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Legal Requirements for PAT Testing
The legislation of specific relevance to electrical maintenance is the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, the
Management of Health & 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
The Health & 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.
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PAT Testing - What are the Consequences?
PAT Testing Legal Standards
pat test labels and stickersPortable appliance testing, or PAT testing, is a major contributor to ensuring
safety at all times, and will enable your business to comply with the legal standards. Failure to implement a
programme of regular appliance testing can lead to serious consequences, as well as affecting insurance
Most insurance companies will assume that the owners of a business are compliant with all relevant
regulations.These insurers are fully entitled to reduce, delay or even refuse to pay on a claim for damage
caused by a portable appliance that has not been PAT tested.
Plug checkWhat Happens if you don't PAT Test ?
Recently, an employee sustained a 240 volt electric shock that broke both shoulders whilst attempting to
test a newly manufactured appliance that had been incorrectly wired to the mains lead. Suitable precautions
had not been taken to prevent electrical injury to employees engaged in testing work on electrical appliances.
Employees were exposed to live wires at 240 Volts AC, there was exposed metal in the test area, there was
no PAT test of mains lead prior to live test and no risk assessment for electrical testing work.
The employers were prosecuted under The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (No 14), The Management
of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 (No 3) paragraph 1 and received a fine.
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