Businesses ‘waste millions’ testing appliances annually

Figures released by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) have revealed that businesses are wasting millions of pounds each year by over-maintaining electrical appliances with unnecessary annual tests.

The IET estimates that, by adopting a common-sense approach, businesses could save more than £30m annually and £120m over the next four years.

The research shows the millions of pounds that are being are being spent needlessly because of the misunderstanding that portable appliance testing (PAT) should be undertaken every year. According to the IET, testing annually has never been a legal requirement and it is not the case that insurers require policyholders to undertake testing every year, particularly in low-risk business environments such as offices, shops and hotels.

To help businesses understand their PAT obligations and to prevent unnecessary electrical appliance maintenance, the IET has published the fourth edition of the Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.