Why PAT test?

Introduction

“In Service Inspection and Testing of Portable Electrical Equipment”, “Portable Appliance Testing”, “Pat Testing” or simply “PAT” is a means by which companies can comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations and other such legislation covering safety in the workplace.

Brighton PAT Testing offer a straightforward, comprehensive and cost-effective solution throughout Sussex for ensuring your business complies with all the appropriate electrical regulations.
Including but not limited to: –

  • The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • The Management of Health and Safety at work Regulations 1999
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and
  • The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

Pat Testing in Brighton and Sussex

Do I need to have my items PAT tested?

There are around 1000 electrical accidents in the workplace each year, involving some 30 deaths!

The “Health and Safety at Work act” (1974) puts a duty of care upon both employer and employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises.

Landlords and letting agents are also duty bound to ensure any electrical appliances supplied as part of a tenancy are safe.

Also, “The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations” 1998 requires every employer to ensure that equipment is suitable for the use for which it is provided (reg 4 (1)) and only used for work for which it is suitable (Reg 4(3)).

They require every employer to ensure electrical equipment is maintained in good order (reg 5) and inspected as necessary to ensure it is maintained in a safe condition (reg 6).

There is therefore a statutory requirement for regular inspection and testing of all electrical equipment in all work situations.

Frequency of In-service testing


The frequency of testing depends on a number of factors, including: –

  • Type of premises
  • Environment where equipment is used
  • Equipment type and construction
  • Previous PAT results.

However, the most appropriate PAT schedule can only be arrived at after repeated in-service tests. Equipment, which is found to be failing regularly, will need to be tested on a more frequent basis to ensure its safe operation. Also the opposite may be found to be the case.

The IEE publishes guidelines for the initial testing frequency of appliances according to the appliance type and premises. Bpat can help you establish the best schedule to comply with the appropriate regulations. Are you still having your office equipment tested annually? Speak to Bpat about how you can reduce the frequency of your PAT testing whilst still complying.

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