Portable Appliance Testing
there can be some confusion over the need and depth of Portable Appliance
Testing (PAT) and the levels of inspection & testing required, we
thought it would be helpful to offer some background to PAT with the
following questions and answers.
is Portable Appliance Testing required?
quarter of all serious electrical accidents involve portable electrical
appliances. There is a requirement for an employer to take adequate
steps to protect the users of those appliances from both electrical shock
and fire hazards. The Health and Safety Executive claim nearly 2000
fires in 1991 were caused by faulty leads or appliances.
meet the requirements of the 1989 Electricity at Work Act it is
widely regarded to be necessary to implement a program of planned
inspection and testing of portable appliances.
is responsible for portable appliance safety?
responsibility for safety applies equally to small firms (including the
self-employed) as well as to larger organisations. In addition to
being responsible for the safety of their own portable appliances they are
also responsible for those brought onto site by employees or
contractors. Landlords are responsible for any electrical equipment
“Electricity At Work Regulations” place a duty upon employers, the
self-employed, and employees, to ensure that the risks associated with the
use of electrical equipment are controlled. The HSE “Memorandum of
Guidance on the Electricity at Work Regulations” implies that the “duty
holders” have a responsibility to maintain electrical equipment to ensure
it remains safe.
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