Do you know about the PAT testing (portable appliance testing) regulations?
Under the UK's Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, employers are responsible for ensuring the electrical safety of their employees, as well as that of the public.
PAT Testing - portable appliance testing - is the inspection of electrical equipment to ensure that it’s safe to use. Some defects can be detected by visually examining the equipment, but some can only be found by proper electrical testing, which can be undertaken by the Horsham Local Electrician Company.
A PAT tester must be competent to do the work. You may not necessarily need a fully qualified electrician to carry out inspections, but the person undertaking the work must have the appropriate knowledge and training.
They will also need the correct equipment to do any tests and be capable of using equipment correctly. And they must be able to interpret test results.
PAT testing regulations include any electrical equipment your employees use at work.
So PAT testing is about risk-management (a term that we hear all too often these days!) It's about making sure that your electrical appliances are safe for everyone who will come into contact with them.
It's a common misconception that all PAT tested equipment needs to be labelled and records kept. In fact this is not a legal requirement, though it makes sense to do it anyway!
So in conclusion, all equipment must be safely maintained and checked (though the law does not state how often). Some appliances may be given just a visual examination, but other items, eg kettles and electric floor cleaners, may need full PAT testing.
PAT testing is a bit of a minefield, but luckily Horsham Local Electricians are here to put your mind at rest and maintain the safety of you and your employees.
For all your PAT testing requirements in Horsham and for expert guidance on what your company needs to do to comply with all regulations, please give us a call at the best Horsham Electrician Company and we’ll be ready to help, with no obligation.
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