And then there was PAT.
PAT stands for Portable Appliance Testing
Yeah, as I’ve read, it’s pretty common here in Britain. I have to confess though, that it is a bit annoying. As I was living into University’s halls, I had to open the door to the PAT guys to test my appliance.
I will also cite this from the previous Wikipedia article, because I can.
“Misleading advice and advertising, often by companies who offer the testing, is contributing to low-risk businesses such as offices, shops and hotels paying unnecessarily for over-the-top maintenance regimes.
The law simply requires an employer to ensure that electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent danger – it does not state that every item has to be tested or how often testing needs to be carried out.”