You may have heard the term ‘PAT Testing’ and wondered what it actually means. It is not only mentioned in terms of running an office based business but in fact can apply to anywhere that electrical items are in use and could cause injury or fire if not adequately inspected.
What is PAT Testing?
Landlords, Hairdressers and DJ’s for example, are also responsible for ensuring the electrical safety of any of the electrical equipment they use.
There does tend to be some confusion around PAT testing in regard to how often it should be done, does it really need doing and if so who is responsible for making sure it gets done. So, let’s address those while we’re here!
How Often Should PAT Testing be Done?
The answer is, it depends! It depends on the environment, the type of equipment and its frequency of use. For example, equipment being used on a building site will need to be tested on a more regular basis than the office photocopier.
Who is Responsible?
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 details who is responsible for PAT Testing and electrical safety. It requires that every employer ensures that work equipment is suitable for the purpose for which it is provided.
Does it Really Need Doing?
PAT testing itself is not a legal requirement, however you are obliged to comply with the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, the Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999. By having your equipment PAT tested by a professional you will have all the necessary documentation to prove you did everything you could to ensure the safety of your staff and visitors. It is becoming increasingly common for Insurance companies to insist that PAT testing is carried out as a condition of supplying Public Liability insurance.
If you are unsure about any aspect of PAT testing, give us a call on 0330 6600264 or email [email protected] and we can arrange to come out for a free site inspection.
Until next time… stay safe!