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Portable Appliance Testing or PAT Testing is there to ensure a particular piece of equipment is safe to use.
The Health and Safety at Work act 1974 (sections 2,3 and 4) places a duty of care upon the employer to ensure the safety of employees and others using the workplace.
The act also places a duty of care on the employer to ensure the safety of those who are not employed but are affected by the work activity, such as customers in a shop, students in a school / collage, cinema audience etc.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 state:
'Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided' (Regulation 4(1))
'Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in an efficient working order and in good repair'. (Regulation 5(1))
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 state:
'As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger.' (Regulation 4(2))
Although there is no specific legislative requirement to carry out inspection and testing, there is clearly a legal requirement to to ensure all electrical systems, including portable appliances, remain in a safe condition, and failure to do so would be a criminal offence.
Not complying with the above mentioned regulations can result in fines up to £5,000 and/or six months imprisonment. Fines have been seen to go as high as £20,000 and offences heard in the Crown Court have carried sentences of more than 2 years imprisonment in additional to unlimited financial penalties. So even though PAT testing itself is not legally required, it simply helps you to protect yourself by ensuring that you are complying with these regulations.
The legislation places the bulk of the maintenance responsibility on the employer. The employer must see that the maintenance requirements are fulfilled.
The Duty Holder, usually the manager of the establishment, has a specific responsibility to ensure that the maintenance is carried out and must oversee the work and ensure that those carrying it out are competent to do so.
There is currently no strict legal requirement for PAT testing. The Government however has put the above regulations into place that pertain to the maintenance of electrical appliances and the most effective way to ensure that these regulations are met is through PAT testing.
All landlords, employers and even self-employed individuals are required by law to make sure that their portable electrical appliances are safe and are used for the purposes intended. These appliances should always be maintained properly and remain in good working order.
Aside from the requirements to meet the strict legislation, insurance companies are increasingly requiring that PAT testing is done to ensure safety for employees and members of the public and to reduce the risk of fire.
This is the minimum charge for between 1 and 20 items
Adjustments to plugs to make safe and replacement fuses are included in these prices.
Feel free to contact us to discuss your PAT testing needs.
All our engineers are qualified to the current 18th edition IET wiring regulations