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PAT testing law

Is PAT testing a legal requirement?

There can be some confusion around whether there is a legal requirement to have PAT testing conducted. Contradictory and misleading advice about the legal status of PAT testing is widespread. It is clear that there is no strict legal requirement to perform PAT testing written into UK law explicitly. However, the law does clearly require that all electrical equipment provided to employees in the workplace is maintained in safe working order.

PAT testing is the most effective way to ensure that electrical equipment is safe.

Both the UK Health and Safety Executive, and insurance companies, expect employers to perform regular PAT tests.

Which UK regulations does PAT testing help employers to comply with?

Regular PAT testing is the best way to ensure that you are complying with regulations covering safety in the workplace, including:

Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSWA)

The HSWA specifies a wide range of duties for employers to protect the ‘health, safety and welfare’ of everyone who is present on their premises. In relation to electrical equipment, the HSWA states that an employer is responsible for ‘the provision and maintenance of plant and systems of work that are, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health’. Essentially, PAT tests are the ‘sufficient measures being taken’ to ensure that fixed wiring and portable appliances are safe and properly maintained, fulfilling obligations stated in the HSWA.

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Under this regulation, employers are required to perform a risk assessment to protect every person present in the workplace to make sure they are not subject to danger. A risk assessment is required so that the HSWA can be put into practice in every workplace.

PAT testing specialists such as Reaction Group are experts in helping organisations to create and conduct necessary risk assessments, which ensure organisations meet regulations and provide for workplace compliance.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR)

The EAWR regulations, in particular, are directly relevant to the testing of electrical equipment. Under the EAWR, employers have a duty that all electrical equipment is regularly inspected and repaired as needed, to ensure they’re safe to operate. The EAWR states, ‘As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, as far as is reasonably practicable, such danger’. The EAWR also states that electrical equipment is ‘maintained in a condition suitable for that use’.

Although the EAWR does not specifically mention portable appliance testing and inspection; the law requires electrical systems to be ‘maintained’ in a condition so as not to cause danger. The only way to be sure that electrical equipment is safe and maintained is by conducting electrical testing and inspection. Essentially, the need for PAT testing is implicit in the EAWR regulations.

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)

Under this law, there is a clear duty for every employer to ‘ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided’. PAT testing meets the stated obligation for employers to properly maintain equipment. Under the Regulation ‘every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair’. The Regulation also clearly states that the employer has a duty to conduct inspections when new equipment is first put into service, after it’s moved, and also at regular intervals during service to check for deterioration. Additional tests and inspections should also be conducted on all equipment for any damage from events such as fires and floods.

What are the potential consequences of not complying with regulations?

Failing to comply with workplace safety regulations can incur fines of up to £20,000 and/or 6 months in prison. Although PAT testing itself is not a legal requirement, it is the most effective way to ensure that you are complying with workplace safety regulations.

UK law requires employers, and the self-employed, to ensure that all electrical equipment provided is safe and properly maintained. Therefore, PAT testing needs to be a key part of every company’s health and safety policy.

Contact Reaction Group for your PAT Testing

Contact the UK specialists for PAT testing today. Get in touch with our expert team who will advise on your PAT testing requirements. Our experienced team have worked with many high profile clients across the UK including Coca-Cola, Samsung and Amazon.

Reaction Group provide comprehensive workplace compliance services, on a one-off or scheduled basis, for your business. Call 0203 961 5855 or click here to contact us online.

PAT testing companies

Choosing PAT testing companies for multi-site locations

PAT testing within the workplace is an essential process to ensure the safety of your staff, customers and tenants. The procedures PAT testing companies follow become an integral part of a workplace health and safety practices and with the help of a professional, you can rest assured the risks of electrical incidents are minimised.

What is PAT testing?

Portable appliance testing, or PAT testing, is the process of running various visual and electrical tests on portable equipment within the home, workplace or leased property. The following checks should be completed by a competent PAT testing company who have professionally trained staff.

Visual checks include:

  • Searching for signs of rust, decay, mold or damage to wires or sockets.
  • Identifying any modifications, adjustments or repairs made to the appliance such as using tape.
  • Signs of overheating, such as burns.
  • Check for loose screws or parts which may impact the use of the appliance.
  • Observing the surrounding environment for signs of water, weather influences and/or close objects that may affect the appliance. This may include waste or heat producing interference with equipment.
  • Discussing with staff on their experiences using the equipment.

