Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
With portable appliance testing the level of inspection required varies according to the risk of an appliance becoming faulty, this dependant on the type of appliance and the environment in which it is used.
PAT Testing forms an important part of the Safety at Work Act (1974). Increasingly the insurance industry requires that PAT Testing be carried out prior to the renewal of an insurance policy, this because over 1,000 work place accidents involving electric shock are reported to The Health & Safety Executive each year, a significant proportion of which are fatal. Most of these reported accidents involve portable appliances.
The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers and self employed persons to take reasonable practical steps to ensure no danger results from the use of any electrical appliances. This requires the introduction of a systematic and regular programmed schedule of maintenance, inspection and testing. The Safety at Work Act places such an obligation in the following conditions:-
- * Where appliances are used by employees.
- * Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops, etc.
- * Where appliances are supplied or hired.
- * Where appliances are repaired or serviced.
To find out more about how JMC Electrical can help you meet your testing obligations, give us a call.