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What is it?
Portable appliance testing (commonly known as PAT is a process in which electrical appliances are routinely checked for safety. The formal term is “in-service inspection & testing of electrical equipment”. Testing involves a visual inspection of the equipment and their flexible cables for good condition, and also where required, verification of earthing (grounding) continuity, and finally, a test must be conducted for the soundness of insulation between the current carrying parts, and any exposed metal that may be touched.
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PAT testing for businesses
It is the responsibility of all businesses to ensure that their electrical appliances are in safe working order for use in the environment in which they are being used.
PAT is an important part of any companies responsibility in order to maintain statutory health and safety compliance and when carried out correctly, can go towards preventing accidents or potential deaths within a companies working environment.
Businesses in the UK are expected to perform PAT testing regularly on portable appliances to comply with the following regulations:
- Health & Safety at Work Act of 1974
- The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989
- The Provision an Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999
PAT testing for landlords
The Scottish Government issued guidance in 2015 on electrical appliances in private rented properties.
The guidance states that private landlords in Scotland should ensure all electrical appliances provided by the landlord under the tenancy agreement are electrically safe. In order to do this, a competent person should be employed to PAT test all Landlord owned appliances.
Integrated Compliance Services will:
- check all electrical appliances provided under the tenancy agreement and apply pass labels to those deemed compliant.
- label any failed items with a fail label and advise landlords to have it replaced or repaired.
- Provide a detailed log of the results to the landlord showing the results for each appliance along with a PAT test certificate.
Integrated Compliance Services carry out Landlord PAT Testing throughout Scotland. If you are looking for PAT Testing for rental properties, then contact us now. We PAT test properties at an affordable cost and with as little disruption to your tenant as possible.
What are my duties as a landlord in relation to gas safety?
As a landlord, you are responsible for the safety of your tenants. The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998 deal with landlords’ duties to make sure gas appliances, fittings and flues provided for tenants are safe.
Appliances, fittings and flues in a communal area but which may be used by tenants are also included. You are responsible for the maintenance and repair of flues,appliances and pipework provided for your tenants use ;by a Gas Safe registered engineer . Although there is no prescribed timeframe for these duties, good practice would be the demonstration of regular, annual maintenance checks and subsequent repairs.
You are also responsible for ensuring an annual gas safety check is carried out within 12 months of the installation of a new appliance or flue which you provide and annually thereafter by a Gas Safe Registered engineer. You must keep a record of the safety check for 2 years and issue a copy to each existing tenant within 28 days of the check being completed and issue a copy to any new tenants before they move in.
Under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 you can have the annual gas safety check on each appliance or flue carried out up to 2 months before the date the check needs to be carried out but still retain the original deadline date as if the check had been carried out exactly 12 months after the previous check.find out more