Electrical tests include:

  • Testing the appliance and wires to ensure they are safe for use.
  • Checking insulation and earth continuity for signs of deteriorating wires and connections.

PAT testing within the workplace

Many large PAT testing companies will have experience working within a variety of workplace environments. The professionals will be able to identify common appliances and issues in the workplace, and provide comprehensive recommendations to management teams.

Common appliances to be checked in different workplaces may include:

  • Office or commercial space – computers, TVs and printers, vending machines and/or kitchen equipment such as kettles and fridges.
  • Warehouses – fans and/or large chillers.
  • Property – kitchen equipment such as kettles and fridges, hair dryers, portable heaters, hoovers, washing machines and/or dishwashers.
  • Construction – handheld equipment such as drills and/or cutting tools.

There are also various influences which may impact the approach the PAT testing companies take, as they may increase the potential risks involved. These may include:

  • Exposure to water or extreme weather.
  • How often the appliance is used and when it was last used.
  • How clean the surrounding environment is.
  • If there is buildup of mold, rust or waste around or near the appliance.
  • How often the appliance is moved – typically the more often it is moved the higher the risk of damage.

PAT testing to serve multi-site locations

As a medium to large company, you may be interested in choosing a PAT testing company that can serve your multiple office locations. This is an encouraged approach as your chosen PAT testing company can help keep the PAT testing reports in one organised place. It can also be a useful management tool for reviewing maintenance and allows you to easily access and demonstrate your practices.

Another benefit of using PAT testing companies to serve your multiple locations is to ensure the PAT testing procedures are kept consistent across all your offices or sites.

Multi-site service with Reaction Group

The team at Reaction Group have a wealth of experience in PAT testing for a variety of different businesses and have long-standing relationships with leading companies such as Coca Cola, Amazon and Samsung.

For many of our retained clients, we provide a multi-site service to offer rigorous PAT testing at their many office and site locations. With our head office in Dorset, key locations in London and a network of professional PAT testers across the UK, we are confident we can serve your business locations with PAT testing.

Contact the PAT testing professionals

At Reaction Group, we have a team of highly qualified PAT testing professional across the UK; each member of our team achieves important certifications which help evident their competence. The following accreditations demonstrate our engineers and company efforts to employ qualified staff that are educated and focus on health and safety, these include ISO 9001, NICEIC, SafeContractor, CHAS, Constructionline and CompEx.

Contact Reaction Group for your business’ PAT testing needs today, call us on 0203 961 5855 or email

Electrical test certificates – guide to UK regulations covering electrical equipment in the workplace

Electrical test certificates – guide to UK regulations covering electrical equipment in the workplace

If you are responsible for a workplace environment in the UK where electrical equipment is used, you are required by UK law to ensure the electrical equipment is safe. Having regular electrical test certificates conducted, by appropriately qualified professionals, is the most effective way to meet your electrical safety obligations.

Regular electrical testing also ensures that you are keeping the staff, customers and any other relevant parties who use the electrics in your environment(s) safe. In addition to complying with regulations, electrical test certificates enable you to fulfill your duty of care.

Which UK laws cover electrical safety in the workplace?

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 stipulates that employers are responsible for health and safety in the workplace. Ensuring that electrical equipment and fixed wire electrical installations are maintained in a safe working condition is an important aspect of meeting those safety responsibilities to staff and customers.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that measures are taken to control and reduce the risk of death or injury from electricity in work activities. The stated requirement is:

“All reasonable and practicable steps to prevent danger from electrical systems must be undertaken”.

Electrical test certificates, performed by qualified engineers, demonstrate that you are taking the necessary precautions to identify any issues within the electrical system in the workplace.

What are electrical test certificates and why do I need them?

All electrical installations and portable electrical equipment used in the workplace should be tested regularly. The reports produced during the fixed wire testing and PAT testing safety checks are commonly known as electrical installation condition reports or electrical test certificates. During the electrical testing process, a qualified electrical engineer will check the condition of wiring and equipment against BS 7671, the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, IET wiring regulations (2015).

