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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Legal Update – Electrical Testing

HSE busts the myth that all electrical appliances need to be tested annually.

HSE points out that the law simply requires employers to ensure that electrical equipment is maintained in order to prevent danger. It does not state that every item has to be tested, or how often testing needs to be carried out. HSE makes clear that testing appliances to ensure they are safe may be necessary, but for low-risk appliances in a low-risk environment, simple checks such as looking for frayed cables or other obvious signs of damage may be enough.

It believes this new guidance will save around £30 million per year in unnecessary testing.