New Code of Practice for PAT testing

Tags: PAT Testing and Fixed Wire Testing,
Date: Wed 13 Jan 2016

New 4th edition of the Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment is to be published

The new 4th edition of the Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment is published this month.

The new guideline for PAT testing has been revised to take into account Lofstedt's report and the HSE view that promotes a proportionate risk-based approach when assessing electrical equipment.

This new edition aims to emphasise the need to risk assess the requirement for any inspections and tests. Risk assessments are vital to understanding the key influences that can affect the state of any electrical equipment in use and subsequently its continued safe use.

Any risk assessment process must be carried out by the duty holder, as the duty holder or responsible person is solely responsible for the safety and maintenance of equipment in their care.

There are significant changes to the advice on 'PASS' labels within the latest edition. The new code now recommends that the PASS label should not include the 'next test due'. The new labels should only include the equipment ID number, test date and inspectors initials.

Electrical equipment supplied in rented accommodation is now covered in the fourth edition, as well as guidance on hired and second-hand equipment. Guidance on the inspection and testing fixed equipment is also given.

To find out more about the new Code of Practice regulations call the experts at Intersafe on 02380 610101.