. In low risk environments, such as offices, it provides sufficient knowledge to allow the learner to conduct PAT Tests but, in higher risk areas, a greater level of knowledge is required and this course is NOT suitable.
- Developed by health and safety professionals
- Accredited by CPD and Approved by RoSPA
- Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
- Full audio voiceover
- Approximate duration: 1-2 hours
- On completion, certificate is posted the next working day
This course is suitable for anyone with a responsibility for health and safety in low risk workplaces such as offices. It is suitable for all employees at any level of the business, as it introduces the learner to and gives them basic knowledge of portable appliance testing; it does not require any previous training.
On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working
day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit.
All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming
to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.
This course is also approved by RoSPA, the Royal Society for the Prevention of
Accidents, as providing quality and content-approved training.
This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 3 years. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.
||Introduction to Portable Appliance Testing
||What is a portable electrical appliance?, what are the risks?, legislation, and who is responsible for testing?
||What is a risk assessment?, step 1: identify the hazards, step 2: decide who might be harmed and how, step 3: evaluate the risks and decide on precautions, the hierarchy of control, step 4: record and implement your findings, step 5: review and update, who should carry out risk assessments?, and RIDDOR.
||Reducing and Controlling Risks
||Choice of equipment, inspecting equipment, pre-use checks, visual inspections, reducing risks: usage and storage, reducing risks: fire safety, and emergency procedures.
||Combined Inspection and Test
||Who should carry out tests?, general testing tips, types of equipment and tests, Class I: earthed, Class II: double insulated, earth leakage test, IEC leads and extension leads, testing equipment, test stickers and records, equipment failing, and other points to note.
The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will
be asked 15 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The
answers are marked automatically so that you’ll instantly know whether you passed.
If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with
no extra charge.