Portable Appliance Inspection and Testing or PAT Testing as it is sometimes referred to, is an important part of any Health & Safety Policy.

If your working environment has any electrical appliances with a plug attached, then these are classed as Portable Appliances. Some examples are shown on this page. To minimise the risk of a potential fire or the risk of an electric shock to either an employee or the general public, or for insurance purposes, it is important to have these appliances safety tested to promote a safe working environment.

The legislation of specific relevance to electrical maintenance is outlined in:

  • Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
  • The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1992
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations1992.
The purpose of the Electricity at Work Regulations is to prevent death or injury to anyone from any electrical cause as a result of, or in connection with, work activities. For Example: the act quotes:

As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger”

The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 puts on employers a general duty of care to their employees. Specifically it quotes:

“It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and the Welfare at work of all his/hers employee”

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