Who needs Pat testing?
There is currently no legal requirement
for Portable Appliance Testing (PAT testing), although many
providers will tell you otherwise.
The Government however has put
regulations into place with regard to the maintenance of
electrical appliances in the workplace or establishments
open to the public and one of the most effective way to ensure
that these regulations are met is through PAT testing.
Many insurance companies will stipulate
that portable appliance testing is carried out to validate your
policy, this is to be compliant with
Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974
The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of
So even though PAT testing itself is not
legally required, it simply helps you to protect yourself by
ensuring that you are complying with these regulations.
Claims that PAT testing is required by
law and that the client is breaking the law by not having it
done are simply not true.
The law does require however that
employers, including self-employed, ensure that all electrical
equipment that they provide in their business is safe and
This means that PAT testing is a
critical part of your company’s health and safety systems and
should be considered part of a solution to your safety concerns.
Faults in electrical equipment pose a
potential hazard, particularly if they are not repaired readily.