We specialise in PAT testing in Manchester to help keep all types of workplace equipment safe and secure. Though PAT testing isn’t, strictly speaking, enforceable by law, it is a method of testing your appliances that has become the standard to ensure that the appliances are safe. This is due to the fact that PAT testing is a comprehensive method in this regard and can provide complete safety for you and your workforce, while clearly detailing appliances which pass the test and those that fail the test. It is also a cost effective means of testing, able to test many appliances for a relatively low cost.
PAT testing itself not specifically governed by any laws, but is highly recommended. Equipment manufacturers recommend PAT testing regularly in order to ensure that their appliances are perfectly safe and usable. However, keeping your equipment safe for use by your employees is governed and set out in several acts of law. Under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, equipment must be maintained in a safe condition, especially if it is electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury or even death upon malfunction.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, it is detailed that it is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that their employees remain safe in the workplace. Section 2a dictates, in particular, that employers must ensure that the systems used in work are safe and without risks to health. Likewise, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 states that employers should ensure that “work equipment is maintained in an efficient state”. As such, any accident which results in death or injury for an employee due to an appliance which has not been kept reasonably safe can result in prosecution, fines and even jail time.
PAT testing is one of the most efficient ways of ensuring that your equipment is fully safe and suitable for use by your workforce. Depending on the type of appliance used, it may need testing more frequently or less frequently: for example, a television in a break room will need testing less than a power saw that is in constant use. Likewise, it depends on the business you run, with equipment suppliers needing to test the equipment before each hire and/or before selling them. It will also satisfy insurance companies who may delay payments for insurance claims that involve untested equipment, if they even choose to pay at all. Investing in our services for PAT testing in Manchester will help to stop this happening and will ensure that your workforce is kept safe when using electrical appliances.