When you buy an electrical appliance in the UK, it is safe to use but, over time,
it can deteriorate and become dangerous. A portable appliance (PAT) test is like
an MoT for an electrical appliance, to make sure it’s still safe.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) reports that 25% of all reportable electrical
accidents involve portable appliances. Many fires are due to faulty electrical appliances.
Is Is A Legal Requirement?
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 puts a duty of care upon both employer and
employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises. This includes
the self- employed.
In addition, Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
state “As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so
as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger.”
In addition to PAT Testing being proven way of demonstrating to the HSE that you
are complying with the law in maintaining your electrical appliances properly, it
is often a condition of business insurance - check with your insurer.
How Often Do I Need My Appliances Testing?
A lot of people seem to think that PAT Testing should be done once a year, but this
is not necessarily the case - the HSE’s guidelines on this depend on the type of
appliances and how they are used. We will be happy to advise you based on your individual
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