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Legal Information on PAT Testing

Legal Information on PAT Testing

Legal information about PAT Testing

Health & Safety

The Health & Safety Executive reported that almost a quarter of all reportable electrical accidents at work involve portable equipment and that the vast majority cause electrical shock.

The electricity at work regulations 1989

In 4 (2) of these regulations it states that 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 Provision and use of work equipment 1998 (PUWER)

PUWER replaces the Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulation 1992 and carried forward these existing requirements with a few changes and additions, for example the inspection of work equipment and specific for mobile work equipment.

In general terms the regulations require that equipment provided for use at work is, Suitable for the intended use, Safe for use, maintained in a safe condition and in certain circumstances inspected to ensure this remains the case. Any inspection should be carried out by a competent person and a record kept.

The Management of Health & Safety 1999

Requires an employer to implement preventive and protective measures on the basis of general principles of prevention.

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It is important to carry out PAT Testing not just for the legal requirements but for several other reasons as well.

Insurance Companies

Many insurance companies will have in the Basis of Acceptance of the policy that

  • The Insured does and will maintain machinery and equipment in accordance with manufacturer?s recommendations and Health & Safety Legislation.
  • In the event of an accident and a claim they will want proof that the appliance has been inspected & tested.

A Blame Culture

In the world we live in we all see adverts asking if we have had an accident at work? You need to ensure that your equipment is safe to use and you have maintained it and have records to prove it.

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