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Case 9 - Complainant queried if law had been changed for Portable Appliance Testing in low risk environments

Issue

The complainant queried if the law had been changed for Portable Appliance Testing to be undertaken on double insulated items, such as kettles, in low risk environments such as offices.

Panel decision

There is a widely held misconception that all portable equipment needs portable appliance testing, and often annually. The law has not changed. There is no legal requirement to carry out portable appliance tests (PAT). In a Iow risk environment such as an office or shop, regular visual checks by the user may be all that is needed to prevent danger. You don't need to be a qualified electrician to carry out inspection or testing, but some basic knowledge is needed. HSE will shortly be issuing new guidance to put this myth to bed.

2012-09-05