The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 state that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury must be maintained in a safe condition. Therefore, all businesses have a legal obligation to carry out regular Portable Appliance Testing, more commonly referred to as PAT testing. This will help to ensure your appliances are in good electrical working order and are safe to use. In so doing, you will be protecting your employees, visitors and customers from harm.
What is PAT Testing
Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing. However, it is essential to understand that visual examination is an essential part of the process because some types of electrical safety defect can’t be detected by testing alone.
What equipment do I need to test?
Any appliance that has a 13 amp plug qualifies as needing to be PAT tested. This may include:
- Portable equipment
- Fixed / built-in appliances
- Hand-held equipment
- Equipment that is either plugged in or hard-wired to a connection unit
- IT/phone equipment
- Extension leads and adaptors
This will include equipment such as computers, fridges, vacuum cleaners, kettles, power tools, chargers and so on. In fact, pretty much any electrical appliance you will encounter in the home or office.
If you’re unsure of what equipment needs to be tested and what doesn’t, then get in touch with us at Ness Electrical and we can provide assistance and advice.
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