Is PAT Testing legally required?

Currently, there are no strict legal requirements for PAT testing. However the government has placed regulations to pertain to the maintenance of many electrical appliances, so the tests are recognised as the most effective way of ensuring your safety. At Qualtek we work hard to provide the highest quality PAT testing Leeds based clients can ask for, delivering professionalism and excellent prices.

Insurance companies and UK Health and Safety executives will expect you to carry out PAT testing to make sure you are following certain regulations, including The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989, Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998, and the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999.

Qualtek understand that those who don’t comply with these regulations can receive fines up to £5,000 or six months imprisonment. Some cases have even seen fines go as high as £20,000, and the Crown Court have given sentences out of more than 2 years with unlimited financial penalties. So, although PAT testing in itself is not a legal requirement, it does help you to comply with these regulations and avoid punishment.

Any speculation that PAT is not lawfully required, and that the client is breaking the law by not having it carried out is simply not true. It is required by law that any employers, including self employed individuals, make sure that all electrics provided in their business are safe and maintained properly. So the testing is a crucial part of your business’ health and safety, and should always be considered as a solution to your concerns of safety.

To provide an effective way to identify faults that can come with use, it is strongly advised to consider PAT tests. Any defects in electrical equipment can pose a major hazard, especially if they are not repaired readily. With professional testing faults and other signs of wear can be identified to keep everybody safe.

Qualtek provide these testing services from 69p per device. We also do a full comprehensive test on everything, free minor repairs, out of hours work, a report back within 5 days, and no hidden charges. If you need our services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are confident you’ll quickly find out why we are the best for PAT testing Leeds has to offer.