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PAT Testing Regulations

Conforming to PAT testing regulations will help you to ensure that the portable appliances in your business are safe and help you to avoid violations. PAT testing legislation was put into effect to ensure that all companies conform to the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989, Provision and Use of Work Equipment regulations of 1998 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work regulations of 1999.

The current law requires that all employers maintain portable appliances and ensure their safety. This is done through testing of the appliances to safeguard against damage and to make certain that these items perform properly.

PAT testing law requires that all landlords, employers and even self-employed individuals make sure that their portable electrical appliances are safe and are suitable and used for the purposes intended. These appliances should always be maintained properly and remain in good working order.

The guidelines are designed to make certain that this equipment is kept protected and is preserved through regular maintenance as well as inspections and periodic testing. Damage and fault can occur with all electrical equipment use which makes it essential that these items are tested regularly for safety.

PAT testing is done to ensure that all electrical equipment that is classified as “portable” is deemed safe for use. The legislation deems that any competent person can perform it by using a PAT instrument or tester. The visual examination of each appliance in addition to the actual PAT test should be performed only by someone who is deemed competent.

According to PAT testing legislation, a competent person is someone who has experience or knowledge of being able to check and test appliances for safety purposes. Those with knowledge of electricity in general as well as anyone who has experience in electrical work can be deemed capable.

It is imperative that employers, landlords and self-employed individuals follow the rules to ensure that their workplaces are safe. Testing can be done by any number of PAT testing companies or individuals can obtain certification to perform their own testing by successfully completing coursework in this field

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PAT Testing Health & Safety

PAT testing helps to promote safety within the workplace. In the UK every year there are approximately 30 people killed as a direct result of contact with electricity. Even more are seriously injured. PAT testing helps to reduce the risk of being injured by ensuring that portable appliances are safe for use. HSE PAT testing regulations are designed to ensure that all portable appliances are checked to ensure their safety.

PAT testing health & safety are important in keeping workplaces safe. The Health & Safety Executive estimates that more than 25 percent of all accidents related to electric use involve portable appliances. Portable appliances can include computers and monitors, printers, toasters, fridges, kettles ad anything else that is typically used in every tasks.

Following PAT testing HSE guidelines will ensure that you comply with federal regulations and that you protect yourself, your employees and customers or clients from electrical injuries. Following HSE Pat testing guidelines will help you to significantly reduce the risk of injury or fire from portable electrical appliances and ensures that you are compliant with ISO9000/1 as well as with BS5750. Following these guidelines also helps you to satisfy requirements that may be set forth by insurance companies.

The best reason however for adhering to HSE PAT testing guidelines is to provide your business with a bit of protection and to reduce the risk of serious or fatal injuries due to contact with portable electrical appliances. PAT testing will ensure that all portable appliances are safe for use which will reduce your risks.

  • Of course there are always exceptions to every rule but in general, all appliances that are deemed portable and run on electricity should be checked regularly and maintained properly. adhering to the guidelines is as simple as hiring a PAT tester to check your equipment regularly or obtaining certification so that you are qualified to test equipment yourself.​​