If you choose Reaction Group to carry out your electrical testing, you are instantly provided with detailed test reports:

  • Fixed Wire Test Reports – The Electrical Installation Condition Report documents the fixed wire tests that have been carried out on the electrical installation at your premises, as required by the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and in line with Guidance note 3. The report identifies any faults and non-compliance within the electrical installation and notifies you of the said faults so that any potential danger can be removed. The faults identified are coded in severity and likelihood of danger.
  • PAT Test Reports – Reaction Group also instantly provide a detailed PAT Testing Report, following any PAT tests performed. The report documents the portable appliance tests (PAT) carried out, as per the guidance and regulations set out in The IET Code of Practice for The Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.

The reports provided during electrical testing are also commonly known as electrical test certificates. They serve as evidence that a qualified electrical engineer has tested the electrical installations and equipment in-line with relevant legislation, industry standards and guidelines.

What type of electrical test report do I need?

There are two primary types of electrical tests which are fundamental to ensuring electrical safety in the workplace. Fixed wire testing involves the inspection, testing and reporting of electrical systems within the workplace or premises. Examples of fixed wire systems that should be tested include distribution boards, lighting points and socket outlets. Portable appliance testing (PAT testing) involves the inspection and testing of any electrical equipment which is portable, for example, computers, TV’s and electronic cash registers.

  • Fixed wire tests – check any hardwiring within the building that are not portable. Fixed wire installations can deteriorate over time and may become unsafe to use. To avoid potential danger, and to meet the Electricity at Work regulations, it’s important that regular fixed wire testing is carried out by a competent, professional and qualified person. Reaction Group recommend that fixed wire testing is carried out every 3 – 5 years depending on the type of premises and the daily use of a premises.
  • PAT tests – involve the inspection and testing of portable electrical equipment, which tends to require the user to plug the equipment into a power socket. Under the Health and Safety at Work Act, employers have a duty of care to ensure that portable appliances are properly maintained.

Why choose Reaction Group for electrical testing certificates?

Reaction Group provide testing and inspection of workplace electricals for businesses across the UK. As a uniquely nationwide electrical testing specialist, we are able to provide organisations of all sizes with an efficient, centralised service.

Reaction Group are a leading choice for UK electrical testing because they offer:

  • Unique nationwide coverage – for a cost-effective, centralised electrical testing services for businesses of all sizes
  • Fully accredited electrical engineers – our engineers have the skills, accreditations and experience to complete your electrical testing to the highest safety standards
  • Full-service electrical testing, Nationwide – with Reaction Group, you can have all of the necessary tests conducted by a single provider, including PAT testing, fixed wire testing, emergency light testing and more. As your ‘one stop shop’ for electrical testing we can reduce costs and limit any disruption to your operations, whether you have a single site or multiple locations.
PAT testing frequency in the workplace

PAT testing frequency – how often does electrical equipment need to be tested in the workplace?

From business to business, the PAT testing frequency will likely change due to differences in electrical installations and appliances that are used on a daily basis. Electrical safety in the workplace is a highly important topic that needs to be seriously considered by the management team. As part of a business’ health and safety policy, there should be considerations for all employees, customers, visitors, contractors and maintenance workers.

PAT testing frequency in the workplace

In the workplace, there should also be appropriate measures in place to ensure electrical installations and portable appliances are maintained correctly and regularly to reduce potential risks.

In general, it’s good practice to spot signs of damage or deterioration early on to help prevent any further impact. However, it’s also highly recommended to have an experienced engineer thoroughly test portable appliances on a regular basis with the hope that any chances of the equipment becoming damaged over time can be avoided.

The basis of these tests will differ per business and the PAT testing frequency should be determined by the professional who will decide based on a range of factors:

  • Age of the equipment
  • The environment in which the equipment is in
  • How often the equipment is used
  • Manufacturers recommendations
  • Whether it is hand-held or not
  • If the equipment has had any modifications or repairs

What do the regulations say about PAT testing frequency?

According to the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 businesses are required to maintain electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury. However, the regulations do not specifically say what needs to be done, by whom or how often.

