||Many people are under the misunderstanding that new equipment does not need testing. This is not strictly true. Whilst it is true that new equipment should be received from the manufacturer or retailer in a safe condition, it is possible that new equipment has, for example, a power supply lead with reversed polarity or has not had the metal case bonded internally to the earth conductor of the power supply lead. This does not mean that every time you buy a new piece of equipment, you must carry out full PAT Testing on that item. What you must do is ensure that you have a procedure or policy in place whereby you meet your obligations under the law and/or statutory requirements, i.e. new equipment is purchased from reliable sources, new equipment is visually inspected for signs of obvious damage, and you have a regular frequency that testing is carried out. New equipment can, in most environments and situations, be tested during the “round” of PAT Testing. This may not be the case, for example, if equipment is brought onto your premises which is not “new” but is old equipment that have been brought in by a member of staff or the public – in some cases, this equipment has often proven to be potentially the most dangerous. During a cold spell in winter, for example, an employee may bring in a fan heater from home to take the chill off, but may be introducing a dangerous appliance to your premises.