What is a Portable Appliance? 

A portable appliance is a piece of equipment which weighs less than 18kg and is capable of being moved whilst in use or can be easily taken from area to area. Item such as vacuum cleaners, stereos, kettles etc fall into this bracket.

Hand Held equipment / appliances are items such as drills, jigsaws, hair driers, and other such appliances that are held in the hand during use. This sort of appliance can hold the greatest danger as an electrical shock from a faulty appliance would travel down the arm passing close to the heart before earthing to ground. In cases like this it is often difficult to let go of the faulty item thus causing more injury.

Movable equipment (transportable) this equipment is weighs less than 18kg and is portable and not fixed in place. This covers such items as appliances on wheels, electric and oil filled fires, microwaves, fans, mobile air conditioning etc.

Stationary equipment / appliances. These are appliances that are fixed in place which are not intended to move and exceeds 18kg in weight. Example of which are washing machines, cookers, tumble driers and fridges.

Fixed equipment / appliances. This covers any appliance that is fixes securely in place such as wall mounted storage heaters, extraction fans, hand driers etc.

Built in equipment. These are appliances like a cooker, fridge extraction hood and other such items which are built in to a unit such as in a kitchen. With this type of appliance they very rarely have outer casing meaning the electrical components are more easily accessible thus having more live parts that could cause an accident if not properly maintained..

Information technology equipment. I.T. products such as computers, printers, fax machines, copiers, xbox, Playstation, telephones etc. 

Extensions leads and multi-way adapters with sockets. These are widely use and often abused. Each socket and lead are tested individually and must pass inspection. .

Testing is not normally required for appliance which are of low voltage like phone chargers, laptop and other low voltage appliances. Most companies prefer to have these tested anyway to ensure staff safety.