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
PCís, Tills, Fans, Leads, Hairdryers, Straightnerís, Telephones, CD
fact anything with a plug! Plugs or Fuses which
require changing are F.O.C from Sun and Fitness. P.A.T
Know The Consequences Of Not Getting Tested?
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.
Most insurance companies will assume that the owners of a business
are compliant with all relevant regulations.
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
What Happens If You Don't
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
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.
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
Electricity At Work
At Work Regulations 1989 States:
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."
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"
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:
and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 states:
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.
extends from electrical equipment to distribution systems.
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
or call 07779 162332.
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