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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
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:
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.
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
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