The government has made efforts to reduce the burden of compliance to Health and Safety Regulations.
In response to this, November 2012 saw the release of a new Code of Practice for the Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.
New instructions make it clear that not all equipment needs to be tested every year and some equipment does not need PAT Testing at all. However it is important to note that does not mean there is no responsibility to inspect that equipment. (Please see What is a Visual Inspection) The new Code of Practice requires areas of varying risk, within a business premises, need to be tested according to their individual risk. In practice this means that the testing frequency of your offices would be different to a workshop or kitchen area. For most businesses, there is no need to test everything every year. (Please see How often should I PAT Test)
The new code puts the emphasis on a risk based assessment of testing frequencies. Highlighting the need to adjust the testing frequency based on past performance. This however has always been the case. Testing frequency needs to be reduced or increased according to how much damage has been uncovered during previous testing.
Proactive Safety Services can help by guiding you through the process to help you decide how best to implement these changes.