This being said, there is a duty to care by the employer to ensure that the appropriate measures are taken to maintain electrical equipment and frequently PAT testing portable appliances is a widely recommended procedure. Regular PAT tests demonstrate that the equipment has been tested and deemed ‘safe’ for continued use.

PAT testing basics

PAT testing is the process of performing visual and circuit tests on portable appliances to ensure they are safe to use. The test scores the appliance either a pass or fail which indicates whether the appliance can be used or need to be fixed or replaced. Learn more about PAT testing here.

PAT testing frequency for typical businesses

  • As previously mentioned, the PAT testing frequency will differ for each business and this will be determined by the type of equipment and the factors noted above. As a result, the following workplaces could expect certain equipment needing regular checks in these periods.
  • Office environment – Items such as computers, printers and photocopiers pose a minor risk to users and therefore may need testing every 1-2 years.
  • Construction site – Equipment on a site such as power tools and drills will need to be checked more frequently (monthly) due to the high risk involved in using the equipment. The environment the equipment is used in is high risk due to exposure to weather, water and dirt and it’s also likely to be frequently moved around.
  • Shop – Although a shop with tills, TVs and display lighting does not pose many electrical threats and typically need to be checked every year, there will need to be certain considerations when customers are involved e.g. appliances which customers can use in store.
  • Restaurant / Cafe – Due to the use of ovens, microwaves and other heat forming large appliances, restaurants will need to get most of their equipment checked every 6-12 months. Again exposure to customers the risks involved will increase.

This is only an example and should not be used as a guide. Please contact a PAT testing professional to determine PAT testing frequency for your appliances.

Contact Reaction Group for your PAT Testing

If you would like to organise frequent PAT testing for your workplace, please get in touch with our experienced team. We have worked with many high profile clients across the UK including Coca-Cola, Samsung and Amazon.

We can provide comprehensive maintenance on a one-off or scheduled basis for your business. Call 0203 961 5855.


London PAT testing companies: what to look for?

London PAT testing companies: what to look for?

If your organisation uses plugged-in appliances, you almost certainly need regular PAT testing. It’s the most effective way to comply with UK legal obligations that electrical equipment is safe. PAT testing is also a fundamental activity in internal electrical equipment maintenance routines.

As you reading this article, we’re sure you are already aware of the importance of PAT testing for your London based premises, but you may be feeling a little overwhelmed by the array of London PAT testing companies that are available and vying to win your business.

With so many London electrical companies offering PAT testing services, how can you be sure that you are choosing the right providers for your organisation and your environments? This article offers a handy checklist of important questions, and our answers, to help you make an informed decision when choosing the right electrical testing company for your PAT testing requirements.

Why is PAT testing important?

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the inspection and testing of portable electrical equipment in the workplace. The various electrical inspections, tests and checks on the appliance ensure it’s safe to use by the organisation’s staff and any members of the public that may use them.

How often should PAT testing be carried out?

Every site needs a risk assessment to determine how frequently the appliances need to be inspected and tested. The risk assessment identifies your PAT testing requirements.

The PAT testing frequency for every electrical device used depends on the type of appliance, the environment it’s used in and how the appliance is made. For instance, an office PC is required to have a visual inspection every two years and a full inspection every five years. However, the electrical extension that the PC is plugged into would require a visual inspection every year, and a full test every two years, because the extension is likely to be moved and handled frequently which increases the risk of a fault developing.

Is the PAT testing company competent?

Of course when it comes to electrical safety, the key question to ask is whether the PAT testing company have the expertise, and are trustworthy to do a competent job.

Reputable PAT testers are likely to be NICEIC approved contractors. NICEIC assess electrical contractors to ensure they are providing the highest levels of quality and efficiency. NICEIC approval is one of the highest levels of accreditation in the electrical services industry.

Other accreditations to look for, for assurance of expertise and reliability, include ConstructionLine, CHAS, CompEx for working in the hazardous areas industry, and APEA for working within the petroleum industry.

If you’re a medium to large size organisation, working with electrical contractors that have effective management and reporting systems in-place can help your PAT testing regime integrate seamlessly with your facilities management systems. Choosing electrical contractors holding ISO standards, such as ISO 9001 for management systems and ISO 14001:2015 for environmental performance management, could be a reassuring choice for seamless project management and reporting.

