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Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

 

There are two main types of electrical testing and inspection in the home and office. Periodic Inspection (EICR) of all the fixed wiring, and Portable Appliance testing.

Who is responsible?

Regulation 3 of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states:
"It shall be the duty of every employer and self employed person to comply with the provisions of the Regulations in as far as they relate to matters which are within his control.
It shall be the duty of every employee while at work:
(a) to co-operate with his employer so far as is necessary to enable any duty placed on that employer by the provision of the Regulations to be complied with:
(b) comply with the provision of these regulations in so far as they relate to matters which are within his control."
The buck stops at the employer, but it is the responsibility of everyone at work to ensure the electrical safety of equipment. If it is found to be unsafe it is every employees responsibility to inform the relevant personnel within the organisation.

Why should I carry out Portable appliance testing?

PAT testing is an important duty in any environment where people work or visit. 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 reasonable, practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from using electrical equipment. This requires the implementation of a systematic and regular program of maintenance, inspection and testing. The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) places such an obligation in the following circumstances:
1. Where appliances are used by employees.
2. Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc.
3. Where appliances are supplied or hired.
4. Where appliances are repaired or serviced.
The IET publish a Code of Practice which forms the guidance's of PAT testing Best Practice.
It is therefore imperative that you have a regular and recordable PAT testing routine whether you do it yourself or use a reputable Electrical Contractor, to ensure you comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations or indeed the Health and Safety at Work Act.
 
More information from the Health and Safety Executive can be found here:- http://www.hse.gov.uk/electricity/faq-portable-appliance-testing.htm
 
Portable Appliance testing starts from as little as £45.00 Inc. 10 items plus £1.50 per additional items. For larger quantities or multiple properties please enquire... for a no obligation quote.......