At Southern testing our engineers work according to the IEE code of practice for In-Service Inspection and testing of Electrical Equipment (PAT testing) and fixed wiring inspection & testing. The purpose of PAT testing is to ensure electrical equipment is maintained and inspected regularly so as to prevent electrical failure and the danger which may result from this. Fixed wiring testing is to ensure your electrical installation is safe and fit for purpose. It is an employers responsibility to maintain and check electrical items / systems in the work place.
This in effect requires the implementation of a systematic and regular program of maintenance, inspection and testing.
The Health and safety at work Act 1974 puts a duty of care upon both employer and employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises. This includes the self-employed.
The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) places such an obligation in the following circumstances:
· Where appliances are used by employees.
· Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc.
· Where appliances are supplied or hired.
· 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.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 state:
"Every employer shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of:
· The risks to health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst they are at work, and
· The risks to health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him of his undertaking".
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 state:
"Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided"
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 state:
"As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicably, such danger"