There are no regulations for how often appliances need to be tested. There are three factors that influence how often an appliance should be tested: –
- Risk level of the workspace
- Electrical class of the appliance
- Category of the appliance
In short, the type of appliance, the way in which it’s used and the environment it’s in will determine the frequency of tests. Factors such as the age and history of an appliance, how often it’s used and manufacturer’s recommendations should also be considered.
For example, desktop computers in a small office would not need to be tested as often as power tools on a construction site. We carry out portable appliance testing in busy commercial kitchens a couple of times a year, whilst a low footfall office may require testing to be done once every 3 years.
Our electricians are able to recommend a suitable schedule of testing after carrying out a brief survey of the property.
Note: New appliances generally don’t need testing, as manufacturers are required by law to have supplied them in a safe condition.