Why should I have this done?
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 places a legal responsibility on both employers and the self-employed to take practical steps to ensure no danger results from the use of electrical equipment.
To achieve compliance with these legal requirements you must be able to provide proof that your electrical systems are safe, this necessitates thorough inspection and testing by competent people and the creation and maintenance of proper records. This process known as Portable Appliance Testing
This is vital, in view of the fact, that according to the Health
and Safety Executive, 25% of all reportable electrical
accidents involve portable appliances.
Faulty electrical appliances are major causes of fire as well as personal injury and as such many insurance companies insist businesses adopt a regular programme of inspection and PAT testing. Failure to comply could result in invalidating
your insurance cover.