How do I make sure my equipment is safe?

To make sure equipment is safe you’ll need to put measures in place for staff to do, and contract a suitable PAT technician to carry out appropriate tests:

  • Encourage staff to check the cable for the appliance before they use it (user check)
  • Encourage staff to check the appliance before the use it (user check)
  • Get all portable equipment visually inspected by a competent person as soon as possible then at appropriate intervals of between one month and 5 years dependent on the type of equipment and environment it is used in.
  • Arrange for equipment that needs it to have a portable appliance test as soon as possible then at appropriate intervals thereafter
  • Ensure that damaged and faulty equipment is recognised, removed from use and either repaired or disposed of
  • Regularly review your maintenance system to determine whether the intervals continue to be appropriate.

 

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