Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) – UK Legal Obligations – Schools

Oct 4, 2015 | Premises Services News

PAT - Portable appliance testing

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 requires that all electrical systems (including electrical appliances) are maintained to prevent danger. The HSE and the local authority are responsible for the policing of this legislation.

Guidance from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET, published under the IEE brand) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that a competent person must inspect the installation regularly in any public building or a place that people work. They suggest initial intervals for combined inspection and testing that range from three months (for construction equipment) to one year, and in many cases, longer periods for re-testing (certain types of appliance in schools, hotels, offices and shops).

Although the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 is an obligation on UK businesses, there is no obligation to undertake PAT inspection. In reality neither act nor their corresponding regulations and associated statutory instruments detail PAT inspection as an obligation, but rather impose a requirement of maintenance of safety and evidence of routine maintenance for all hand-held, portable and plug-in equipment.

Our staff are fully trained, insured and up to date with all aspects of school and academy safety whether you require a one off service or an annual management plan. 

If you require PAT Testing for your School or Academy, or other services please contact us

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