PAT testing was introduced to ensure that all electrical appliances are safely maintained
and suitable for the environment in which they are used. This involves periodic planned
inspection and testing of portable appliances to meet all required standards and
regulations. The Electricity at Work Regulations states that it is a legal requirement
that employers maintain their electrical systems at work to prevent any danger.
Who Is Responsible For PAT Testing?
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 requires every employer
to ensure that work equipment is appropriate for the purpose for which it is provided,
only used in the place and under the provisions for which it is provided. It also
requires every employer to ensure work equipment be efficiently maintained and kept
fit and suitable for its intended purpose. It must not be allowed to deteriorate
in function or performance to such a level that it puts people at risk. This means
that regular, routine and planned maintenance regimes must be considered if hazardous
problems can arise.
Fines for non compliance issued by the Magistrate Court are up to £20,000. The Crown
Court can issue an unlimited fine or 2 years imprisonment. A high proportion of fires,
injuries and even deaths in the workplace are caused by faulty appliances. The risk
assessment must cover all electrical equipment.