There is no strict legal requirement. However, The Government has put in place regulations pertaining to Electrical maintenance. By far the most effective way to adhere to these regulations is to perform PAT testing.
The UK Health and Safety Executive and insurance companies will expect PAT testing to be performed to ensure compliance with regulations; those being:
- Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974;
- The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999;
- The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 4(2) and 2(1);
- The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 4(1);
Non-compliance with these regulations can result in a fine up to £5,000 and/or up to six months imprisonment. The general duties of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974, has seen fines of up to £20,000 introduced in 1992. Moreover, offences heard in the Crown Court can carry up to 2 years imprisonment and unlimited financial penalties.