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Portable Appliance Testing


In line with the IEE Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment, 3L Electrical take responsibility for the Portable Appliance Testing and Inspection of all 240v electrical appliances that are fitted with a flexible lead and a 13amp plug and all 110v appliances. To assess compliance, 3L Electrical engineers undertake a thorough on-site visual inspection, a functionality test and, when applicable, an insulation resistance, earth continuity, load, leakage and flash tests.  Once testing and inspection is complete, each appliance is then provided with its own individual label to demonstrate its conformity to the IEE Code of Practice and a detailed report is generated which highlights any items that have failed.  This report summarises all appliances inspected and their test results and reveals that you, as an employer, take electrical safety seriously.  This report also acts as evidence to demonstrate that you abide by the legislation which is applicable to the inspection and testing of Portable Appliances as follows:

The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 places a duty of care upon the employer and employee to ensure that all persons using the work premises are kept safe.  This includes self-employed workers.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 state:

"All systems shall at all times be of such construction as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger."

"As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger."

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER) state:

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

The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 state:

"Every employer shall make suitable and sufficient assessment of:

(a) the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst at work, and

(b) the risks to ensure the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him or his undertaking."

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