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Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important for the person responsible for the maintenance of the installation to be sure that the safety of users is not put at risk, and that the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition.

When is a periodic inspection needed?
It is recommended that periodic inspection and testing is carried out at least every:

10 years for a domestic installation
5 years for a commercial installation,
Includes HMO's (Houses in Multi Occupation)
3 years for caravans
1 year for swimming pools

Other instances when a periodic inspection should
be carried out are:
When a property is being prepared to be let.
Prior to selling a property or when buying a previously occupied property.

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:

Where ANY appliances are used by employees

Where the public may use appliances in places such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc

where appliances are supplied or hired

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.