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Where do you stick a PAT label?

If you don’t know what PAT means, or have never come across the acronym, then you might be ignorant of something which has quietly saved your life. PAT stands for ‘Portable Appliance Testing’ and it pertains to every electrical appliance that is powered through a mains plug. Typically such appliances are your table-lamp, computer and electric kettle etc, but not an electric oven which is wired directly to a junction box. If you live in furnished accommodation then your landlord has for safety reasons a legal obligation to PAT test all your portable electrical appliances at appropriate intervals, in compliance with the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations Act of 1994. Likewise, if you are an employee then your boss has a similar obligation to PAT test all qualifying equipment used in your workplace, in compliance with PUWER (Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998). Failure to comply with the requirement can invalidate an insurance claim and even lead to prosecution by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive). Each appliance should be tested by a ‘competent person’ using specialised equipment and afterwards marked with a durable sticker stating whether or not the test was passed.
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