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Inspection and Testing

Every electrical installation and portable appliance deteriorates with use and time. Therefore, if safety of the users is not to be put at risk, it is important that every electrical installation is periodically inspected and tested by a competent person. BS 7671: 2018 as amended that every electrical installation is subjected to a periodic inspection and test.

PERIODIC INSPECTION

The main purpose of periodic inspection and testing is to detect so far as is reasonably practicable, and report on, any factors impairing or likely to impair the safety of an electrical installation.

"Electrical installations in poor condition present the risk of fire as well as electric shock"

The testing inspector carrying out the inspection and testing of electrical installations must be competent to do so. All inspectors at BGM Mileham are trained and qualified to current BS 7671. Inspectors are competent with all testing procedures and are able to identify any damage, deterioration, defects and conditions within the installation that give rise, or potentially give rise to danger.

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PAT Testing

PAT Testing requirements for Businesses / Organisations Employers Responsibility:

To comply with the 1989 Electricity at work regulations, it is necessary to implement a programme of Inspection and testing of all necessary portable appliances.

The Electricity at work regulations state:

Regulation 4: "as may be necessary to prevent danger all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent so far as reasonably practicable such danger."

There is an obligation to carry out a programme of testing, maintenance and inspection:

  1. Where ANY appliances are used by employees
  2. Where the public may use appliances in places such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc
  3. Where appliances are supplied or hired
  4. Where appliances are serviced or repaired

Landlords also have a duty to take certain precautions against injury or death.

The laws promoted by the HSE and other organisations are designed to improve safety for all in the workplace and other public areas or buildings. With a simple, systematic regime you can comply with legislation and ensure that your workforce, your customers and your people are fully protected.

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