Portable Appliance Testing Regulations
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. The UK Health and Safety Executive along with insurance companies will expect you to perform PAT testing to ensure that you are compliant with certain Portable Appliance Testing Regulations including:
- Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974
- The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999
The Portable Appliance Testing Regulations can be quite difficult to understand, so it's best to seek professional advice. If something goes wrong and you are a Landlord or an employer, you could be looking at a hefty fine or even a prison sentence.
Contact The PAT Man on 01642 690094 for help and advice regarding Portable Appliance Testing Regulations.
Conforming to PAT testing regulations will help you to ensure that the portable appliances in your business are safe and help you to avoid violations.
The current law requires that all employers maintain portable appliances and ensure their safety. This is done through testing of the appliances to safeguard against damage and to make certain that these items perform properly.
PAT testing regulations requires that all landlords, employers and even self-employed individuals make sure that their portable electrical appliances are safe and are suitable and used for the purposes intended. These appliances should always be maintained properly and remain in good working order.
The guidelines are designed to make certain that this equipment is kept protected and is preserved through regular maintenance as well as inspections and periodic testing. Damage and fault can occur with all electrical equipment use which makes it essential that these items are tested regularly for safety.
PAT testing is done to ensure that all electrical equipment that is classified as “portable” is deemed safe for use. The legislation deems that any competent person can perform it by using a PAT instrument or tester. The visual examination of each appliance in addition to the actual PAT test should be performed only by someone who is deemed competent.
According to PAT testing legislation, a competent person is someone who has experience or knowledge of being able to check and test appliances for safety purposes. Those with knowledge of electricity in general as well as anyone who has experience in electrical work can be deemed capable.
It is imperative that employers, landlords and self-employed individuals follow the rules to ensure that their workplaces are safe.