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Don't Put Your Business At Risk...

P.A.T tests on all electrical appliances within your salon are legally required at least every 12 months, donít put your business at risk, fines and prosecution are common if caught out, and even more importantly if you have No Valid Certificate your insurance could be VOID!

Appliances Include:

PCís, Tills, Fans, Leads, Hairdryers, Straightnerís, Telephones, CD Players, Chargers...in fact anything with a plug! Plugs or Fuses which require changing are F.O.C from
Sun and Fitness.

P.A.T Testing... Know The Consequences Of Not Getting Tested?

P.A.T Testing Legal Standards:

Portable appliance testing, or PAT testing, is a major contributor to ensuring safety at all times, and will enable your business to comply with the legal standards. Failure to implement a programme of regular appliance testing can lead to serious consequences, including prosecution, as well as affecting insurance policies.

Insurance Companies:

Most insurance companies will assume that the owners of a business are compliant with all relevant regulations.

These insurers are fully entitled to reduce, delay or even refuse to pay on a claim for damage caused by a portable appliance that has not been PAT tested.

What Happens If You Don't P.A.T Test?

Recently, an employee sustained a 240 volt electric shock that broke both shoulders whilst attempting to use a kettle, over time the lead had become damaged and the appliance became live. Suitable precautions had not been taken to prevent electrical injury to employees through annual PAT testing and No certificate could be produced...

Employees were exposed to live wires at 240 Volts ac, there was no PAT test of any mains lead prior to the accident which would had of identified the problem.

The employers were prosecuted under The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (No 14), The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1992 (No 3) paragraph 1 and received a fine of £10,000.

Pat Testing Legal Requirements Overview

Electricity At Work Regulations 1989

The Electricity At Work Regulations 1989 States:

  • "All systems shall at all times be of such construction as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger."

  • "As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger."

  • "'System' means an electrical system in which all the electrical equipment is, or may be, electrically connected to a common source of electrical energy and includes such source and such equipment"

  • "'Electrical Equipment' includes anything used, intended to be used or installed for use, to generate, provide, transmit, transform, rectify, convert, conduct, distribute, control, store, measure or use electrical energy."

Provision And Use Of Work Equipment Regulations 1998:

  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 states:

  • "Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair."

Scope Of The Legislation:

The combination of the above regulations and acts apply to all electrical equipment used in and associated with places of work.

This scope extends from electrical equipment to distribution systems.

Offences committed under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 may be liable for a fine of £20,000 for each offence in a Magistrates Court or unlimited fine/prison sentence at Crown Court.

Health and Safety Executive Inspectors can visit premises and may initiate legal action where equipment does not comply with regulations!

Sun and Fitness are N.A.P.I.T Certificated Test Inspectors, for more information please contact us by email sunfitnessltd@aol.com or call 07779 162332.
 

 


 
 
 

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