PAT
RONICS

Professional testing of your electrical appliances.

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WHAT ARE MY LEGAL REQUIREMENTS TOWARDS PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING?
WHAT HAPPENS ON THE DAY?
Business

Anyone that operates a business is governed by the regulations of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. You have a duty under this Act to as far as reasonably practicable to protect your employees from harm. Injury caused by faulty electrical items is a very real risk to employees. By testing your electrical items you are showing that you are managing this risk.

Your insurers may insist that all electrical items are PAT Tested. They may word this, placing an obligation on you to ensure that they are subject to regular inspection and maintenance. Portable appliance testing is an accepted method of achieving this. A certificate and test report can then be presented to anyone who chooses to audit your business. All items tested will also have clear labels on them.

Landlords / Housing Associations

As a Landlord you have a duty that any electrical item you provide for tenants must be safe to use. Although you may only provide a TV and/or a Sky/Virgin Box these still must be subject to regular testing.

The most common failures in rented properties that we find are overloaded/faulty extension cables, damage to the flex on items such as the hoover and damage to the flex of an item left near an oven or hob. If you have provided these items to your tenants it is your responsibility to be able to prove to a reasonable degree that the equipment is safe to use. 
Portable appliance testing (PAT) is a mixture of visual inspection and electrical tests used to ensure that electrical equipment is safe to use.

Most common faults:
Cracked plugs,
Wrong fuse rating 
Damaged cabling

However testing doesn`t stop there. Once the equipment has passed the visual inspection the calibrated portable appliance tester is then used to ensure that earth connection and electrical insulation within the appliance are operating properly.

All tested equipment is stickered with PASS or FAIL. Each piece is given an individual number and the results of all the tests carried out on that equipment are recorded. The date of the inspection, who the test was carried out by, the items number and result pass/fail are clearly shown on the label.

The simple PASS / FAIL labelling is a clear indication to your employees that an individual piece of equipment is safe to use.

At the end of testing an asset register of all tested equipment and a test report of each item is provided for your records. Documentation can be provided in various formats. Printed hard copy, or emailed to you in Excel, Word or PDF. Whichever you prefer.
  
YOUR BUSINESS, IS REQUIRED BY:

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, to ensure that:
“Every employer shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of:
1- The risks to health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed while they are at work, and
2- The risks to the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him of his undertaking (Regulation 3 (1))”.
 
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 state that:
 “Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose of which it is used or provided (Regulation 4 (1))".
 
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states that:
“As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practical, such danger (Regulation 4 (2))".
These Regulation apply to all businesses and privately rented homes (under The Housing Act 2004 (England and Wales), including but not limited to:
  • offices and shops
  • private tenancy letting,
  • factories,
  • construction sites,
  • medical practices,
  • schools
  • hotels,
  • commercial kitchens and restaurants

Fires are often started by faulty, or poorly maintained electrical equipment.  The most common cause of fire from electrical products are due to washing machines, tumble dryers and fridge freezers.

You could be liable and invalidate your insurance without PAT Testing!

The aim of PAT testing and inspection is to assess all electrical equipment in its environment and to ensure to a reasonable degree that the equipment is safe to use.  Sometimes sockets can be overloaded, plugs have incorrect fuse types or cables become worn overtime.

Your business needs to comply with:
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations
  • The Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations
  • Any conditions placed on your business by your Insurance Company Policy
 
PATronics can help ensure to a reasonable degree that your electrical equipment is safe to use.