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There are regulations and legislations in place that state that an employer has the duty to maintain and prove they are maintaining all of their electrical appliances/ equipment used in the work place. The easiest and most cost effective way of ensuring this is done is to have portable appliance testing carried out.

The following are portable appliance testing regulations that are in place:
The health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states that it is the duty of the employer to ensure the safety of all employees (including self employed individuals) using the work premises.
This act places an obligation in the following circumstances:

- Appliances are used by employees.
– Where 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 second of the portable appliance testing regulations is set by the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and states:
“Every employer shall make suitable and sufficient assessment of:
(a) the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst at work, and
(b) the risks to ensure the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him or his undertaking.”

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states:
“All systems shall at all times be of such construction as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger.”
“As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger.”
“‘System’ means an electrical system in which all the electrical equipment is, or may be, electrically connected to a common source of electrical energy and includes such source and such equipment”
“‘Electrical Equipment’ includes anything used, intended to be used or installed for use, to generate, provide, transmit, transform, rectify, convert, conduct, distribute, control, store, measure or use electrical energy.”

The last of the portable appliance testing regulations is set by the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER)
“Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.”

It is essential to comply with the above portable appliance testing regulations and ensure they are enforced within your workplace. The portable appliance testing regulations are in place so that the difference between employee or employer negligence can be defined. If as an employer the above legislations/ acts/ portable appliance testing regulations are not undertaken then you could end up with substantial fines or personal prosecution.

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To comply with the 1989 Electricity at work regulations, it is necessary to implement regular inspection, maintenance and testing of all portable appliances by subcontracting portable appliance testing companies to do this on your behalf.

It is essential to carry out portable appliance testing when any appliances are used by employees, where the public can use appliances in places such as schools hotels etc, if the equipment is hired or supplied to you where appliances are repaired or serviced or if the equipment is within a tenanted property. Portable appliance testing companies will be able to carry out testing for all of the aforementioned situations.

We, at Portable Appliance Testing London recommend that portable appliance testing companies should be instructed by you to undertake testing at least on an annual basis to comply with The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER).

During testing, portable appliance testing companies will ensure that the equipment is suitable for the purpose it’s provided for and that the item does not pose a risk to the individuals using it and is still safe to use.

Once visual inspections and portable appliance testing have been carried out, portable appliance testing companies will issue you with a portable appliance certificate indicating which appliances have been tested and whether or not the items have passed or failed.

The portable appliance testing companies will inform you if they believe the item to be in an unfit condition and it must be then taken out of action immediately until remedial work can be performed or alternatively it may require replacing.

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Portable appliance testing ensures that electrical appliances are safe to use and are not at risk of electric shock or fire. It is the company’s/ landlords responsibility to see that portable appliance testing is carried out regularly and thoroughly. A portable appliance can be anything from a photocopier, to a microwave, a computer, to a vacuum cleaner. An easy way to determine whether the item is considered to be a portable appliance is that it is hand-held or can be moved while connected to an electricity supply, via a lead and a plug.

The IEE Code of Practice states that anyone carrying out a visual inspection and portable appliance testing must be competent and have due regard of the safety of themselves and others. It is essential that portable appliance testing is only undertaken by someone who is fully trained and will do a professional job. This is to ensure that there will be no dangers arising at a later date as a result of using equipment that has not been tested properly.

Once portable appliance testing has been carried out you will be issued with an Equipment Test Record, this indicates the test results and is proof that testing has been undertaken.
A combination of visual inspections and portable appliance testing results are recorded on the form along with details about the appliance and how often they would require tests being completed.

There are many different types of appliances, some of which will require portable appliance testing more frequently than others. This will depend on how likely they are to be damaged whilst being used and how often the appliance is used. The following are the different categories of equipment/ appliances and their risk/ requirement for more regular portable appliance testing from highest to lowest:

Handheld equipment
Portable equipment
Movable equipment
IT equipment
Stationary equipment

Another factor influencing the regularity of portable appliance testing requirements is the environment. Below are the risks of damage from highest probability to lowest.

