The Power Service - Newcastle

Laws relating to Business and Commercial Premises


THE LAW ON ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES

LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TESTING PORTABLE, TRANSPORTABLE AND FIXED APPLIANCES

  • The Electricity at Work  Regulations 1989
  • The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994  
  • The Consumer Protection Act  1987

All electrical appliances supplied must be safe, meaning all appliances that are connected by means of a flexible cable, plug and socket, hand held or fixed to the circuitry.

The only sure method of ensuring that appliances are safe is to have them tested by a qualified person using the appropriate calibrated Portable Appliance Test (PAT) Equipment.

These tests must be in addition to the visual safety checks that should be carried out by the employer on a regular basis.

Business owners, Directors and their Senior Duty Holders are directly responsible for "Duty of Care" to provide a safe environment for employees, operators, customers and members of the public to walk through, buy from, live in and work at.

These regulations apply to all industrial and commercial business premises.

Failure to comply with the Electrical Regulations may constitute a criminal offence which could result in the maximum penalty of a £5,000 fine, closure or loss of business and/or 6 months imprisonment on summary conviction.

THE LAW ON GAS APPLIANCES

The Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994 (as amended)

  • A CORGI Registered Gas installer must check all gas appliances annually.  This is compulsory under the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1994 (as amended).
  • It is the responsibility of the Business owner, Director and their Senior Duty Holder to arrange for these checks to be carried out.  A written report on the condition of each appliance must be kept on site.
  • Records of the safety checks and certificates should be displayed where appropriate.
  • All traders who carry out work on gas appliances must be CORGI registered and engineers must hold the relevant ACS certificate.
  • The Health and Safety Executive enforce these regulations. 

FURTHER ADVICE CAN BE OBTAINED FROM YOUR LOCAL TRADING STANDARDS DEPARTMENT OR CONTACT THE HEALTH & SAFETY EXECUTIVE

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