If you’re using portable appliances — in whatever environment — you need to make sure they are safe to use. This is especially important in organisations and businesses where you are legally obligated to provide a safe working environment.
In fact, there is a national safety standard pertaining to electrical equipment testing.  That is the AS/NZS 3670:2010 standard for the in-service safety inspection and testing of electrical equipment. But who can do PAT testing?


Who can PAT test?

You can only complete PAT testing if you have been trained and have the proper equipment


Can I PAT test my own equipment?

You can test your own equipment if you have the adequate training and devices. We do recommend always hiring an external technician to complete your tests.

This is advised because of compliance requirements. If you have documentation and testing from an external technician, you don’t have to be the liable party when the workplace safety inspections come around. Rest assured knowing that your safety requirements are taken care of by a responsible organisation.


Portable Appliance Testers

Are you interested in becoming a portable appliance tester? You can become one of our test and tag technicians and receive complete training in portable appliance testing.

You will be up-to-date with all of the national safety testing standards and receive state-of-the-art equipment to complete all of your PAT testing requirements. It is a fulfilling career option that will allow you to up-skill and find flexibility in your work.

PAT Testing Requirements for Businesses

Now that you know who can do PAT testing, it is time to find out more about your requirements. If you own or operate a business, you need to make sure your portable equipment has been tested. There are different requirements for different environments.
For construction and demolition sites, the following rules apply:

  • all portable equipment needs to be tested every 3 months
  • the same rules apply for portable RCDs
  • hire equipment must be inspect prior to hire and once a month subsequently

For other working environments, take a look at the information on our testing and tagging page. If you need more help determining your specific requirements, please get in touch with us. We can connect you with your local technician.


Contact Jim’s Test & Tag Today

If you really want to know who can do PAT testing in your area, there is a clear answer:

Jim’s Test & Tag!


We have highly-trained technicians based all around the nation. They are able to test all types of equipment — if it plugs in, we can test it. This includes power tools, cleaning equipment, cooking appliances, portable fans and heaters, extension cords, and power boards. No matter the nature of your business, we can help you.


When you work with Jim’s Test & Tag, you will get service that goes above and beyond your compliance requirements. In addition to our fantastic service, you will receive a copy of your test report, as well as a date for re-testing (don’t worry, we can send you a notification when your next round of tests are due).


Cover your compliance requirements and ensure safety at your work.


Call us now or fill in the online form for a free quote.