The UK Health and Safety Executive along with insurance companies will expect you to perform regular PAT tests to ensure that you are compliant with PAT testing regulations, which include:
- 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
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999
The key term used here is ‘expect’. There are currently no legal requirements to perform PAT tests within the workplace or home.
That being said, employers, the self employed and landlords have a duty of care when it comes to electrical safety and to ensure appliances, both fixed or portable, are properly maintained by taking reasonable measures to prevent danger.
Over 25% of all fires in the workplace are linked to a malfunction of either a piece of electrical equipment, wiring, or both.
So why perform PAT Testing?
There are many risks associated with electrical appliances and in particular ones which are old or situated in a high risk environment, such as wet or harsh conditions.
According to Which?, there are 60 house fires each week due to faulty appliances, such as washing machines, tumble dryers and fridge freezers. This costs individuals to both replace or fix the equipment and any consequencing damages that were made due to the fires such as injury and deaths.
Key factors to consider
When performing a PAT Test, there are a few considerations which should be made ahead of the test. These factors also influence how often PAT testing should be completed and the potential difficulties when carrying out the tests:
- The type of equipment will determine the difficulty in testing the safety of it and whether the equipment is earthed or double insulated.
- Handheld equipment such as drills, run higher risks, as if it is faulty it is likely to give the person holding it an electric shock.
- The age of the equipment – older appliances are more likely to be troublesome due to their aged technology.
- Environment where the equipment is used and/or stored; as mentioned above wet, harsh and/or dusty conditioning indicate a higher risk.
- How frequently the equipment is used.
- Any moderations or repairs previously made to the equipment.
How PAT Testing helps
Prevention of electrical damage or worst case, fires, can be minimised with the help of regular PAT Tests. As part of a comprehensive electrical safety plan in the workplace, at your properties or at home, we highly recommend organising professional assistance to ensure your appliances and equipment is safe for use. A thorough plan can also help reduce insurance costs and help with grounds on landlord requests; if anything should happen, you know you have a process in place.
PAT Testing with Reaction Group
Depending on the size, type and level of risk, we would propose a maintenance package to suit you. Get in touch with our team for more information on our packages and PAT Testing services across the UK. Our electricians are available 24/7 and will offer their expertise to help you! Call 0203 961 5855!