Professional PAT Testing Service - Portable Appliance Testing
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Reasons for testing portable and transportable equipment
1. PAT Testing forms an important part of The Safety At Work Act (1974)
2. The UK Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1988 (PUWER)
States that “every Employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed
or adopted as to be suitable for the purpose of which it is used or provided”.
3. The use of Electricity in The Work Place is subject to “The Electricity at
Work Regulations 1989”
This regulation places a legal responsibility on employers
and self employed persons to take reasonable practical steps to ensure no danger
results from the use of any electrical appliances. This requires the introduction of a
systematic and regular programmed schedule of maintenance, inspection & testing.
The Safety At Work Act places such an obligation in the following conditions
Where appliances are used by employees
Where the public may use appliances in establishments
Where appliances are supplied or hired
Where appliances are repaired or serviced
The level of inspection & testing required is dependant upon the risk of the
appliance becoming faulty, which is dependant upon the type of appliance used and
the environment that it is used.
Increasingly the insurance industry is requiring that PAT Testing is carried out prior to the renewal of an insurance policy. This is because over 1000 work place accidents involving electric shock are reported to The Health & Safety Executive each year, of which some are fatal. Most of the reported accidents involve portable appliances.
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