Why PAT test?
PAT testing is often seen as a process of "going through the motions" for some
companies and often many companies fail to have it carried out at all. The risks
to employees, employers and businesses is very real, not only from the risk of
electrical shock or injury but also the risk of fire caused by faulty
appliances. How many times do you read in the newspaper that a lives have been
lost or a home or business has been destroyed and that the cause was an
electrical fault? Many insurance companies are now insisting that this is
carried out as part of the conditions of cover.
Every year in the UK,
about 30 people die from coming into contact with electricity and many more
people receive serious injuries. About 25% of these accidents occur as a result
of using portable appliances. By complying with the recommendations and
employing a regular policy of inspection and testing items of electrical
equipment, we should be able to identify any required maintenance which can then
be rectified before a potential risk or danger arises.
PAT testing is an important part of any health & safety policy. Although there
is no direct law at present stating that Portable Appliance Testing must be
carried out employer’s have a legal obligation under the following regulations
to ensure that their electrical equipment is safe.
The four main regulations which cover health and safety law
regarding PAT testing are
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 (H&SWA)
The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
take time to have a look at the information provided within this web
site with regard to this legislation and how they affect both
employer and employee alike.
There are many good reasons to carry out pat testing:-
Compliance with the
very latest health and safety regulations
Risk of fire and
injury or death from portable appliances is minimised
It assists in your compliance
and BS5750 or helps to gain accreditation
requirements of your business and public liability insurance policies -
Please check this, most people are not aware of this little known fact!
Is there a "Law" that says I have to PAT Test my
No, there is no current legislation in place that specifically requires PAT testing to be carried out
by any Company or Employer.
The introduction of the "Electricity at Work Regulations 1989"
(EAWR), prompted many companies and employers to inspect and test portable
appliances. Subsequently PAT testing was introduced as a more effective and accurate means to enable an employer to
comply with the above regulatory requirement. Most business's and employers
simply do not have the time for keeping the required accurate records or access to the specialised equipment required to
enable them to carry out this testing themselves and prefer to employ a
specialised company such as ours to take on this task for them.
The simple fact though is that Electricity can, and sadly does sometimes kill or
cause serious injury and very often a regular schedule of planned inspection and
testing can avoid these tragic situations. This
has to be
the most compelling reason to have your equipment PAT tested. Consider the
likely consequences if you choose not to have the testing done and you or one of
your staff were to be killed or injured!
Compared with the above
situation the costs of carrying this out are negligible in comparison with the
heavy penalties that can be imposed to both you and your business for failing to
recognise your responsibilities.
We all accept without question that the vehicles we drive require an annual MOT
test after a certain age so why should we not adopt the same way of thinking
when it comes down to the electrical equipment we also use on a daily basis as
part of our work…………
PAT Testing is a simple process that has been
adopted to help both employers and employees alike whilst helping to aid
compliance with the relevant Health & Safety regulations.
Statistically speaking since the introduction and wider use of PAT testing in
the work place there has been a steady reduction in the number or accidents and
injuries in the workplace and we all have a duty to ensure that this trend
continues to reduce year-on-year.
YOUR SAFETY IS OUR CONCERN