PAT Testing

All electrical items brought into residences which are over a year old must have a Safety Test and be certified. Electrical goods without a valid certificate or receipt confirming they are under a year old will be removed, along with any prohibited items.

 

Electrical items which are not PAT tested cannot be used within University Residences. Ideally, you need to have items PAT tested before arrival so you know they are safe to use. Our PAT testing roadshow is available to test any items you didn’t get to test before your arrival – therefore, these items cannot be used until they are tested at the roadshow.

Please see our PAT Testing Roadshow Poster for information on what to get tested, where to go, how much it is and when to go.

 

What needs testing?

All electrical items over 12 months old will need testing as detailed in the Residents' Handbook 2018-2019 which forms part of the Accommodation Licence Agreement. This includes any item which is plugged into a wall socket (eg. phone chargers / adapters / TV / hair dryer). Even items with a detachable charger will need testing (eg. Laptop / TV / Printer).

What if my items are too heavy to carry?

If you have an electrical item which needs PAT testing and can’t carry it (eg. TV / printer) then it may be worth asking any friends / flatmates for assistance.

Alternatively, you may find another external PAT testing company who may be able to help.

Please note that the University is not obliged to help carry belongings to the PAT testing roadshow for you and all items over 12 months old need testing as detailed in the Resident’s Handbook which forms part of the Accommodation Licence Agreement.

What if it’s less than 12 months old?

If your item is less than 12 months old, it will not need to be PAT tested however, you will need proof of this; a receipt of purchase.  Items less than 12 months old do not need to be PAT tested as they will already have been checked during the manufacturing process to ensure they comply with safety regulations.

You do not need to bring proof to the PAT testing roadshow, just keep the receipt / proof safe in case any of the items need checking.

I got my item PAT tested last year, do I need to get it done again?

A PAT test only lasts for a year therefore, if you got your electrical items tested last year, you will still need to get them PAT tested again.

Is there a deadline to get them tested by?

Ideally, you need to have items PAT tested before arrival so you know they are safe to use. Our PAT testing roadshow is available to test any items you didn’t get to test before your arrival – therefore, these items cannot be used until they are tested at the roadshow.

There is no set deadline for getting items PAT tested however all electrical items over 12 months old will need testing by either the University’s PAT testing roadshow or an external PAT tester. If any electrical items which haven’t been PAT tested are found in University residences after the PAT testing roadshow has finished, they will be removed

What if I don’t get items PAT tested?

Any electrical items which either: haven’t been PAT tested or haven’t got proof that they are under 12 months old, may be removed from your residences and kept for you to collect at the end of your Licence Agreement.

If there is an electrical fire or damage to your residence due to the use of an electrical item which has not been PAT tested / deemed safe to use, you will be responsible for any charges and may be prosecuted.

Why do items need testing?

Electrical items need PAT testing in order to ensure they are safe to use and do not pose a fire safety risk when in use.