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:: Why portable appliance testing?

The Health and Safety Executive reports that each year about 1000 accidents at work involve electric shock or burns, around 30 of these are fatal. They also state that 25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances.

Of course each year a great many fires are started by faulty portable appliances, resulting in serious injury and death.

By virtue of its nature in portability, all portable appliances are subject to becoming damaged during their use, damage which could result in the equipment becoming dangerous to the user.

Therefore the Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations and take reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of such equipment.

Regulation 4(2) of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states:
"As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger."

Regulation 5 of the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 states:
"Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair."

‘Approved PAT Services’ makes it easier for you to comply with these requirements, by checking the safety of your portable appliance at regular intervals, to determine whether maintenance is required, so that you or your staff do not become the next accident statistic, or face possible legal action.