Construction sites
Factories
Equipment used by the public
Schools
Offices

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There are no hard and fast rules set out by the Health and Safety Executive on the frequency of PAT testing. However, it is suggested in the Memorandum on the Electricity at Work Regulations that “regular inspection of equipment is an essential part of any preventative maintenance program.” The frequency of PAT testing for each appliance and situation requires individual assessment and judgment from the person with the equipment within his control, together with the competent test person, also based on the following factors:
– Types of equipment (portable, handheld appliances such as a hairdryer/ drill are more likely to get damaged than fixed ones like a computer).
– Whether or not the users use the equipment competently and would report damage as and when it happens so that hazards can be avoided
– The frequency of PAT testing required will also depend on the frequency of use of the appliance and whether it is likely to receive abuse
– The age of the equipment
– If regularly moved and by what means
– Environment – some areas will be more hazardous than others; equipment used in a building site for example is likely to be subjected to more adverse conditions than an office and the frequency of PAT testing should be increased.
– Results of previous tests
– Manufacturers recommendations/ equipment construction
– The effects of any repairs or modifications to the equipment

When deciding the frequency of PAT testing required it is also important to take into consideration whether or not the piece of equipment will remain safe under its expected conditions until the next test date. It is imperative you take advice from the PAT testing engineer.

It is also worth bearing in mind that new equipment must be purchased from reliable sources and second hand appliances should not be used unless PAT testing is completed to ensure its safety first. Always perform a visual test at minimum before allowing a new appliance to be used.

The vital thing to consider when making a decision on suitable frequency of PAT testing periods is the need to demonstrate your company’s commitment to Health and Safety policy.

For a FREE Portable Appliance Testing quote or to BOOK NOW, call us FREE on 0208 951 6820 / 03333 200 466 (calls to 033 are charged same as 020 and 01 numbers) or email us info@portableappliance-testing.org.uk
Our knowledgeable and helpful PAT Testing staff will be happy to help with any of your queries or job bookings.

What is Electrical PAT testing (Portable Appliance Testing)?
The term PAT testing is used as an abbreviation of Portable Appliance Testing. It can also be known as electrical PAT testing, PAT testing or electrical testing. Electrical PAT testing is a process by which all electrical appliances are routinely checked to ensure they are safe to use. Electrical PAT testing is an important part of Health and Safety at Work which ensures that your staff and customers are not harmed by any electrical equipment when on your business’ premises.

Why is Electrical PAT testing necessary?
Electrical PAT testing is necessary to ensure your business complies with The Health and Safety at Work Act. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), there are approximately 1,000 related electrical incidents causing injury each year. These injuries can involve not only electrical shocks but also burns. It is estimated that at least 30 of the injuries are fatal. This is why here at Portable Appliance Testing London we dedicate our knowledge and skills to electrical PAT testing.

Who can perform electrical PAT testing?
Electrical PAT testing should only be completed be someone who is ‘competent’ in doing so. Electrical PAT testing training will allow an individual to be ‘competent’ to carry out any electrical PAT testing with the ability to be able to identify the equipment and appliance types to determine the test procedures and frequency of inspection. Someone who is ‘competent’ in electrical PAT testing will also be able to achieve results without damaging the equipment or the appliance. At Portable Appliance Testing London we only use individuals that are ‘competent’ and confident in all your appliance testing.

How long will the electrical PAT testing take?
The time it takes to complete electrical PAT testing can vary. This is dependant upon the number of appliances that need testing and the accessibility of the appliance.

For a FREE Portable Appliance Testing quote or to BOOK NOW, call us FREE on 0208 951 6820 / 03333 200 466 (calls to 033 are charged same as 020 and 01 numbers) or email us info@portableappliance-testing.org.uk
Our knowledgeable and helpful PAT Testing staff will be happy to help with any of your queries or job bookings.