Work Regulations 1989

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury, is maintained in a safe condition. However, the regulations do not specify what needs to be done, by whom or how frequently.

Keeping records


There is no legal requirement to label equipment that has been inspected or tested, nor is there a requirement to keep records of these activities. However, a record and / or labelling can be a useful management tool for monitoring and reviewing the effectiveness of the maintenance scheme – and to demonstrate that a scheme exists.

Electric shock

A voltage as low as 50 volts applied between two parts of the human body causes a current to flow that can block the electrical signals between the brain and the muscles. This may have a number of effects including:

  • Stopping the heart beating properly
  • Preventing the person from breathing
  • Causing muscle spasms

Is PAT Testing compulsory?

No. The law simply requires an employer to ensure that their electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent danger. It does not say how this should be done or how often. Employers should take a risk-based approach, considering the type of equipment and what it is being used for. If it is used regularly and moved a lot e.g. a floor cleaner or a kettle, testing (along with visual checks) can be an important part of an effective maintenance regime giving employers confidence that they are doing what is necessary to help them meet their legal duties. HSE provides guidance on how to maintain equipment including the use of PAT Testing.

This information is from the HSE and ‘Contains public sector information published by the Health and Safety Executive and licensed under the Open Government Licence’.

How can R Baker (Electrical) Ltd help?

PAT Testing

PAT Testing is one of the cheapest and easiest ways to ensure you have reduced the risk of harm to your employees and also that you have met all of your insurance requirements.

With testing starting from 75p per item, our team will run an effective maintenance regime giving you the confidence that you are doing everything in your power to protect your employee’s and the public’s safety, therefore meeting your legal duties.

Our engineers record your testing results on-site for a fast and efficient service which ensures you are compliant the same day as testing.