In the UK, there are specific regulations regarding PAT testing. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require employers to ensure the safety of all electrical equipment used in the workplace. This includes the requirement to regularly inspect and maintain electrical equipment, including through PAT testing.
The frequency of PAT testing may vary depending on the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used. However, the Health and Safety Executive recommends that portable appliances in offices, shops, and hotels should be tested every two to four years, while appliances in construction sites and other high-risk environments should be tested more frequently.
PAT testing should be carried out by a competent person who has the necessary knowledge, skills, and equipment to perform the testing. The results of the testing should be recorded, and any faults or issues identified during the testing should be addressed promptly to ensure the safety of the equipment.
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