PAT Testing....What are the legal requirements?
It is stated within the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 that all employers have a legal duty to provide a safe working environment for their employees, visitors and or any contractors who visit their site. The safety of your employees and visitors is largely in your control and you as the employer has a legal duty to prevent any harm coming to either party. Ensuring that all electrical equipment used in the workplace is fully maintained, and for that reason these compliance checks are in place.
PAT Testing Helps Ensure Safety
Portable appliance testing (PAT Testing), is a major contributor to ensuring safety at all times, 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.
Most insurance companies will assume that the owners of a business are compliant with all relevant laws and regulations. These insurers are fully entitled to reduce, delay or even refuse to pay on a claim for damage caused by a portable appliance that has not been PAT tested. A high proportion of fires, injuries and even deaths in the workplace are caused by faulty electrical appliances. The risk assessment must cover all electrical equipment. 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.
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