Regular inspection and testing of your appliances can greatly reduce the risk of you, your employees, your customers and the public being injured (or worse killed) by fire or electric shock.
Health and safety legislation specifies that business owners, duty holders (e.g. managers) and employees have a responsibility to ensure that all equipment is maintained and is safe to use.
The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 apply to all electrical equipment used in or associated with places of work. The scope extends from high voltage distribution systems down to the smallest piece of electrical equipment such as a hairdryer, a VDU, a telephone or battery operated equipment.
Everyone at work has responsibilities but specifically, every employer and self-employed person has a duty to comply with the provisions of these regulations. Also, it is the duty of every employee to cooperate with his/her employer on these matters and to comply with the provisions of these regulations.
Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
This act puts a duty of care upon both the employer and employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises. This includes the self-employed.
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
These regulations state:
Every employer shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of:
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998
These regulations state:
Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is to be used or provided. (Regulation 4(1)).
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
These regulations apply to all electrical equipment from high voltage distribution systems down to small electrical equipment such as a hairdryer or a microwave.
Regulation 4(2) states:
“As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger”.
It may be a requirement of your business insurance policy that you carry out regular PAT inspection and testing. In any case, demonstrating that you have had your PAT testing completed will help you in the unfortunate event that you need to make a claim. In some cases you may also qualify for a reduction in your policy premium.
TC Testing provide inspections and PAT testing throughout Torbay (and surrounding area) for all portable electrical appliances. Its customers include Cafes, Restaurants, Hairdressers, Offices, Factories, Hotels, Guest Houses, Schools and Colleges.
TC Testing will survey your business free of charge and advise how many items you are likely to have and how long the testing will take. A suitable date and time will be arranged for the testing to be carried out...