Under UK law the health and safety at work act 1974 (hsw act) in Great Britain or the health and safety at work (Northern Ireland) order 1978 in Northern Ireland employers are responsible for ensuring the safety and health of their employees and also the public, if they are at risk from those work activities. This includes electrical safety.
Electrical inspectors aim to reduce the number of electrical accidents by enforcing the law, providing advice on good working practices, and developing guidance in response to technical changes in equipment and working methods.
PAT Testing Portable appliance testing (pat) is the term used to describe the examination of portable electrical appliances (such as laptops and power tools) also equipment to ensure they are safe to use. Most electrical safety defects can be found by visual examination but some types of defect can only be found by testing. However, it is essential to understand that visual examination is an essential part of the process because some types of electrical safety defect can't be detected by testing alone.
A relatively brief user check (based upon simple training and perhaps assisted by the use of a brief checklist) can be a very useful part of any electrical maintenance regime. However, more formal visual inspection and testing by a competent person may also be required at appropriate intervals, depending upon the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used the frequency of inspection and testing depends upon the type of equipment and the environment it is used in. For example, a power tool used on a construction site should be examined more frequently than a lamp in a hotel bedroom.
Inspection and testing of electrical installation
Intruder Alarms design, commissioning, installation and maintenance
Fire Alarms The design, commissioning, installation and maintenance. Smoke, heat and replacement alarms consisting of battery and mains powered units. Also the installation and maintenance of Carbon Monoxide detectors designed for residential use consisting of battery and mains powered units.
Emergency lighting Design, commissioning, installation and maintenance of lighting including emergency generators and fire exit signs.
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