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 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
- the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc
- appliances are supplied or hired
- appliances are repaired or serviced
The level of inspection and testing required is dependant upon the risk of the appliance becoming faulty, which is in turn dependant upon the type of appliance, the nature of its use and the environment in which it is used.
React Electrical Servies can provide a PAT testing service for your anywhere within the Northumberland or Newcastle area. Let us know what type of appliances you have at your business and we will sort out a testing schedule for you. If your appliances are untested or your appliances are due for their test soon, contact us so we can sort out a competitive price for you.