Portable Appliance Test (P.A.T) test is carried out to confirm the safety of all Portable Appliances within a workplace or public building.
This is undertaken periodically to ensure the safety of appliances which could, under fault conditions cause harm to persons or property. Although there no requirements by law to have appliances tested, the HSE and your insurance company will expect you to have this carried out to ensure that you are in compliant with:
- Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974
- The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999
If you fail to comply with the above-mentioned regulations this can result into 6-month imprisonment and/or £5000 fine. It is known that fines as large as £20,000, and over 2 years’ custodial sentence have been passed along with unlimited financial penalties. So, although P.A.T is not legally binding it would be in you favour to ensure this is carried out periodically