Do I need to get cleaning equipment PAT tested?

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Do I need to get cleaning equipment PAT tested?

If you run a cleaning business, operate housekeeping services or have cleaning equipment in your office, you may be wondering if you need to get it PAT tested.

This short guide will explain what you need to do.

Do I have to get PAT testing done?

UK legislation states that businesses need to ensure electrical equipment is maintained in a safe condition. PAT testing is the most effective way to do this.

More information about PAT testing and the law

Cleaning equipment is more prone to damage as it is used regularly and is often handled roughly. This increases the risk of it failing, as well as of electric shock and fire.

Cables can also get easily damaged as equipment travels over them.

What equipment do I need to get PAT tested?

As a rule of thumb, anything that needs to be plugged into the mains needs to be PAT tested. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Vacuum cleaners 
  • Polishing machines
  • Steam cleaners and mops
  • Pressure washers
  • Irons
  • Box sweepers

Although cordless equipment doesn’t technically need testing, their battery chargers would as these plug into the mains.

If you use extension reels or leads to help reach hard-to-access areas, you need to get these tested too.

What needs PAT testing?

Do I need to PAT test cleaning equipment I have hired?

Yes – if you have it on hire for over a week you will need to include it in your PAT testing schedule.

Do I need to get hire equipment PAT tested?

Do I have to get PAT testing done if I am bringing equipment into a customer’s premises?

If you are responsible for the equipment you could be liable if someone gets hurt or you cause damage.

Your customer might ask to see an insurance certificate or proof of PAT testing.

If you are looking for a company to carry out your PAT testing, Hawkesworth is here to help.

We provide cost-effective, friendly and professional electrical equipment testing service across the UK and Ireland, helping to keep your business compliant… and clean too!


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