Portable Appliance Testing is an essential part of any business/organisations’ health and safety policy; it is a procedure carried out on every electrical appliance that is fitted with a plug. It is carried out (or should be) in every business location, for every home-working business owner, on every appliance that is taken from one location and used in another for business purposes, and every appliance that is used in domestic settings where the property is rented or leased.
Despite this fact that the procedure is carried out on literally millions of electrical appliances every year, for millions of customers, by hundreds of companies, the industry is still currently unregulated, and until “PATTA” came along, un-represented.
The closest the PAT testing industry comes to a regulation is the guidance document; The Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment issued by the Institute of Engineering and Technology.
There are regulatory bodies for the electrical industry as a whole but these mainly cater for electricians, and joining for PAT alone can be expensive and invaluable.
This association represents its members and the industry when it needs to be represented, including for example on the panel that writes the Code of Practice (since 2018).
You can become a part of the association and help us to continue to be able to represent our members by paying a small annual subscription in exchange for some exclusive member discounts; all you need to do is join up here.
The companies you are seeing on this page are members of the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association; companies based in the United Kingdom that are already supporting us through a membership.
Each of these companies applied to become a member; we are an association for the trade rather than a regulator, so we do not regulate our members however we do ask for background information on our members such as what training they have done, and if they have appropriate insurance to trade. They are also expected to operate at all times in keeping with our Working Standards. If you have any feedback on a member, whether good or bad, or have an issue with a member you need help with get in touch.
Each of these companies is paying an annual subscription which is used to help grow the association and to cover the costs of representing the members. Travelling to meetings, usually in London, can be expensive, and whilst those who attend don’t claim much back we believe that they should not be out of pocket by doing so, although they usually are because what we make doesn’t cover all costs.
PATTA is ran by 2 founding directors who started up all the way back in 2012, although we have only formally been a trade association since 2012; and a steering group made up of volunteers from the membership who have applied to help steer the association. Any member can apply to join the steering group; it is not an elected committee. If you feel you have something to offer, and can commit to attending at least 2 meetings per year at your own expense (which could be anywhere in the country), and are prepared to give up some of your own time to help others, then we would love to hear from you. Simply get in touch, sending an email to us explaining what you can offer and we will discuss it between us, before replying.
As mentioned above, PATTA is managed by volunteers, and they when they have time write articles and produce videos to try to help and guide our members. Some of our latest posts are referenced below.