Portable Appliance Testing ( PAT Testing ) is an essential part of a Health & Safety policy for your business.
The Health & Safety Executive ( HSE ) states that 25% of reported electrical accidents involve portable appliances.
The Electricity at Work Regulations ( EWR ) places legal responsibility on employers & employees to comply with these regulations & as practically possible the duty of care to ensure that no danger results from using electrical equipment.
The Health & Safety at Work Act ( 1974 ) places an obligation on employees where appliances are used, on the public where they may use appliances in places such as Hotels, Hostels, Schools, Shops etc. Where appliances are supplied or hired and where appliances are serviced & repaired. This requires a systematic regular programme of maintenance, inspection & testing of Portable Appliances.
A fine of £5,000 per item not complying with regulations.Six month's imprisonment Possible charges of manslaughter in the even of deaths Landlords -The Tenant may also sue you for civil damages Employers - the employee could claim against you Your property insurance or Public Liability Insurance may be invalid.