The legislation of specific relevance to electrical maintenance is the Health and
Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations
1999, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, the Workplace (Health, Safety and
Welfare) Regulations 1992 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 puts the duty of care upon both the employer
and the employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises. This
includes the self employed.
The IEE Code of Practice for In Service Inspection and Testing of Equipment sets
out the standard to which each appliance is comprehensively tested. It is recommended
that you use the latest computerised PAT testing equipment or hire a professional
company which can offer you this service. All portable appliances will need testing
such as IT equipment, kettles and microwaves. The inspection and testing should be
carried out by a fully qualified PAT testing engineer.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states that As may be necessary to prevent
danger, all systems shall be maintained 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.