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PAT TESTING - THE LAW and regulations


Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) regulations 1992


These regulations require that every employer shall ensure that the workplace equipment, devices and systems are maintained. This includes keeping the equipment devices and systems in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair. Where appropriate, the equipment, devices and systems shall be subject to a suitable system of maintenance.


The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989


Regulation 4 (2) states that “as may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger.”

Regulation 4 (3) states that “every work activity, including operation, use and maintenance of a system  and work near a system, shall be carried out in such a manner as not to give rise, so far as is reasonably practicable, to danger.”


The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998


Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided (regulation 4(1)).


The Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974


This act puts a duty of care upon both employer(Sections 2,3 and 4 etc) and employee (section 7) to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises. This includes the self employed.


The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999


Every employer shall make a suitable and sufficient assessment of:

A) the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed while they are at work, and

B) the risks to the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him of his undertaking (regulation 3 (1)).