PAT Electricity and The Law

pat testing - shocking if you dont!

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

The Health and Safety Act 1974

The management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999

Workplace (Health and Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992

We often see stickers on electrical appliances in hotel rooms or in our workplace and generally these stickers appear or seem to be out of date.

Frequently Asked Questions

So who is right?

One thing which must be understood is that as the owner of a property where the public have access means that the owner has a duty of care to meet certain safety requirements. If you employ someone then as the employer you have a duty of care over the employee to ensure where practicable that they will not come to harm as a result of negligence caused by a failure to carryout routine maintenance and inspection.

The Electricity at Work Regulations require, in Regulation 4 (2) that:-

As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger.

So we can consider this, that in order to show we have carried out our obligations as employers of managers to both, the public and our staff that we have diligently conducted such risk assessments and tests so as to ensure where possible that we eliminated the potential for injury or even death from electrical shock by carrying out simple tests of our appliances. We must consider a maintenance schedule and risk assessment of our electrical appliances, be able to demonstrate that we have an effective maintenance system in place and prove that we have monitored our electrical equipment to ensure safe operation.

Society today does not let things go lightly in circumstances when an employee is electrocuted and perhaps injured, the consequences for building manager or employer can be grave indeed. Certainly the negligence is not longer one which would accept the word of a gentleman that the equipment was checked far from it, we need to prove our innocence in today ‘s climate we need prove that we showed due diligence in having a maintenance programme in place to prevent accidents from happening and our failing foul of The Electricity at Work Regulations 4 (2).

With this in mind Bryden Enterprises has created a system which not only becomes cost effective every time it guarantees that you have considered your obligations and taken positive steps to ensure the safety of the public, staff and your guests.

What we have done is simply to remove the obligation from you directly by creating a risk assessment safety planning strategy and folder with which you can maintain chronological records of your appliances and the service intervals which are vital in being able to show due diligence in assessing and maintaining your equipment. This will be presented to you after we have carried out a detail inspection of your electrical appliances, and created a register of Electrical safety checks. We will also provide staff briefings for your employees to become aware of their individual obligations and to provide them with a recorded tool box talk which they will be required to sign as having been instructed in the safe handling and maintenance of your electrical equipment by visual and hands on inspection. Your employees will learn how they have the obligation to ensure they take responsibility for their safe storage and maintenance of your devices.

What will all this cost?

We run our schedule on a very basic pricing scale. For the first hour (£80.00) which covers our traveling expenses and thereafter £25.00 per hour. Should you have your own register for safety checks there need be no further charge. If a register is required we will create a tailored equipment log ready for additional £24.98 please note that all prices are plus VAT.

Accidents do happen and sometimes when they do it is too late to respond. You will already have committed the offence in respect of neglecting your obligations under the Electricity at Work Regulation 4 (2).

Some companies offer a set price per item which can be £2.50 per Item if you add up all the electrical appliances in your establishment even per room, hair-dryer, trouser press, kettle, bedside lamps x 2, iron, TV, TV-Digital Box. Then consider the Kitchen, etc. This can become a substantial burden.

By charging per hour we ensure that you remain in complete control of the budget with no hidden charges. Should you wish to take out a maintenance programme this may be annual or six monthly depending on usage and type of equipment we can tailor a maintenance programme to suit your needs.