As per the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 each business has to adhere to the highest standards for electrical equipment at work and ensure the risk of accidents arising that could result from electrical equipment are eliminated from the workplace. While the regulations don’t explicitly specify what measures are required to attain this goal One of the most reliable methods of ensuring assurance is to conduct PAT testing.
Testing of portable appliances (PAT) can be the term that describes the process of testing electrical appliances and ensuring that they are safe to use at home or in the at work. Many times, the faults of products are easily observed and detected visually. However, in other instances, additional physical testing is needed to find out if there are any problems with the electrical appliances. Both physical and visual testing are crucial in the process of examining and some kinds of problems are not detected by either. Tests must be performed by an electrician with the relevant knowledge and skills to recognize potential dangers in electrical appliances.
What are the benefits of testing PAT?
You can dramatically reduce the danger of electrocutions, electrical accidents and fires that are caused by electrical appliances through regular PAT tests. There is no way to ensure that there won’t be a mishap in your workplace, however performing PAT tests will drastically lower the risk and safeguard your employees from potentially fatal injuries. What number of employees use kettles in your workplace on a daily basis? If the kettle fails and the problem isn’t reported the likelihood of an accident occurring are high.
Regular PAT testing can help you meet many UK workplace safety laws, such as The Electricity at Work Regulations (EAW) and the Health & Safety at Work Act. While ensuring the safety of your employees should be the top priority, you’ll need to ensure that your company is in compliance with the many regulations that can lead to legal actions if you do not adhere to.
* If you keep your electrical system under control and maintaining high standards of security in your workplace You will be looked upon as more favorable to insurers. Certain insurance companies will require you to adhere to very strict standards for health and safety at the workplace, which may include periodic PAT testing inspections.
A further benefit is the ease of identifying problems with electrical appliances in the workplace. If you encounter a problem with the devices you use regularly and you want to know the cause, having it documented and addressed immediately can make life easier as opposed to if you find an error in your own and the malfunctioning equipment puts an end to the task you’re trying to do.
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