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This is an information sheet that answers the most common questions about portable appliance testing.

  • As you may or may not know there is a requirement for an employer with regards to electrical equipment.
  • As an employer you are required to have all electrical equipment that is not connected to the main electrics of the building inspected, tested and maintained. A record of this must be made. This must be undertaken by a qualified professional.
  • This means that there is NO requirement for PAT testing as such to be undertaken. However this is probably the easiest way to fulfil this requirement as a pat tester will ensure that all electrical appliances comply with all regulations and all of the necessary paperwork is supplied and completed for a small fee.
  • This is not made very clear by the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. This is because the requirements are actually made by the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 demands that all employers must abide by these regulations.
  • Should your company fail to comply with all regulations within the Electricity at Work Act or Health and Safety at Work Act a fine could be given of up to £4000.00
  • In addition to this in the event of an accident using an item of electrical equipment your public liability insurance may pay out a reduced fee or even refuse to pay if it is proven that the employer failed to comply with these regulations.