Don’t be afraid to ask your prospective electrical contractor about which accreditations they hold.

Does the service comply with the law?

PAT testing is almost always the best maintenance program for electrical appliances. If you don’t have an effective plug-in appliance maintenance program, your organisation is breaking UK law along with various statutory regulations including PUWER 1998 and EAWR 1989.

Increasingly, insurance companies are insisting that PAT testing is conducted every 12 months. Local council inspections are also making PAT testing a routine part of their audits. With all this in mind, your organisation needs PAT testing.

What records do they provide and keep?

Modern technology is increasingly being used to improve the efficiency of PAT testing record keeping.

Progressive electrical contractors are now using smartphones and tablets for test reports, which can be uploaded and available instantly online. For busy organisation’s, instant and easy retrieval of testing documentation can be a big time-saver.

Does the PAT testing company have the resources to meet the needs of medium to large size organisations?

Many electrical contractors are small businesses. If you’re a medium-sized to larger organisation, for example with multi-site locations, a key consideration is check whether the PAT testing company have the manpower to provide the testing and support you need to stay up-to-date.

Even if the PAT testing company have enough electrical engineers in one area, do they have the operating range to effectively cover sites in different regions, for example across the country? Costs can skyrocket, and service can be compromised, if it’s too much of a stretch for a small electrical company to cover your multi-site premises.

Why Choose Reaction Group for your London PAT tests?

Reaction Group is a leading London PAT testing company and one of the UK’s most trusted nationwide electrical services partner. Their team of certified engineers have provided expert electrical services for over 12 years, helping clients to comply with UK law and stay safe. In that time, they’ve worked with businesses across London and the UK, from smaller enterprises to global brands including the BBC, Transport For London (TFL), Amazon, Samsung and Coca Cola.

Choose Reaction Group for PAT testing in London because:

  • Full London coverage, with multi-site capacity
  • Nationwide coverage by a team of over 40 certified electrical engineers based across the country
  • NICEIC approved contractors
  • Holders of a range of industry leading certifications, including specialist certifications for industries and environments such as oil, gas, and petroleum
  • Online reporting available instantly for accurate and efficient reporting
  • Holders of ISO 9001 for effective management systems and ISO 14001:2015 for environmental performance management
  • Specialists for medium-sized to large enterprises and environments
  • 100% money back guarantee
  • Value – one of the UK’s most competitive providers for PAT testing

Next steps

Click the following link to learn more about Reaction Group’s London PAT testing service. For advice about your organisation’s PAT testing requirements, contact Reaction Group’s friendly team in London on 0203 961 5855. If you’re ready to arrange your PAT testing, book Reaction Group for London PAT tests here.

Pat testing in Manchester

PAT testing in Manchester

Competitive rates, fast response and a professional manner, has resulted in Reaction Group being recognised as a leading provider of PAT testing in Manchester. Our experienced team use the latest, fully certified PAT testing equipment to service properties and businesses in Manchester.

Our thorough testing approach allows us to provide safe PAT testing in Manchester, which is instantly reported with a full asset register of your equipment.

“The PAT testing service we received from Reaction has been first class and I would highly recommend them.” Deborah Best – Evans Harvey Ltd.

Key tasks included in our PAT testing in Manchester

A variety of visual inspections are undertaken, including looking for:

  • Defects
  • Any signs of rust or water damage
  • Broken, loose or exposed wires
  • Surrounding objects or elements which may impact the performance of the equipment
  • Environmental impacts to the equipment such as exposure to sunlight

Circuit and electrical testing includes:

  • Dismantling plugs where appropriate
  • Checking the terminals for tightness
  • Completing a series of pre-set tests to confirm they are fit for use alongside current legislation

Testing, labeling and reporting

On the items which PASS the PAT testing UK requirements, we will correctly label the equipment. Any appliances or equipment labelled with a FAIL are rendered inoperable and should either be disposed of or fixed, to which our expert team can provide recommendations.

Following a PAT testing visit in Manchester, we will provide a comprehensive digital report on the status of your appliances. We will also maintain a copy of the report at our office in case of loss or requirement of the document in the event of an enquiry.

Read more about the legalities of PAT Testing in our article here.

