This awareness level course is intended for anyone responsible for conducting portable appliance visual inspections and tests or who wishes to understand the process.
The purpose of this training course is to provide an understanding of best practices recognised by the law when it comes to preventing the hazards of portable electrical appliances.
Why Is PAT Testing Course Important?
Faults in electrical appliances can cause electric shocks and burns, which can result in severe or fatal injuries to those involved, as well as fire. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), portable appliances accounted for over 25% of all electrical accidents, while of some 30,000 fires seen in England, nearly 45% were caused by electrical faults.
Due to the risk involved, there is a clear legal requirement to control the hazards of electrical appliances and equipment.
Under the Health and Safety etc. Work 1974, employers must provide a safe working environment, free from hazards such as those of portable electrical equipment. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations, or PUWER, 1998 further underscore these duties, which require that electrical equipment must be in a suitably safe condition and subject to regular inspections, as required.