PAT testing
and YOU

Recent figures suggest that around a quarter of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances. The HSE report that in the five years between 1996/7 and 2000/01, 71 workers were killed and 2804 injured in accidents involving electricity! It is therefore imperative:-

  • That you comply with regulatory health and safety legislation whose purpose is to prevent death or injury to anyone from any electrical cause as a result of, or in connection with, work activities. See below for further health and safety links.

  • That you comply with requirements from your insurance company because if it is proven you have not carried out sufficient maintenance and risk assessments your insurance may become void in the case of an accident!

So in order to comply you need your appliances PAT tested in conjunction with The IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment 4th Edition. which forms an important part of your overall health and safety policy procedures and risk assessments.

Specific legislation relevant to electrical maintenance is a follows:

Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1992
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1992
The Fire Safety Order 2005*

*states that is now the duty of the responsible person to carry out and enforce continual fire safety risk assessments which includes the maintenance of portable appliances.



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