PAT Testing is a great way of ensuring that your appliances are safe. This is a for landlords and businesses to make sure that they are meeting their legal obligation to maintain a high safety standard of their electrical appliances.
PAT testing, as part of a regular ongoing preventative maintenance program, minimises the risk of electrical fires and electric shock damage to the users of electrical equipment.
The legal requirements and guidance relating to PAT testing and electrical safety including: Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 (HSW 1974), Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998, Housing Act 2004 (England and Wales), Housing (Scotland) Act 2006. The seaward PAT Testing equipment ensures that the tester complies with the legislation named above.
Moreover the IET code of practice sets out the standard to which each appliance should be tested. The 4th edition the IET Code of Practice details equipment classifications, and recommended best practices. It's the main go-to guide the industry has to refer to. Table 7.1 within the guide has recommendations for initial test and inspection periods. After this, the Duty Holder should risk assess the equipment and the environment and implement a re-test schedule accordingly.