The best way of ensuring that your appliances are safe is to have a PAT test carried out on them. The Electricity at Work Regulations requires that employers maintain their electrical systems at work to prevent any danger to anyone. This is a good way to ensure you are meeting legal obligations to maintain high standards of electrical safety in a business/property.
What is PAT Testing?
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the name of a process by which electrical appliances are routinely checked for safety. Testing involves a visual inspection of the equipment, electrical safety defects can be found by visual examinations but some types of defect can only be found by testing. A visual examination is an essential part of the process because some types of electrical safety defect cannot be detected by testing alone.
What does the LAW say
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is
maintained in a safe condition and The Health & Safety Work Act (1974) places such an obligation in the following circumstances:
Where appliances are used by employees.
Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, colleges, hotels, shops etc.
Where appliances are supplied or hired.
The level of inspection and testing required is dependent upon the risk of the appliance becoming faulty, which in turn is dependent upon the type of appliance, the nature of its use and the environment in which it is used.
How we can help.
If you would like to find out more about PAT Testing or if you think you could benefit from having your electrical equipment
PAT tested, please get in touch with us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0330 353 0070.