PAT testing, as a procedure, is not, in itself a legal requirement.
However, and this is a BIG BUT… current UK legislation states that businesses MUST maintain safe electrical equipment, that they have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of employees and the public.
Because the process of PAT testing is considered the most effective method for doing this (and it provides the necessary paperwork), particularly for high risk environments, it has become an automatic and recognised method for meeting the legal obligations.
If you want to check out the specific guidance concerning electrical equipment at work, feel free, the links are here:
- The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
- The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
- The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999
What are the penalties if you do not meet the legal obligations?