Empowering Workplace Safety: Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) 

Competency and Training

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

Understanding Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

Why This Course Is Essential

Knowledge is the key to a safer future!

Welcome to the crucial and insightful course on “Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)” designed for every sector and every industry.

This course is designed to provide essential knowledge for employees at all levels, in today’s fast-paced work environments, where electrical appliances are integral to daily operations, ensuring the safety and compliance of these devices is not just a regulatory requirement—it’s a critical component of workplace safety.

The Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) course offered by Safetyman Academy is an essential and comprehensive training program designed to demystify the principles, practices, and importance of PAT in maintaining workplace safety and compliance with UK regulations.

This course is meticulously crafted to benefit a wide audience, including workers, supervisors, managers, safety professionals, and nominated individuals responsible for ensuring electrical safety. Through a detailed exploration of PAT, this course emphasizes the critical role of regular testing in preventing electrical accidents, thereby safeguarding employees and ensuring a safe work environment.

Electrical safety is paramount across all sectors, given the ubiquitous nature of electrical appliances in the modern workplace. The PAT course underscores the necessity of systematic electrical testing to identify potential hazards before they lead to accidents. It is designed to instil a deep understanding of why PAT is an integral part of health and safety practices within organizations, highlighting the legal obligations and the moral imperative to protect life and property.

This course covers:

  • Fundamentals of Electricity and Safety: Building a strong foundation in the basics of electricity and its potential hazards.
  • Legal Framework and Regulations: A deep dive into the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and other relevant UK legislation, elucidating the legal basis for PAT.
  • Risk Assessment and Testing Frequency: Guidance on conducting risk assessments to determine appropriate testing frequencies for different types of appliances.
  • Practical PAT Testing Procedures: Hands-on approaches to conducting both visual inspections and electronic tests, utilizing the latest PAT testing equipment and techniques.
  • Record Keeping and Documentation: Best practices for maintaining accurate and comprehensive records to ensure compliance and facilitate safety audits.
  • Advanced Topics in PAT: Exploration of specialized testing contexts, technological advancements in testing equipment, and developing a risk-based PAT strategy.

Benefits to Companies

For companies, investing in PAT training results in a more knowledgeable and safety-conscious workforce, capable of identifying and mitigating electrical risks proactively. It fosters a culture of safety that not only meets regulatory requirements but also enhances operational efficiency by minimizing downtime due to electrical failures. Additionally, documented compliance with PAT regulations can significantly reduce legal liabilities and insurance costs.

Empowerment and Knowledge Benefits

Individuals undertaking this course gain crucial knowledge and skills, empowering them to perform PAT competently, understand the underlying reasons for each testing procedure, and appreciate the importance of their role in maintaining safety. The course enhances their employability and prospects for advancement by certifying their competence in a critical safety domain.

Course Benefits and Employment Prospects

Completing the PAT course opens up numerous opportunities for individuals, making them valuable assets to any organization keen on maintaining high safety standards. It equips them with a specialized skill set that is in demand across various industries, thereby enhancing their employment prospects and potential for career progression.

Environmental Consideration

Safetyman Academy is committed to reducing environmental impact by offering this course online, eliminating the need for traditional classroom-based training. This approach not only makes the training more accessible but also significantly reduces the carbon footprint associated with travel and accommodation for attendees. By embracing digital learning, Safetyman Academy contributes to a sustainable future while providing essential safety training.

The Portable Appliance Testing course is an indispensable resource for anyone involved in managing or ensuring workplace safety. It combines thorough regulatory understanding with practical testing skills, making it an essential pillar of any organization’s health and safety strategy. By participating in this course, individuals and companies not only commit to the highest safety standards but also to environmental sustainability and continuous learning. Join Safetyman Academy in championing electrical safety and regulatory compliance through comprehensive and accessible online training.

In less than eight hours, this course helps provide the skills and competencies necessary to identify and mitigate the hazards and pitfalls of failing to implement a PAT program, effectively manage and promote a culture of inclusion in the your chosen business. By the end of the course, participants will have the knowledge and tools to create a safer working environment, protect themselves and their colleagues, and contribute to the overall success of inclusive projects.

Who the course is for

This course is designed for all workers, from the new hire to the CEO in every sector and industry who are responsible for ensuring the safety and well-being of employees. It is also suitable for individuals seeking to enhance their knowledge of Portable Appliance Testing (PAT). 

Why it works

  • Minimal disruption to the working day – the course takes half only a day
  • Designed for anyone, in any sector, worldwide
  • Provides the knowledge and tools required to identify roles and responsibilities in your workplace environment.
  • High-impact programme
  • Efficient and effective learning – multiple topics are covered in a single, self-contained course.

The business benefits

Participants will have the knowledge and tools to create a safer working environment, protect themselves and their colleagues, and contribute to the overall success of the business and enhance your wellbeing:

  • Minimise risk of an incident.
  • Improve your safety culture
  • Develop staff roles in critical point controls.
  • Achieve an internationally recognised and respected certification for staff
  • Enhance your reputation within your industry.

Your benefits

By taking this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand your own responsibilities for electrical safety
  • Identify and report on potential hazards
  • Assess workplace safety levels
  • Comply with the OSHA and international standards

The average time needed to complete the course is 8 hours and the minimum pass mark for the exam is 70% and we recommend the course is taking every 2 years.

World Safety Family

Who benefits From This Course

Everyone! Electrical safety is a serious risk to our lives, homes and businesses.

The world is changing quickly and businesses need employees with training, knowledge and skills in order to be competitive.

People who continually develop their professional skills or pursue higher education and training, are placing themselves at the forefront for career advancement opportunities in their future.

By giving yourself or your employees, the knowledge to perform your role safely at work, you will stay safe at work and go home safe, which makes the rest and play time in life, far more rewarding, whatever it is you love to do.


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Course Includes

  • 15 Lessons
  • 1 Test
  • Course Certificate