Although PAT testing does not have its own laws and regulations it is covered by other main laws that ensure safety at work. There are four main regulations that are of specific relevance to electrical maintenance.
PAT test regulations are included in the following legislations:
– Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
– Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
– Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER)1998
– Electricity at Work Regulations 1989,
The PAT test regulations included in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 state that both the employer and employee have a duty of care to ensure the safety of anyone using the premises. This means that regular checks should be made to ensure the premises is safe and not posing a threat in any way.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 relate to PAT test regulations because this legislation ensures that all health and safety risks are depleted. This legislation states that:
“Every employer shall make suitable and sufficient assessment of:
(a) the risks to employees which exposed to whilst at work, and
(b) the risks to ensure the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him or his undertaking”
PAT test regulations associated with PUWER 1998 ensure that most risks that can occur due to work equipment are covered. PUWER 1998 only applies to work equipment used by workers at work including equipment connected to an electrical energy source.
“Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.”
The PAT test regulations involved with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 ensure that all electrical equipment in all work situations are tested and inspected. The EAW Regulations 1989 applies to all electrical equipment used in or associated with places of work.
“As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger”
“‘Electrical Equipment’ includes anything used, intended to be used or installed for use, to generate, provide, transmit, transform, rectify, convert, conduct, distribute, control, store, measure or use electrical energy.”
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