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The main focus on PAT Testing is always this, ‘is it a legal requirement?’ the simple answer is no, it is not a legal requirement to have portable appliance PAT tested. However, what is a legal requirement, is that businesses, employers and the self-employed are to ensure that all electrical equipment in the workplace that are used is safe and properly maintained. The most cost effective way to comply with this, is PAT Testing. You might even be invalidating your Insurance by not undertaking effective safety checks of your electrical equipment. If you fail to undertake your duties as a director (employer) to ensure so far as reasonably practicable the safety of your electrical equipment, do not be surprised when it goes wrong that you will receive an unlimited fine and possible imprisonment.
Depending on what industry/location you work will dictate the suggested frequency of inspection and testing, such a the construction industry under “CDM 2015” The Construction Design Management Regulations 2015. If you work in construction industry then it is recommended that electrical equipment is PAT tested every three months. But, if work in an office? Then it is suggested that PAT Testing should be carried out every 5 years. That being said, it is still good practice to create a PAT testing programme and maintain it throughout.