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Highland PAT Testing - Safety Electrical and Portable Appliance PAT Testing in the Highlands of Scotland

 

 

Highland PAT Testing - Safety Electrical and Portable Appliance PAT Testing in the Highlands of Scotland

Highland PAT Testing - Safety Electrical and Portable Appliance PAT Testing in the Highlands of Scotland

 

 
 

PAT Testing and The Law

Under the Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) you have a legal duty of care over your staff to ensure that all portable electrical appliances are properly tested at regular and pre defined intervals.

If you use portable appliances, current Health and Safety Regulations require them to be maintained for safety and this is normally cited as the legal requirement to carry out portable appliance testing.

Accidents at work are costly, 25% of electrical accidents in the work place are caused by faulty appliances, regular inspections and testing can eliminate this.

Visual inspections should be carried out by staff at regular intervals and any faults reported to managers/owners immediately, PAT Testing should, in most cases be carried out every twelve months by qualified PAT Testing engineers.

What the Regulations Say
The UK Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 requires that 'every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adopted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided'.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1998 states 'As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent so far as reasonably practicable, such danger'.

This means that employers (and the self-employed) have a duty of care to ensure that all electrical work equipment is safe, suitable for the purpose and properly maintained in good order. PAT testing is the best way you can fulfil this obligation.

There has been the requirement for Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) ever since the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 came into force in 1990 alongside the 1974 Health & Safety at Work Act.

Every business has to be electrically safe for use by their staff, customers and the public.  Electrical equipment should be maintained and checked regularly to ensure it is safe and in good condition.  In particular, managers (and others, such as landlords) responsible for electrical equipment maintenance should ensure:

  • Equipment is maintained in a safe condition

  • Information is available to equipment users to ensure safety

  • Safe procedures for inspection and testing are used

  • Records of inspection and testing are maintained

Highland PAT Testing are able to undertake inspection and testing of all types of in-service equipment.  Our tests and reports are accepted by major insurance companies, the health and safety executive and licensing authorities.

Further Information
For more information regarding the law on PAT testing, please view the included links to the following websites:

If you need further advice on PAT Testing and how the law affects your business, please give us a call on our local rate number: 0345 2570 320.
 

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