A visual inspection of the equipment, especially the leads. Cords must be well anchored, connections made solidly and no damaged insulation. Plug pins should be undamaged with no discolouration evident.
The appliance will be tested with a PAT tester to test for any unseen electrical faults. These tests include:
- Insulation resistance;
- Earth continuity;
- Polarity test; and
- Earth leakage test.
A coloured safety tag is placed on the equipment verifying it is electrically safe for use.
A record is made of the test, and a report is provided of all test results.