Risk Assessment for Portable Appliance Testing

Site Approach

Upon arrival on site our test engineer will introduce himself to the client’s representative and explain the purpose and nature of the work to be carried out. This person will then be asked to accompany our engineer around the site to highlight out any sensitive areas and introduce him to any other members of staff and to make them aware of the work involved.


The inspection and testing shall be carried out in accordance with the requirements of the following regulations and publications:

  • Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  • Health & Safety at Work Act of 1974
  • IEE Code of Practice for the inservice Inspection and Testing of Portable Electrical Equipment

Identification of equipment

Every piece of electrical equipment will be allocated a unique asset number and test label. This will be used to cross reference test results to the certificate supplied. A register of equipment will then be produced to include the following details:

  • Unique asset number and test label for each appliance
  • Location in which the appliance/asset is kept/used
  • Description of appliance
  • Date of test and identity of engineer

Testing Procedures as stated by the IEE Code of Practice for Inservice Inspection and Testing of Portable Electrical Equipment.

Visual Inspection

A visual inspection of the appliance shall be carried out prior to any testing. The inspection includes the following:

Socket outlet: Is there any evidence of overheating, cracks or damage?

Plug: Is the flexible cable secure, is it free from cracks, or damage and signs of overheating? Is all wiring properly configured inside the plug and connections secure? Does the plug conform to British standard 1363 with properly insulated pins? Is a correctly rated British standard 1362 fuse present?

Flex: Is it in good condition, free from cuts, fraying or damage?

Appliance: Does it work? Is it free from damage? Can it be used safely?

In addition, the visual inspection will check that the means of disconnection from the mains supply is also readily accessible and that wherever possible, flexible cords are positioned so that they do not present a hazard.

All minor faults identified during the visual inspection, such as incorrectly rated fuses, damaged 13amp plugs, loose connections will be rectified prior to the testing procedure.

(Where any appliance cannot be isolated from the mains supply, a thorough external visual inspection will be carried out)


Subject to a satisfactory visual inspection, tests will be carried out using the test machinery. Tests depend on the equipment but may include the following tests.

  • Earth continuity – Class 1 appliances only
  • Insulation resistance (where appropriate)
  • Operation/load test
  • Earth leakage test
  • Polarity test - IEC power leads only


A sample of the labels we use is provided below. Any FAILED appliances are immediately brought to the attention of the clients representative on site.



Upon completion of testing and receipt of full payment for our services, a full test report and certificate will be issued, usually within 7 working days, listing all the appliances tested, results of the tests carried out, appliance locations and details of any failures or remedial repairs required. The engineer will also report any observations of unsafe practices on site.