NJW PAT Testing Health & Safety

Whilst PAT testing is required by most insurance companies to comply with all current regulations.  The importance of such measures is outlined in the following selected provisions of the relevant text.

The Electricity at Work Regulation 1989

“Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided… As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger ” Regulation 4(1-2)

The term electrical equipment is defined as “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.” Regulation 2(1)

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 specifically deal with all work equipment (including electrical) that is used by employees at work and states;

“Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.” S.4(1)

With particular regard to landlords, The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 requires that all mains electrical equipment (both fixed and portable), supplied with the accommodation must be safe. It is therefore crucial that Landlords need to regularly maintain the electrical equipment they supply to ensure it is safe.

For a full explanation of the Electricity at Work Regulation Act please visit the HSE Gov Website

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