Do I Need PAT Testing

PAT Testing – Do you need to have your items tested and are you breaking the law ?

The following has been taken from the Health and Safety Executive website :

http://www.hse.gov.uk/electricity/faq-portable-appliance-testing.htm

Is PAT Testing a Legal Requirement ?

No. The law simply requires an employer to ensure that their electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent danger. It does not say how this should be done or how often. Employers should take a risk-based approach, considering the type of equipment and what it is being used for. If it is used regularly and moved a lot e.g. a floor cleaner or a kettle, testing (along with visual checks) can be an important part of an effective maintenance regime giving employers confidence that they are doing what is necessary to help them meet their legal duties. HSE provides guidance on how to maintain equipment including the use of PAT.

How often do I have to have my PAT testing done ?

The following has been taken from the Health and Safety Executive website :

http://www.hse.gov.uk/electricity/faq-portable-appliance-testing.htm

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. However, the Regulations do not specify what needs to be done, by whom or how frequently (ie they don’t make inspection or testing of electrical appliances a legal requirement, nor do they make it a legal requirement to undertake this annually).

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