The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994 place a responsibility on company directors and health & safety officers to ensure that all electrical equipment is safe and maintained so as to prevent danger. This is reinforced by the Consumer Protection Act 1987 which states that all electrical appliances supplied must be safe e.g. appliances that are connected by means of a flexible cable, plug and socket, hand held or fixed to the circuitry.
Testing is the only sure method of ensuring that electrical appliances are safe to use! When carrying out Portable Appliance Testing (PAT), an engineer will firstly carry out a visual examination of each appliance checking the plug; lead; fuse and casing replacing any incorrectly rated fuses as well as any plugs which do not conform to British Standards. If the visual inspection is okay the engineer will then carry out various prescribed tests using appropriately calibrated test equipment to ensure that earthing and insulation are okay. Appliances will be clearly marked to indicate whether they “PASS” or “FAIL” and a test report will be provided.
Business owners, Directors and their Senior Duty Holders have a "Duty of Care" responsibility to provide a safe environment for employees, operators, customers and members of the public where electrical equipment is used.
These regulations apply to all industrial and commercial business premises and also domestic rented properties where electrical equipment is supplied as part of the let!
Failure to comply with the Electrical Regulations may constitute a criminal offence which could result in the maximum penalty of a £5,000.00 fine, closure or loss of business and/or 6 months imprisonment on summary conviction.
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