What Regulations apply?
Various pieces of legislation applies to work equipment including, but not limited to:
What is Portable Appliance Testing?
It is the periodic testing of electrical work equipment in order to evidence that it is suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided.
What is a Portable Appliance?
The term is wide reaching and includes electrical items such as power tools, computers, printers, temporary lighting, kitchen equipment, televisions, projectors and also items such as kettles in hotel rooms.
How often does Portable Appliance Testing have to be undertaken?
The frequency of testing varies considerably and each individual item needs to be assessed accordingly dependant on use. For example a drill used on a construction site may need to be tested every 3 months because there is more chance of it being damaged in such an environment whereas an infrequently used projector may only require an annual test.
What documentation should I receive on completion of the Portable Appliance Testing?
Upon completion of the exercise you should be presented with a report detailing which appliances have been tested. If necessary a list of remedial works will be included detailing any items that need to be taken out of service or attended to in order to bring them up to a satisfactory condition. Additionally a sticker should be applied to each individual appliance to evidence that it has had a test. The sticker should state when the test was undertaken and when the next test is due.
Who should undertake a Portable Appliance Test?
A competent person who has received recognised training, and who is in possession of suitably calibrated testing equipment.