Portable appliances used in the work place or provided in residential accommodation by landlords must operate safely so that injury is not caused to anyone who operates the appliance, or as a result of its use.

An employer, or landlord owes a duty of care to their employees, tenants and visitors.  Likewise, the self employed owe a duty to their customers not to use electrically unsafe equipment on their premises.

It's not just power tools and devices with an obvious inherent risk of danger that need PAT Testing.

Computers, office machines, hairdryers, kettles, power leads, heaters, transformers and adapters all need PAT Testing to ensure they are safe.  Modern offices are dependent up computer equipment and the tangle of wiring found under most desks can hide unseen and potentially unsafe perils.

A substantial number of legislative provisions add to your common law duty of care and combine to require PAT Testing so that safety is ensured.


​They include:
The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999 and

The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974
In particular, Section 2(2)(a)

"the provision and maintenance of plant and systems of work that are, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health"

PAT Testing is an essential part of your maintenance programme.


The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
In particular, regulation 4(2) 

"As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger."
PAT Testing is an essential part of your maintenance programme.

Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
In particular, Regulation 6(1)

"Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair."

PAT Testing is an essential part of your maintenance programme.

Link to: HSE Simple Guide (PDF)

Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992
In particular, Section 5 

(1)  The workplace and the equipment, devices and systems to which this regulation applies shall be maintained (including cleaned as appropriate) in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.

(2)  Where appropriate, the equipment, devices and systems to which this regulation applies shall be subject to a suitable system of maintenance.

PAT Testing is an essential part of your maintenance programme.

Link to: HSE Guide to Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992 (PDF)

Regular, fully documented and certified safety testing will go a long way towards enabling you to prove that you have done all that can reasonably be expected of you to maintain safety.

As explained below, PAT Testing is to all intents and purposes a legal obligation.

Bousfield's PAT Testing are conveniently situated in Teesside to serve your PAT Testing needs in,
Redcar, Guisborough, Loftus and East Cleveland,  Stockton-on-Tees, Middlesbrough, Darlington, Yarm, Newton Aycliffe, Bishop Auckland, Peterlee, Hartlepool, Northallerton, and the wider Teesside, County Durham, North Yorkshire, North East areas.

Please call 07904 281933 or 01642 285645 to arrange PAT Testing at your business premises.