PAT Testing consists of various tests which involves controlled passing of volts into appliances to ascertain readings on Earth bound continuity and insulation levels. This is
coupled with an initial Visual inspection and load test which gives the Technician information to advise whether an appliance is safe to operate or if actions are required.
Several pieces of legislation place a duty of care on employers, landlords and others to maintain electrical systems to prevent danger where otherwise it may exist, the term
electrical systems refers to all parts of an installation including portable appliances. The best way of ensuring your duties are carried out and adequate records are kept is by
performing Portable Appliance testing (PAT) in accordance with the IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.
To ensure your compliance a piece of mind, a Pat test should only be carried out by a suitably qualified and experienced person. If you have any doubt, ask to see their
qualifications, we are happy to provide copies of ours.
Failure to provide safely installed and maintained electrical appliances can lead to prosecution, as it is a criminal offence. The following possible penalties could apply:
Your property insurance may be invalidated
A fine per item which does not comply
A period of imprisonment
The Tenant could sue you for civil damages
Possible manslaughter charges in the event of deaths
Legislation states that Landlords or anyone in control of the premises, is responsible for carrying out Pat Testing on your residential lettings. Landlords could face fines or even imprisonment.
As an employer, or someone responsible for the control of premises, you are responsible for ensuring that work equipment is suitable for the purpose for which it is provided and above all ensuring work equipment be efficiently maintained and kept fit
and suitable for its intended purpose.