Do I have to PAT test second-hand equipment?

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Do I have to PAT test second hand equipment

Do you need to get second-hand electrical equipment PAT tested? In this short guide, we’ll look at what you need to do if you’re buying or selling equipment.

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 you don’t need to factor your equipment into your PAT 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 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.

What do I need to do if I am selling second-hand electrical equipment?

If you are selling second-hand electrical equipment, you need to ensure it is sold in a safe condition.

If someone buys faulty electrical equipment from you, you could be held liable if it causes damage or injury.

PAT testing is the most effective way to ensure the equipment you sell is safe.

Want to find out more about PAT testing second-hand electrical goods?

Hawkesworth has nearly thirty years of experience PAT testing for a variety of different industries.

Whether you need PAT testing for a charity shop or want peace of mind that the second-hand equipment you’ve purchased is safe to use, we’re here to help.

Contact us today for your no-obligation quote.


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