What are the PAT testing regulations in the UK?
Despite what most of us naturally assume about PAT testing, there is actually no legal requirement for PAT testing. Most of us imagine for the management of health and safety alongside ensuring electrical safety that this would be a legal requirement.
Regardless of this, the UK Government has however ensured to put regulations in place that pertain to the maintenance of electrical appliances and the most effective way to ensure that these regulations are met is through PAT testing.
It is expected of you by the UK Health and safety executive alongside ensuring companies that you will perform PAT testing on your electrical appliances to ensure that you are compliant with certain regulations and to prevent danger.
The regulations you are required to meet are:
Despite the fact that though PAT testing itself is not legally required, it helps protect you by ensuring you are complying with these regulations. If you are not complying with the above-mentioned regulations, this can result in quite a large penalty. There are fines up to £5,000 and/or up to six months of imprisonment. Fines have been seen to go as high as £20,000 and offences heard in the Crown Court have carried sentences of more than 2 years imprisonment in addition to unlimited financial penalties.
We have heard instances that people have been accused of breaking the law by not having their electrical appliances tested by a competent person. These claims are simply untrue. The law does require however that employer, including self-employed, ensure that all electrical equipment that they provide in their business is safe and properly maintained. This means that PAT testing is a critical part of your company’s health and safety and should be considered part of a solution to your safety concerns.
PAT testing provides one of the most effective ways to easily identify defects that can come with the use of appliances. Easily identifying faults in electrical equipment which could potentially pose a potential hazard, particularly if it’s not identifiable by the naked eye. Regardless of the electrical type of equipment you have, we would recommend ensuring that they are all PAT tested. The consequences of electrical faults should be considered carefully.
It’s not worth facing the penalties and consequences of electrical faults, especially when there is a really simple solution to avoid these readily available for you. An experienced electrician from E-Electrical could easily visit your site, check all your portable electrical appliances including computers, printers, toasters etc. We can test equipment and will ensure that every appliance has safe connections, no faults and that each item is individually labelled and accounted for.