Do I need to PAT test second-hand equipment?

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If you have bought second-hand equipment for your office or rental property, you may be wondering if you have to have it PAT tested before you use it.

This guide will help explain what you need to do.

Does second-hand electrical equipment need PAT testing?

The Health and Safety at Work Act requires that all products supplied for use at work or home (whether they are new or second-hand) are supplied in a safe condition. This includes providing the equipment with the relevant operator handbook or manuals.

This means that you don’t need to factor your equipment into your PAT (electrical equipment) testing schedule straightaway.

However, we would recommend carrying out a visual examination before using the equipment for the first time. Check the plug, cable and casing for damage, and make sure the plug has the BSi kitemark or CE mark on it.

If you are not 100% confident that the equipment is safe to use, don’t use it. If you have bought from a retailer you are entitled to a refund, repair or replacement under the Consumer Rights Act.

If you are buying a second-hand product, it is worth asking if a PAT test has recently been carried out. This helps to show that the product has been tested and is safe for use.

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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.


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