to what others will tell you, there is NO specific
legal requirement to have your portable appliances tested. However,
there IS a legal requirement for all employers
and self employed people to make sure that their equipment is SAFE.
The best way to do this is to inspect and test it on a regular basis,
and this is why there is an expectation that testing will be carried
the law makes it quite clear that the employer or self employed
person is responsible for health and safety. Under the Health and
Safety at Work Act, all empoyers are required to ensure that anything
provided for work purposes is safe. It is difficult to imagine how
an employer would be able to ascertain whether something was safe
or not, without testing it. The Electricity at Work Regulations
specifically require electrical systems to be 'maintained' and this
is normally cited as the legal requirement to carry out pat testing.
It is certainly
NOT true to say that you will be sent to prison if you don't have
your equipment tested every year. (Some companies have used this
kind of talk to get work.)
But if you
are an employer and you blatently ignore health and safety risks
and then have an accident, you would certainly be in trouble! This
is why most companies have their equipment tested on a regular basis.
remember, the law makes it quite clear that the employer or self
employed person is responsible for health and safety.
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