Portable Appliance Testing

Since 2nd May 2007, when S.I. No. 299/2007 Safety Health and Welfare at work (General Application) Regulations, was signed into law in Ireland, all companies and persons responsible for health, safety and welfare have been legally obliged to have all portable electrical appliances regularly checked – and the records kept for five years.

“Portable” in this instance means any device with a plug top that can be removed from an electrical supply. So exactly what tests have to be carried out, how frequently, in order to comply with S.I,. 299 2007. The Regulations do not give specific answers, but the Health and Safety Authority has stated that in the absence of such definitions by Regulation then it uses IEE Regulations and Codes of Practices. Also, the EU “Use of Work 2 Equipment” Directive (89/655/EEC) places a responsibility on all organisations to ensure that their employees can use equipment at work “without impairment to their safety or health”. It is likely that in any legal proceedings resulting from breaches of the regulations the onus will be on the employer to prove such measures were taken to comply with the regulations that went as far as was reasonably practical.

Matrix Service to Employers
Matrix will provide our existing and any new clients a reasonably priced service for covering employer obligations in this area. All equipment tested will be labeled and logged and copy of testing copied to the employer This will ensure the employer is equipped with backup documentation to prove they have taken reasonable steps to ensure all portable appliances were tested at regular intervals.

Portable Appliance Testing

=> A regular test and inspection of all your portable electrical equipment.

This service can be provided as part of an on going maintenance agreement or a specific contract or as required by the employer.

Justification
ETCI National Rules for Electrical Installations (Third Edition) ET 101:2008, Amendments to Feb 2015, Chapter 62 states “It is recommended that the installation be inspected and tested periodically as appropriate to the use and environment to ensure that it still complies with these rules.”

Health & Safety Regulation, S.I. No. 299/2007 Safety Health and Welfare at work (General Application) Regulations. was signed into law in Ireland, and states that all companies and persons responsible for health, safety and welfare have been legally obliged to have all electrical appliances and installations regularly checked – and the records kept for five years.

Multiple Branch Clients
For Clients with multiple branch locations Matrix can provide full scheduled programmed visits to carry out Portable Appliance Testing in conjunction with a host of other services which can be carried out at the same time. This saves the client additional costs of having multiple contractors attending site.

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