HSE Report says “Unnecessary electrical safety tests cost firms £30M PA”

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) has issued revised guidance on portable appliance testing (PAT). In their latest newsletter issue 32, HSE chair Judith Hackitt says that many low risk companies are paying for testing that is not needed.

The HSE have an ongoing campaign attempting to “burst the health & safety myth bubbles”,  with a Myth Busters Panel which includes Ms Hackitt. The Panel will consider any Health and Safety advice given by insurance companies, health and safety consultants, and employers that is believed to be disproportionate or inaccurate.

The revised leaflet “Maintaining portable electrical equipment in low-risk environments” suggests that employees should carry out visual and user checks before using electrical equipment, and gives guidance on how to carry out these tests.

This leaflet is available here: http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg236.pdf To view this file you need Acrobat reader – download it free from here .

J19 Testing has a policy of not testing for testing’s sake and advises clients accordingly. Check out what we say on our web page “The Urban Myth”. We can now provide visual only checks as part of our service. These are recorded and included with our certification documents.   Call us for a no obligation quote right now. But overall please do ensure, by whatever means, that you, your staff and your customers are working in a safe environment.