PAT Testing Method Statement

When Carrying out Portable Appliance testing (PAT) an example method statement is as follows:-

  • Arrive at client premises, identify PAT Tester to Reception and sign in if required.
  • Conduct appliance/cable testing in methodical and logical manner.
  • Inform PC users or Network Administrator in advance when testing IT equipment.
  • Place” tested” sticker onto each item and record unique number into the asset register.
  • Inform users/management of any items that fail testing; these items are to be removed from use immediately.

General Checks Carried Out:-

  • check that plug has no cracks
  • look for signs of overheating
  • check that flexible cable is properly secured in the cord anchorage
  • check the plug has been correctly connected
  • check that the cable screws are tight and secure and no loose strands
  • check the rating of the fuse and make sure it is securely gripped
  • check that the fuse( BS 1362), plug( BS 1363) and ASTA mark is shown
  • check the cable length and equipment in use for damage

When these visual checks have been done then a sequence of electrical tests are performed

Class 1 Appliances (Example:- Kettles, Toasters, Irons, Microwaves, Electric Heaters and Fridges)

  • earth continuity test
  • insulation resistance test
  • dielectric strength test
  • protective conductor current test
  • wiring polarity check/functional checks

  Class 2 appliances (Example:- Televisions, DVD Players, Lamps and Power Tools)

  • insulation resistance test
  • dielectric strength test
  • touch current test
  • functional checks

The Full method statement example is available HERE

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