Whatever your line of business - self-employed, a company director or manager, a supplier of hired equipment, a landlord or property management company - it is essential to ensure all electrical equipment is safe to use.

The law doesn't tell you how to keep electrical equipment in good order, but it is a legal requirement that you implement procedures which will avoid danger and injury. PAT (Portable Appliance Testing) is recommended by the Health and Safety Executive as an effective electrical maintenance regime.

From an insurance point of view, in the event of a fire caused by a faulty piece of electrical equipment, most insurance companies will want to see adequate records of electrical maintenance. Failure to show these records may result in any insurance claims becoming void.