Why are Reaction Group different?

The experienced, professional and reliable team at Reaction Group has been built over many years of serving our customers with comprehensive electrical and PAT testing services. Our engineers all hold the correct qualifications, which means we only send NICEIC registered engineers to work with your business.

As a client of Reaction Group, you will benefit from:

  • Free site survey and quote estimation
  • Ability to test 12v, 110v, 230v, 415v equipment
  • Professional advice given as standard
  • Minimal disruption to your workplace
  • Free minor repairs such as plug replacements
  • Reduced cost for a re-test
  • Out of hours service at no extra cost

Call today to organise PAT testing in Manchester

We can provide comprehensive PAT testing in Manchester for both domestic and commercial premises; so if your home, office, property, care home or school needs their portable appliances tested, then give Reaction Group a call. We allow our team to work flexibly to best accommodate our clients and are happy to organise tests outside of working hours.

To book a free survey for your PAT testing in Manchester, please email or call us on 0203 961 5855.

PAT testing in London with Reaction Group

PAT Testing in London

PAT testing in London

If you or your business require PAT testing in London, then you’re in the right place. At Reaction Group we provide a professional and comprehensive PAT testing service for businesses in and around London.

PAT testing in London – the basics

PAT testing or Portable Appliance testing covers the testing on portable electrical appliances within a premises and should be carried out by a competent PAT testing engineer. Common examples of tested appliances include PCs, printers, kitchen equipment and handheld construction equipment like drills.

Although there are currently no legal requirements for PAT testing to be performed within the workplace; there is a duty of care when it comes to electrical safety and employers, landlords and the self-employed are expected to take reasonable measures to prevent danger.

Therefore, by organising regular PAT tests at your business in London will help keep your employees or residents safe by reducing potential issues that may arise.

Did you know over 25% of all fires in the workplace are linked to a malfunction of either a piece of electrical equipment, wiring, or both.

What happens during a PAT Test in London

A PAT testing London engineer will conduct visual and electrical tests when carrying out portable appliance testing. The visual inspections will check for any visible damage such as broken wires, rust, exposure to water or sunlight. If deemed safe enough, the engineer will then perform appliance tests to analyse the electrical flow and will provide a report which will be shared with the client.

Each appliance will be noted as a pass or fail, and our engineers will provide recommendations for when the next PAT testing visit should be organised. This will vary for each business due to many factors influencing the health and safety of the appliances such as age of the equipment, type of appliance, exposure to water or rough weather conditions, how often the equipment is used and if there have been any modifications to the equipment.

How to choose a PAT testing London partner

We take the health and safety of our clients and their staff seriously, therefore extra care is taken to ensure all the jobs we work on are treated on an individual basis. When we start a new PAT testing London job for a client, we carry out a detailed site survey first and ensure all the appropriate paperwork is completed before any work is started.

When choosing a PAT testing London partner, you want to ensure they have all the necessary qualifications and reputable associations. At Reaction Group, we are NICEIC accredited which is the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry. For nearly sixty years they have assessed the electrical competence of electricians and maintain over 26,000 registered contractors.

We are also SafeContractor approved, Constructionline registered, a CHAS accredited contractor and part of the Apea scheme. Read more about our accreditations and what they mean for you and your business.

PAT Testing in London with Reaction Group

Our expert engineers are available in London to provide comprehensive PAT testing services for you and your business. No matter the size, type or risk level, we can find a bespoke solution for you and will work with you to create a suitable maintenance package.

To learn more about our PAT testing London services or to book a free initial survey, please get in touch with our team on 0203 961 5855 or email us on

Fixed Wire Testing FAQs

Fixed Wire Testing FAQs

Fixed wire testing is a procedure that shouldn’t be overlooked by businesses, landlords and homeowners. Every electrical installation is likely to deteriorate over time and may become unsafe for use. For this reason, it’s important for these installations to be tested at regular intervals to avoid potential danger. To help clear some of the confusion around fixed wire testing, we have pulled together the most common questions we get asked.

What is fixed wire testing?

Fixed wire testing is the inspection, testing and reporting of electrical systems within a home, workplace or premises. Due to the potential risks associated with electrical wiring, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 came into force in 1990, which ensures employers monitor the condition of their electrical systems. Learn more about basics of fixed wire testing >

What is a fixed electrical installation?

