Portable Appliance Testing

At Nationwide electrical contractor services ltd, we verify, as far as is reasonably practical, that the company’s portable electrical appliances are in safe condition to satisfy the requirements of BS EN ISO 9001:2000 and comply with The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, The Electricity at Work (Northern Ireland) 1991and the latest HSE Guidelines.

We recommend that portable appliance testing is carried out on an annual basis, however the appropriate frequency of testing will be dependent on the design of the appliance (Class I or Class II), how easy it is to move and where it is used.

Portable appliance testing includes a thorough visual inspection of the appliance to check for:

  • Damage to the flex
  • Damaged to the plug and casing (overheating, burn marks, discolouration)
  • An incorrectly wired plug
  • An incorrectly rated fuse


For each of the above, where applicable, the following tests are carried out:

  • Function
  • Earth Continuity
  • Insulation Resistance
  • Internal Inspection
  • Flex Polarity
  • Earth Leakage
  • Microwave Leakage
  • Operational

Our engineers carry out both visual and instrument tests in accordance with guidelines and testing procedures laid down by the IEE Code of Practice for Inspecting and Testing of Electrical Equipment.

Remedial Action at No Extra Cost

Appliances are discreetly labelled with the result of the test (pass or fail) and any remedial action that can be taken during testing, including repairing and replacing faulty plugs and fuses, will be carried out at that time at no extra cost.

Minimum Disruption

Since all appliances need to be unplugged for testing, we realise the inconvenience and disruption that this can cause, that’s why we offer an out of hours and weekend service at no extra charge.