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Thread #140458   Message #3228639
Posted By: stallion
25-Sep-11 - 06:17 AM
Thread Name: Tech: PAT testing
Subject: RE: Tech: PAT testing
PAT testing, Falls under the Electricity at Work Regulations, employers have a duty of care to to ensure that equipment used buy employees are fit for purpose and will not cause death or injury through shock or fire. These regulations are a legal document and enforcible in law, BS7671 (Formerly the IEE regulations are a guide and not legally enforcible however may be referred to in a court of law as "best practice"
Appliances for domestic use are not required to be tested unless care workers or houshold servants are employed in the domestic household. Tennanted properties are usually required, by the local authority, to have their equipment PAT tested.
In so far as bands are concerned the equipment they use should be similiar to that of building sites, that everytime the equipment is used it should be visually inspected for mechanical damage (cracked casing, worn or damaged leads or plugs) Inspected by a "competant person" after each repair or a set period of time, usually annually, however that time period is set by the inspector. I have site inspection sheets which, if maintained, ie filled in every time the equipment is used, then this serves as proof of on going regular maintenance and inspection is being carried out (similiar to that of ladders, steps, scaffolding and leads) then it would be fair to say that a bi-annual test may be sufficient. At the end of the day it is down to the paymaster to dictate terms!