How and When to Carry Out Electrical Inspection28 Jan 2012
Every business which has portable electrical equipment needs to have electrical testing and inspection in place in order to comply with Health and Safety Regulations. Although there is no law in place to specify how often equipment needs to be tested, every employer has a duty to prevent danger and injury through equipment maintenance and risk assessment. It is therefore advisable to set up regular portable appliance testing so as to ensure that the premises are safe and employees and visitors are not at risk.
Even premises which are considered ‘low-risk’, such as offices, shops and restaurants, need to make sure that all of their portable electrical equipment goes through an adequate electrical inspection by someone who is qualified and experienced. Although some faults can be spotted through inspection alone, this is not the case for every fault or every appliance, and this is why you need a trained professional who knows what they’re looking for.
Employees do have a duty, however, to report any faults which are visually evident to their employer, such as exposed inner wiring or cables or cracked plugs. In addition to this, formal PAT Testing must also be carried out at regular intervals by a competent, qualified professional, such as our staff here at Elecheck. We work around your business and provide a tailor-made service to suit your individual requirements, including carrying out the inspection and testing at whatever time suits you best. Should additional work or advice be required, we will explain it to you simply.