Whilst it is not actually a legal requirement to have portable appliance testing carried out, you should consider what electrical equipment you have and how it is used by staff. The UK Health and Safety Executive along with insurance companies will expect you to perform portable appliance testing to ensure that you are compliant with certain legislation and regulation including:

Available Information

The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (also referred to as HSWA, the HSW Act, the 1974 Act or HASAWA) is the primary piece of legislation covering occupational health and safety in Great Britain. The Health and Safety Executive, with local authorities (and other enforcing authorities) is responsible for enforcing the Act. As well as a number of other Acts and Statutory Instruments relevant to the working environment.

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The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989

The purpose of this guidance is to highlight what can be done by duty holders to achieve electrical safety compliance with the duties imposed by the Regulations.

It is relevant to all work activities and premises except certain offshore installations and particular ships. Of particular relevance to duty holders. It will also be of interest and practical help primarily to engineers (including those involved in design, construction, operation or maintenance of electrical systems and equipment), technicians and their managers.

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The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998

These Regulations, often abbreviated to PUWER, place duties on people and companies who own, operate or have control over work equipment. PUWER also places responsibilities on businesses and organisations whose employees use work equipment. Whether owned by them or not.

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The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

The Management of Health and Safety at Work Approved Code of Practice (ACOP – L21) has been withdrawn and is no longer available. If you are looking for information on how to manage risks in your business, HSE has a suite of guidance that will be able to help. Each level of guidance on HSE’s website offers appropriately targeted information, focussed on making compliance as straightforward as possible.

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These regulations when taken into account make it good practice to have PAT testing done so that: