Do I need to test a contractor’s electrical tools and equipment if they’re using them on my premises?

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Do I need to test a contractor’s electrical tools and equipment if they’re using them on my premises?

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Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is a form of in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment. It has evolved principally as a result of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.

It should be noted that testing is not an explicit legal requirement — the Regulations stipulate only that equipment is maintained so as to prevent danger. There is, nevertheless, general acknowledgement that evidence of routine maintenance and checking is one way of demonstrating compliance with this stipulation.

Also, there is no legal definition of “portable electrical equipment”. However, HSE guidance HSG107 Maintaining Portable Electrical Equipment describes it as:

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