Annual electrical safety tests 'unnecessary'
Health & Safety update 03/05/2012
Annual safety tests of all electrical equipment are unnecessary,
Employment Minister Chris Grayling has stated.
The minister made the statement in an attempt to help businesses
crack down on health and safety red tape. It is thought that
calling an end to Portable Appliance Tests (PAT) on items like
computers and kettles could save businesses around £30 million a
Last year Professor Ragnar Lofsted published an independent
report into health and safety legislation, which found that while
electricity does pose a rise, much time and money is wasted on
checking smaller items.
Furthermore, these tests are not required by law. The
Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 state that employers have to
ensure that electrical equipment is safe, but they do not state how
this should be done, or how often.
Mr Grayling clarified his reasoning: “If we want people to have
jobs, we have to recognise just how different and competitive the
world has become. And that means we have to change in response. We
need lower taxes and less red tape for business, or jobs will go
"That's why we are cutting health-and-safety bureaucracy. We're
making good progress and I am determined to cut the number of
health-and-safety regulations in half.”
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