The process of carrying out PAT Testing is not a legal requirement BUT... ensuring electrical equipment is safe in your workplace and for others to use, is a legal requirement and it is a PAT Test that confirms whether an appliance is safe. So although PAT Testing is not a legal requirement, it is recognised as the standard way to meet the legal obligation.
Compliance with Health & Safety regulations should be important for your company as it safeguards your employees and customers and even your business as a whole.
Portable Appliance Testing or PAT Testing as it is better known as, helps to ensure that you as the Duty Holder comply with various Health & Safety regulations. Insurance companies will expect you to perform a Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (ISITEE) to ensure that you are compliant with certain regulations including:
Your insurance company may insist that you carry out PAT Testing for your public liability and employer’s liability cover to be valid.
We’d recommend checking with your insurance provider if you are not sure.
It is a legal requirement that you keep your equipment well-maintained to protect your employees and customers from harm. Under the regulations above, you must keep electrical equipment safe. This is to prevent staff and customer injury, as well as damage to buildings.
PAT Testing can help identify not only visible risks but invisible risks using specialist equipment. This will result in a piece of electrical equipment passing or failing inspection. The most effective way to ensure your electrical equipment is safe is by carrying out regular PAT Testing.
PAT Testing in the workplace can be carried out with social distancing measures taken and we can always work around your business hours. PAT Testing is a vital part of your Health and Safety provision. The process tests portable equipment for electrical safety and helps to ensure a safe working environment.
The Health & Safety Executive states that a quarter of all accidents with electrical equipment are based around portable appliances. To combat this, regulations protect workers by placing a legal responsibility on employers, employees and even self-employed workers to comply with legislation – and take steps to protect themselves. This requires regular systems of maintenance, inspection and testing. The Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) applies in the following circumstances:
Are you aware that as a employer you are responsible for work issued equipment, whilst employees are working from home. Get your equipment PAT Tested keep safe and keep within regulations to avoid any liabilities.
Required by employers, landlords and self-employed to ensure safety of their electrical equipment. The Health & Safety Executive provides no set rule on testing frequency, only that testing should be done regularly to ensure preventative maintenance. The reason that there is no set frequency is because different situations arise that call for different measures. There are a number of factors that affect the testing frequency and it is up to the Duty Holder to determine when testing should be carried out.
In order to determine how often you should have your appliances tested, you should bear in mind a few different factors:
Equipment that is used more should be tested more frequently. This equipment is likely to suffer less damage than that used regularly.
If people using equipment report any damages as they become noticeable, there is less chance of a major hazard. If equipment regularly receives damage or abuse that is not reported then inspections and testing are required more frequently.