TESTING (from only 99p per item)
test portable appliances?
legislation of specific relevance to electrical maintenance is
the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management
of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Electricity
at Work Regulations 1989, the Workplace (Health,
Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 and the Provision
and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998.
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 puts the
duty of care upon both the employer and the employee to ensure
the safety of all persons using the work premises. This includes
the self employed.
The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations
"Every employer shall make suitable and sufficient assessment
the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which
they are exposed whilst at work, and
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."
Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998
"Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained
in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good
The PUWER 1998 covers most risks that can result from using work
equipment. With respect to risks from electricity, compliance
with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 is likely to achieve
compliance with the PUWER 1998.
PUWER 1998 only applies to work equipment used by workers at work.
This includes all work equipment (fixed, transportable or portable)
connected to a source of electrical energy. PUWER does not apply
to fixed installations in a building. The electrical safety of
these installations is dealt with only by the Electricity at Work
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states:
"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,
"'System' means an electrical system in which all the electrical
equipment is, or may be, electrically connected to a common source
of electrical energy and includes such source and such equipment"
"'Electrical Equipment' includes anything used, intended
to be used or installed for use, to generate, provide, transmit,
transform, rectify, convert, conduct, distribute, control, store,
measure or use electrical energy."
Scope of the legislation
It is clear that the combination of the HSW Act 1974, the PUWER
1998 and the EAW Regulations 1989 apply to all electrical equipment
used in, or associated with, places of work. The scope extends
from distribution systems down to the smallest piece of electrical
Therefor a requirement exists to inspect and test all types of
electrical equipment in all work situations.
What is a portable appliance?
are many European standards and guidance notes regarding portable
appliances and equipment, though they do not establish a common
and specific definition of such equipment. Even so, there does
seem to be a consensus of opinion that such equipment is either
hand held whilst being connected to the supply, or is intended
to be moved whilst connected to the supply, or is capable of being
moved without undue difficulty whilst connected to the supply.
It is usual for this equipment to be connected to the supply via
a plug and socket, however this is not a requirement for electrical
equipment to be deemed portable or transportable. It is common
to define a portable appliance by saying that it is 'anything
with a plug top on the end of it'. This is a mistake as it may
mean that there are some appliances in the system that are never
Our Prices start from only 99p a test and that includes individual
appliance labels with unique appliance reference, pass register,
repair/fail register (if needed) and compliance certificate.
Our price structure is as follows:
- 1000 items
- 500 items
to 100 items*
to a minimum of 40 items
All electrical equipment to be tested has to be disconnected from
the mains supply. We realise the inconvenience that this can cause,
especially in a busy office environment, that is why we provide
out of hours service at no extra cost.
Reports & certification
On completion of the testing you will be issued with a safety
certificate and a detailed report that provides information on
each individual item. All items that pass the inspection &
testing will be labelled with a safety sticker.
Minor faults found during the course of the inspection will be
repaired as we find them and the appliance re-tested. All minor
repairs are carried out free of charge, including the following:
of faulty or damaged mains plug (BS1363)
of damaged or incorrectly rated fuses
of incorrect connections in the mains plug
to faulty cable grips in the mains plug
repairs requiring less than ten minutes labour
FREE Microwave Leakage Detection
Like all other electrical appliances sold in the UK, microwave
ovens are perfectly safe when new. However, like any appliance,
they can become damaged with age and use.
Like all electrical appliances, microwaves need testing for electrical
safety. Unlike other appliances, they are designed to emit powerful
radiation. This is perfectly safe when it is contained within
the microwave, but if the door or seals become damaged, then the
microwaves can escape and affect people using the oven.
You cannot feel or see microwave radiation, so the only way to
ensure that your oven is safe is to test it annually for leakage.