PAT TESTING

WHY SHOULD I TEST MY APPLIANCES?

 

You should test your appliances because the law requires it. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 states employers must ensure; ‘The provision and maintenance of plant and systems of work that are, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risk to health.

 

The Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) places a duty on all employers to ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.

 

Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states that all systems shall at all times be of such construction as to prevent so far as is reasonably practicable, danger.

 

WHO SHOULD I EMPLOY TO DO THE TESTING?

 

You should always employ a competent person to undertake the testing.

A competent person is somebody who;

·         Has suitable training, knowledge and experience of electrical work.

·         Has sufficient knowledge of the equipment being tested

·         Fully understands the hazards that may arise during testing

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HOW OFTEN SHOULD THE APPLIANCES BE TESTED?

 

As a general rule equipment is normally tested annually. However, this is not fixed. A risk assessment should be done taking account of how well the equipment is maintained and the environment in which the equipment is being used.

 

WHAT APPLIANCES SHOULD I TEST AND WHAT TEST SHOULD BE DONE?

 ·         ALL PORTABLE EQUIPMENT

         ·         HAND-HELD EQUIPMENT

         ·         IT EQUIPMENT

         ·         ALL EQUIPMENT WITH A PLUG

         ·         EQUIPMENT CONNECTED TO FUSED                       SWITCHES

         ·         EXTENSION LEADS

         ·         STATIONARY EQUIPMNT

 

The equipment should undergo

 

         ·         A visual inspection  of switches, wiring and                  connections

         ·         Earth continuity check

         ·         Insulation resistance check

         ·         Functional checks

 

 

 

 
   


    



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