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What types of appliance need to be tested

Basically, any type of equipment, which is powered by electrical energy.


The IET Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment states that this Code of Practice covers:


Portable Appliances:

An appliance of less than 18 kg in mass that is intended to be moved while in operation or an appliance which can easily be moved from one place to another, e.g. toaster, food mixer, vacuum cleaner, fan heater.


Movable Equipment (sometimes called Transportable):

This is equipment, which is either: 18 kg or less in mass and not fixed, e.g. electric fire, or equipment with wheels, castors or other means to facilitate movement by the operator as required to perform its intended use, e.g. air conditioning unit.


Hand-held Appliances:

This is portable equipment intended to be held in the hand during normal use, e.g. hair dryer, drill, soldering iron


Stationary Equipment or Appliances:

This equipment has a mass exceeding 18 kg and is not provided with a carrying handle, e.g. refrigerator, washing machine.


Information Technology Equipment (Business Equipment):

Information technology equipment includes electrical business equipment such as computer and mains powered telecommunications equipment, and other equipment for general business use, such as mail processing machines, electric plotters, trimmers, VDUs, data terminal equipment, typewriters, telephones, printers, photo-copiers, power packs.


Extension Leads:

The use of extension leads should be avoided where possible. If used, they should be tested as portable appliances. It is recommended that 3-core leads (including a protective earthing conductor) be used.

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