Portable Appliance Testing is a statuary obligation and it is generally regarded as being the best way of meeting the electrical regulations that exist to protect employees, customers, and tenants.
All portable electrical appliances are subject to getting damaged during use, and it is this damage that could render the portable appliance dangerous to the user. Without a regular portable appliance testing and inspection programme, you have not taken reasonable steps to ensure the safety of users.
Failure to comply with the Electrical Regulations may constitute a criminal offense under the Consumer Protection Act 1987 which carries a maximum penalty on summary conviction of a £5,000 fine and/or 6 months imprisonment. Landlords and letting agents could also be sued in Civil Law under the duty of care for failure to ensure the tenants’ safety and, as a result, face punitive damages.
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