A fixed electrical installation is any hard electrical wiring within a home or building which is not portable. A few common examples include distribution boards, lighting points, socket outlets and air conditioning.

Who should carry out fixed wire tests?

Only a professional, qualified individual should perform fixed wire tests, due to the potential hazards associated. When selecting a fixed wire testing company to complete your tests you should ensure they hold the correct qualifications and carry out the necessary health and safety checks before performing the tests. These may include being an NICEIC Approved Contractor, Safe Contractor, Constructiononline or CHAS approved to name a few.

At Reaction Group, we ensure all our electricians are C&G 2391 qualified and our company are accredited by the industry-leading organisations. Take a look at our full list of accreditations here >

What happens during a fixed wire test?

During a typical fixed wire test, the electrician will carry out a health and safety survey to ensure any potential risks are noted and managed to keep any risks to a minimum. The fixed wire testing professional will then perform a variety of rigorous tests including visual interrogation and circuit testing to evaluate the operation of your fixed installation systems.

These results will then be recorded and appropriate recommendation will be provided which may result in the systems being deemed unsafe for use or simply to schedule another check within the suggested period.

How often should I get my electrical installation inspected?

Depending on certain factors, the regularity of your recommended tests are likely to differ; these factors may include:

  • Age of the electrical wiring
  • Type of business and how often the system is used
  • Size of the system
  • Impacts of the surrounding environment e.g. water exposure or sunlight exposure

Typically we recommend the following timeframes for scheduled fixed wire testing:

  • Businesses / Commercial – every 5 years
  • Domestic or homeowner – at least every 10 years
  • Landlord’s tenanted property – every 5 years or at each change of occupancy, whichever comes first, as per the Landlords and Tenant Act 1985.
  • Industrial Units or premises – every 3 years
  • Churches/ Chapels etc. – every 3 years
  • Petrol Filling Stations –annually

How can I find an electrician in my area?

There are many fixed wire testing companies across the UK who can offer comprehensive services for your home, business or properties.

At Reaction Group, we have a network of employees that cover all UK locations and can provide clients with a 24/7 callout service in case any issues arise in between scheduled visits. Simply get in touch with our team so we can find a fixed wire testing electrician near you.

What responsibility do landlords have for fixed wire testing?

As per the Landlords and Tenant Act 1985, landlords have a responsibility to keep electrical wiring safe and in working order during short leases. Therefore it is recommended that landlords organise fixed wire testing and PAT testing at regular intervals. As mentioned above, this should be every 5 years or at each change of occupancy, whichever comes sooner.

What’s the difference between fixed wire testing and PAT testing?

Fixed wire testing refers to the testing of installed wire systems which are often hidden and more difficult to test, repair and visually see an issue.

On the other hand, PAT testing is the process of testing electrical equipment that is portable such as refrigerators, PCs, TVs and DIY drills. These tend to have wires and require the user to plug the equipment in to use; these pose a different risk to users. As per the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 employers and landlords have a duty of care to ensure portable appliances are maintained properly to prevent danger. See our article here to learn more about the difference >

How do I book a fixed wire test?

To learn more about fixed wire testing or to book a free initial site survey, please get in touch with our friendly team on 0203 961 5855 or email us at

PAT Testing companies in London

Choosing PAT Testing Companies in London

With a range of PAT Testing companies in London, it’s important to select a partner you can trust and rely on. PAT Testing is a proven process that can reduce the risk of electrical harm and in worst case scenarios, prevent loss of lives.

In 2015/16, there were 15,432 fires of electrical origin, of which 80.5% were caused by appliances and products.

Avoid electrical harm with PAT Testing

PAT Testing is the process of testing portable appliances to ensure they are safe to use within the workplace. Examples of such portable appliances include handheld drills, washing machines and IT equipment. Read more about the importance of PAT Testing here >

PAT Testing companies can assist by performing regular tests on your business’ portable appliances to ensure they are safe for use. During a PAT Testing visit, the company will perform visual inspections, ensure the cables are in good condition, test the insulation between carrying parts, check any exposed metal that could be touched and may also perform circuit tests.

