What is PAT testing?Portable Appliance Testing is the scheduled program of inspection, maintenance and testing that is carried out on a regular basis to ensure that certain items of electrical equipment are kept safe and servicable.
The Health & Safety Executive states that 25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances.The requirement that this testing take place is implied by several HSE regulations (see across) but sometimes directly by a company's liability insurance policy.
This testing should be carried out by suitably trained and qualified persons and consists of three distinct parts:
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What are the legal requirements?The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 puts the duty of care upon both the employer and the employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises. This includes the self employed.
The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations and take reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of such equipment.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states that:
The effect of these acts is that there is a requirement to inspect and test all types of electrical equipment in all work situations.