At CCE Electrical we can cater for all your Portable appliance testing, or PAT testing as is it is most commonly known as. This is a very important part of any health & safety policy and in our experience can be so easily overlooked by Employers, companies and organisations..
The legislation of specific relevance to electrical maintenance is made up of the following Regulations;
- Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
- Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
- Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
- Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
- Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations, and take reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of such equipment. This in effect requires the implementation of a systematic and regular program of maintenance, inspection and testing.
The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) places such an obligation in the following circumstances:
- Where appliances are used by employees.
- Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc.
- Where appliances are supplied or hired.
- Where appliances are repaired or serviced.
The level of inspection and testing required is dependent upon the risk of the appliance becoming faulty, which is in turn dependent upon the type of appliance, the nature of its use and the environment in which it is used.
The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 states: “Every employer shall make suitable and sufficient assessment of:
- The risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst at work.
- The risks to ensure the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him or his undertaking.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 states: “Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.”
PUWER does not apply to fixed installations in a building. The electrical safety of these installations is dealt with only by the Electricity at Work Regulations.