There are no absolute rules regarding the frequency of P.A.T Testing an item of electrical equipment. HSE Guidance Notes, which advised regular testing were generally interpreted as a requirement for annual testing, however, circumstances and conditions of use will vary
In not specifying a specific time interval, but saying ‘regular testing’ the HSE appreciate that different situations require different measures in order to meet the requirement that the danger is prevented.
For instance a kettle frequently used in a busy staff area would require more attention than a server locked away in a computer room.
“Approved Engineers” will be able to advise on the frequency of testing from their own experience and discussions with the user or duty holder regarding the lifestyle of the equipment.
In accessing frequency the duty holder would consider such aspects as:
The judgement is then made by the ‘responsible person’ for Health & Safety