Inspection & testing of electrical equipment
Portable appliance testing (PAT Testing) or the In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment is an essential part of any maintenance program.
Regulation 4 (2) of the electricity at Work Regulations 1989 requires that:
“As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger”.
The benefits of PAT testing
PAT testing is proven to be the best way to safeguard your business, employees & visitors safety within your premises. A regular preventative maintenance program also ensures that all reasonable steps have been taken to comply with current health & safety legislation.
Furthermore, it can also prove you have not been negligent in cases where claims arise against your business or where you need to claim for insurance in cases of loss or damage.
The dangers of electricity
An electric shock can kill or seriously injure and this is one of the hazards that electrical safety legislation is intended to protect against.
The legal duty is to ensure that if danger would result, electrical equipment must be maintained to prevent such danger. Inspection and testing are the means of determining whether maintenance is required and your risk based assessment should include the following to determine the frequency of testing:
The equipment construction
The equipment type
The frequency of use
The type of installation methods