PAT TESTING WHITE GOODS

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  • Alan Gibson
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    As a Housing Association we sometimes provide White Goods to some of our Tenants.
    Does anyone know how often white goods should be PAT Tested as the Table in the ‘IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and testing of Electrical Equipment {4th Edition}’ doesn’t seem to cover Landlord properties?
    Many thanks
    Alan Gibson

    Brian Bell
    Participant

    Hi Alan,

    The Health & Safety Executive provides no set rule on PAT testing frequency, only that testing should be done regularly to ensure preventative maintenance. The reason that there is no set frequency is because different situations arise that call for different measures. There are a number of factors that affect PAT testing frequency and it is up to each individual to determine when testing should be carried out.

    Best practice suggests annually and this is a requirement for HMO’s. We do ours annually or at change of occupancy, whichever comes first for any of our properties that have appliances. This satisfies that we are carrying out regular inspections and therefore covers the above. The requirement and frequency is different for Schools, shops etc. and in construction 110V equipment is required to be tested every 3 months. Hope this helps.

    Nancy Esslemont
    Keymaster

    Chris Edwards, AESM Technical Safety Manager comments:-

    This is unfortunately another example of non specific guidance and, as mentioned in previous posts, demonstrates reluctance to issue a one size fits all, and potentially ineffective, guideline.
    The burden is on the landlord to ensure that where a landlord provides an electrical appliance as part of a tenancy, the law expects the appliance will be maintained in a safe condition that will not cause harm to the tenant. Portable appliance testing is not currently a legal requirement, but it is considered to be best practise and one way of demonstrating planned preventative maintenance. The issue, as always, is how often should these be performed.
    A risk assessment should be completed, taking into account the type of equipment, frequency of use, working environment etc. Portable appliance testing doesn’t need to be conducted annually unless specific risks indicate that it should be. However, you should to be able to demonstrate that the appliances are being inspected and / or tested at intervals that reflect the risk. An inspection doesn’t need to be performed by a fully qualified tester, but by someone who may have relatively frequent access and that is deemed competent to do so. So with a little training, this could be performed by anyone who has frequent access to the property i.e. liaison officer or similar, as long as records of the checks are kept.
    There is reference material available, which in some cases refers to privately rented accommodation, but ultimately addresses the same risks.
    The assessment of the risks would be performed accordingly.
    Useful links below:-
    Maintaining Portable Electrical Equipment HSG10 https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/books/hsg107.htm
    Electrical Safety First Best Practise Guide 6 https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/professional-resources/best-practice-guides/
    Maintaining portable electric equipment in low-risk environments https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg236.htm
    Electrical Safety and You https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg231.pdf

    Richard Hart
    Participant

    Thanks for that answer Nancy,, very interesting and useful info, as very time consuming for our electricians PAT white goods in HMOs and TAs ,,,as long as records are kept, our lettings team can carry out a visual check on appliances.
    Thanks again

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