Who Is Responsible For PAT Testing?

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 requires every employer to ensure that work equipment is appropriate for the purpose for which it is provided, only used in the place and under the provisions for which it is provided. It also requires every employer to ensure work equipment be efficiently maintained and kept fit and suitable for its intended purpose. It must not be allowed to deteriorate in function or performance to such a level that it puts people at risk. This means that regular, routine and planned maintenance regimes must be considered if hazardous problems can arise.


Fines for non compliance issued by the Magistrate Court are up to £20,000. The Crown Court can issue an unlimited fine or 2 years imprisonment. A high proportion of fires, injuries and even deaths in the workplace are caused by faulty appliances. The risk assessment must cover all electrical equipment.


The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states that As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger. Electrical equipment includes 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.

Portable Appliance Testing

Portable appliance testing is a major contributor to ensuring the electrical safety in the work place and will enable your business to comply with the legal standards. Failure to implement a program of regular appliance testing can lead to serious consequences, as well as affecting your insurance policies.

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