So why do you need to PAT Test your items?
Think of PAT testing as an MOT. What I mean by that is, when Electrical appliances are new they are, or should be, perfectly safe but after use can deteriorate to an extent where the risk of electric shock or a fire is a distinct possibility.
By having your items tested on a regular basis you are demonstrating your responsibilities as an Employer.
You will also find that a growing number of Insurance Companies are stipulating that items are tested as a necessary condition of their Insurance Cover.
In the event of a fire or electrical accident your Insurance Company may well ask to see evidence that PAT testing had taken place.
In Summary, Portable Appliance Testing is a way of maintaining electrical equipment. It reduces the risk of fires, and of electrical shock.
There are also a number of Health & Safety regulations that are in place to protect employees from danger whilst in the workplace.
These imply directly or indirectly that employers have due care to ensure that electrical appliances do not cause danger to their staff.
The main regulations are:
- The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
- The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
- The Provision & use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998