PAT testing is electrical safety testing of portable electrical appliances. It is recommended for all such equipment which is:
+ Used by employees
+ Used by the public
+ Hired out or supplied
+ Repaired or serviced
Testing procedures should be included in policy documents & a list of all portable electrical appliances should also be included in site asset registers.
Various legislation requires reasonably practicable steps to be taken to avoid risks associated with the use of portable electrical equipment:
The Electricity at Work Regulations, 1989
The Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations, 1998
The Health & Safety at Work, etc. Act, 1974
The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations, 1999
The most effective way to ensure compliance with this legislation, is to implement a systematic & regular program of maintenance, including PAT testing. The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) Code of Practice suggests that the frequency of testing should vary according to the type & class of equipment, plus its location & environment. Typically, PAT testing is conducted as follows:
High risk (e.g. industrial tools, kettles, irons) tested every 3 - 12 months
Low risk (e.g. fridges, freezers, table lamps) tested every 1 - 4 years
PAT testing costs from just £1 + VAT per appliance.
Tests should be conducted on all equipment such as toasters, kettles, irons, microwave ovens, heaters, fans, hostess trolleys, hairdryers, freezers, fridges, trouser presses, clocks, mowers, power tools, machinery, shredders, photocopiers, computers, printers, extension leads, multiple-adapters, chargers, etc.
Additional testing for microwaves costs £5 + VAT per oven.
Microwave ovens should be tested for microwave leakage from doors, seals & casings, to ensure compliance with BS5175.
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Protect Health & Safety Limited (formally trading as EuroScience) is a friendly health & safety consultancy, covering the whole of the UK.
We offer FREE advice & information, without obligation, a comprehensive range of cost-effective risk assessment, site surveying, routine monitoring, PAT testing,
policy writing & training services, plus UKAS accredited laboratory facilities for accurate analysis of water samples and potential asbestos containing materials (ACM).
Our experienced consultants can help you to control risks, maintain a safe workplace &
ensure that your business is in compliance with current laws, regulations & approved codes of practice (ACOP).
Act now... before you receive an inspection by an Health & Safety Executive (HSE) Inspector from the Health & Safety Commission (HSC)
or an Environmental Health Officer (EHO) from your local council's Environmental Health Department.
We can help you to conform with...
The Health & Safety at Work, etc. Act, 1974. (HASAW/HSW)
The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations, 1999.
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order, 2005.
The Control of Substances Hazardous to Health Regulations, 2002. (COSHH)
The Control of Asbestos Regulations, 2006.
The Approved Code of Practice (ACOP) for the Control of Legionella in Water Systems, L8. (Legionnaires' disease)
The Food Hygiene (England) Regulations, 2006.
The Health & Safety (Display Screen Equipment) Regulations, 1992. (DSE)
The Equality Act, 2010.
Plus other laws & regulations concerning health & safety or workplace equality.
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