Portable Appliance Testing

Portable appliance testing is the process of inspecting and testing portable appliances are safe for use. These tests are conducted in accordance with AS/NZS 3760 or AS/NZS 3012. The testing is completed with the use of a portable appliance tester device which allows the safety status of each item to be assessed. Testing with a Portable Appliance Tester (PAT) is compulsory for construction sites, schools, offices and retail workplaces.

It is important to ensure your business is compliant with the national safety standards and protect your employees. Compliance with AS/NZS 3760 and AS/NZS 3012 will help you prevent harm at work and ensure you have recorded evidence of your efforts to ensure a safe working environment should an accident occur.

How often is testing required?

The testing frequency for portable devices varies according to the nature of the workplace and the type of equipment. The following information is based on the test & tag frequency standards stipulated by the AS/NZS 3012.