What makes a PAT Testing company stand out?

PAT Testing companies should put their clients first and carry out bespoke tests appropriate to their needs. With the safety of others at potential risk, it is important that the PAT Testing professionals hold the appropriate qualifications and follow health and safety procedures.

A professional PAT tester should take extra care when performing PAT Tests and take into consideration the surrounding environment, the age of the equipment and how frequent the equipment is used, before carrying out tests. The mentioned factors may increase any of the potential risks to the tester, employees and environment.

Why should you choose Reaction Group as your PAT Testing company?

At Reaction Group, we take pride in knowing our clients will receive thorough PAT Tests to ensure their equipment is safe for use. Our team will perform a health and safety survey of the equipment and environment to analyse the level of potential risk before carrying out the tests.

If you experience any issues, our electricians are available 24/7 and will offer their expertise to help you!

Our team of experienced engineers work efficiently to ensure minimal disruption to your workplace. Our engineers are all qualified to C&G2377 and as an NICEIC approved company, you can rest assured our practices are competent and always meet the technical and safety standards.

PAT Testing companies in London

If you are a business in London, please get in touch with us at Reaction Group for a quote. We have worked with businesses in London and across the UK, from small enterprises to global organisations such as Amazon, Samsung and Coca-Cola.

We can provide one-off or regular maintenance packages for your business in London which takes into consideration the size, type and level of risk. Call 0203 961 5855.

Avoid electrical downtime with fixed wire testing

Avoid electrical downtime with fixed wire tests

The main purpose of fixed wire testing is to ensure your electrical system is safe and compliant with the current regulations. But if you have ever experienced electrical failures at work that you wish had been avoided, you’ll understand the hassle! During these inconvenient periods of downtime, it can cost the business in expenses and loss of productivity.

The risk of electrical related issues arising can easily be avoided through simple steps and regular fixed wire testing. As you become more reliant on the fixed wire installations in your business or warehouse premises, it makes sense to look after them. We have compiled a few key steps to ensuring the health of your fixed wire systems.

Key steps to follow to keep your fixed wire installations safe:

  1. Keep them clear & clean
    Make sure the main electrical points in your home, premise or building are kept tidy and clear of unnecessary obstructions. These fixed wire systems rely on air circulation to keep it cool and this may be blocked due to other items. The areas should be clean and free of dirt or dust, and ideally should be properly sealed to avoid people without permission or any rodents from entering.
  2. Always use warning signs
    Make sure your fixed wire installations are clearly marked with the appropriate signs or labels, as this will help identify them as areas of risk to employees and the general public.
  3. Don’t overload a system without professional guidance
    If you are looking to adjust or add to your fixed wire system, consult a professional. Although this may sound like a simple idea, it is highly dangerous to the individual handling the system and puts the health and efficiency of the fixed wire system at risk. A qualified fixed wire testing engineer will be able to assist you; they will have all the appropriate tools and equipment needed to test the current system.

Ensure you have regular fixed wire testing

Fixed wire tests are effective inspection and testing of electrical installations (also known as Fixed Wire Installation Testing). During these tests, an engineer will inspect the fixed wiring through visual, electrical and circuit testing. These tests cover all the hard wiring in a building which may include; socket outlets, lighting, air conditioning, fixed plant, main panels and distribution boards.

Over time wires can deteriorate and can be deemed no longer safe or compliant in a short amount of time. Regular fixed wire testing is highly recommended as electrical safety should never be second-guessed.

How often should fixed wire testing be carried out?

The frequency of your fixed wire tests depends on the size of your building, type of premises and complexity of your fixed wire installations. However, as a general rule, you should look to have an engineer in every 1-2 years. If your premises are considered high risk, such as high water risks or exposure from sunlight/tough weather conditions, we would recommend having tests more regularly.

Fixed wire testing with Reaction Group

At Reaction Group, our experienced engineers work quickly and safely to ensure minimal disruption to you. We offer a variety of packages which are tailored to the needs of the client and are offered at a highly competitive price.

We hold all the health and safety accreditations, so you can rest assured our practices are competent and always meet the standards.

Organise fixed wire testing

To book a visit from our engineers, please email or call 0203 961 5855.