PAT Testing by Shires Fire and Safety
PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) testing is a requirement under the Electrical Regulations.
Pat testing or portable appliance testing is an important part of any health & safety policy. This site is intended as a guide to both the legal implications and to the technical requirements.
The Health & Safety Executive states that 25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances. 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 reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of such equipment. This in effect 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:
- Where appliances are used by employees.
- Where the public may use appliances in establishments.
- Where appliances are supplied or hired.
- Where appliances are repaired or serviced.
The level of inspection and testing required is dependent upon the risk of the appliance becoming faulty, which is in turn dependent upon the type of appliance, the nature of its use and the environment in which it is used.
It is an important way to help protect you, your employees and your customers. If you choose not to PAT test and an electrical appliance is found to be faulty, it could be difficult to prove your innocence.
PAT testing is required for all electrical portable appliances. Over time and miss-use, the portable appliances may become damaged and worn. It is important that you take the relevant steps to prevent an electrical accident.
At Shires Fire & Safety, we test, inspect and certify every portable appliance. All problems, if any, are reported. All appliances must be tested annually.
Failure to comply can result in a criminal offence under the consumer protection act 1987; this can carry a fine of £5,000 and or 6 months imprisonment. Landlords and letting agents are open to be sued also.
Contact UsShires Fire & Safety Ltd
Unit 4, Queensway Link Industrial Park
Stafford Park 17
Tel: 0800 542 3267