PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING (PAT)
Under the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2007 S.I. 299, it is now a requirement under Irish law that all businesses are obliged to carry out PAT Testing on all portable appliances to ensure the safety and welfare of both employees and customers.
The onus to carry out PAT Testing now falls entirely at the feet of the employer who is 100% responsible. In order to comply with regulations records must be kept for at least five years for random spot checks carried out by the HSA.
Irish Insurers/Underwriters are now requesting proof that all portable appliances comply with the legislation prior to the renewal of existing or commencement of new policies.
From 1st November, 2007, the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work Act 2007 S.I. 299, section 81 states that an employer shall ensure that –
(1)(b) portable equipment is maintained in a manner fit for safe use and
(c) portable equipment which is –
(i) exposed to conditions causing deterioration liable to result in danger,
(ii) supplied at a voltage exceeding 125 volts alternating current, is
(I) visually checked by the user before use, and
(II) periodically inspected by a competent person, appropriate to the nature, location and use of the equipment.
(2) An employer shall ensure, where appropriate, that a competent person –
(a) tests any portable equipment described in paragraph (1)(c)(i) and(ii)