There is often a lot of confusion surrounding PAT Testing as to whether or not it is a legal requirement. The Health and Safety Executive states that 25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable electrical appliances.
The Electricity at Work Regulations requires that employers maintain their “electrical systems” at work to prevent any danger to anyone. This is a legal requirement.
Pat Testing and the Law
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 puts the duty of care upon both the employer and the employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises. This includes the self employed.
PAT Testing - What are the Consequences ?
Portable appliance testing, or 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 programme of regular appliance testing can lead to serious consequences, as well as affecting insurance policies.
PAT testing itself is NOT a legal requirement, it is however a simple and very cost effective method to evidence that you do have a robust and compliant procedure in place to satisfy your legal requirements and obligations, and also to reduce the risk of your insurance company refusing to pay.
Most insurance companies will assume that the owners of a business are compliant with all relevant 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.