PAT Testing Coventry
There is often a lot of confusion surrounding PAT Testing Coventry as to whether or not its is a legal requirement. The Health and Safety Executive answer states that 25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 place a legal responsibility on employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations and take reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of such equipment. This in effect requires the implementation of a systematic and regular program of maintenance, inspection and testing. The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) places such an obligation in the following circumstances:
• 1. Where appliances are used by employees.
• 2. Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc.
• 3. Where appliances are supplied or hired.
• 4. Where appliances are repaired or serviced.
The level of inspection and testing required is dependant upon the risk of the appliance becoming faulty, which is in turn dependant upon the type of appliance, the nature of its use and the environment in which it is used.
Here at First Call Electrical we use the 4th Edition of the IEE Code of practice testing frequency table as our guidelines as to how often testing needs to be carried out as well as working with our Clients own Health and Safety Policies and Insurance.
There Are a number of other acts that refer to PAT Testing Coventry and the Testing of Electrical Equipment these are as follows:
Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1989 states: “Every employer shall make suitable and sufficient assessment of: • (a) the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst at work, and • (b) the risks to ensure the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him or his undertaking.”
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 states: “Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.” The PUWER 1998 covers most risks that can result from using work equipment. With respect to risks from electricity, compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 is likely to achieve compliance with the PUWER 1998. PUWER 1998 only applies to work equipment used by workers at work. This includes all work equipment (fixed, transportable or portable) connected to a source of electrical energy. PUWER does not apply to fixed installations in a building. The electrical safety of these installations is dealt with only by the Electricity at Work Regulations.
Scope of the legislation It is clear that the combination of the HSW Act 1974, the PUWER 1998 and the EAW Regulations 1989 apply to all electrical equipment used in, or associated with, places of work. The scope extends from distribution systems down to the smallest piece of electrical equipment. It is clear that there is a requirement to inspect and test all types of electrical equipment in all work situations
Make sure all your testing is upto date and you have the correct documentation, without it your insurance may be invalid. A insurance policy is often worded “you must comply with all relevant legislation for your policy to remain valid”. Insurance Companies and the Health and Safety Executive accept PAT testing as compliance with The Electricity at work act 1989. As long as all items tested have been labelled, logged and the reports contain the appropriate test results. Here at First Call Electrical Testing we keep all your PAT Testing records for 5 Years should you ever need copies these can be obtained free of charge by calling the office.
As a PAT Testing company we have a wide variety of clients and over the past 9 years we have listened to our clients needs and been able to offer a range taylor made services for our clients. If you require PAT Testing Coventry please get in touch with us now for a FREE quote.
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