Harborough employers urged to protect employees with portable appliance testing


Matt Thompson with the new PAT equipment

Matt Thompson with the new PAT equipment

Businesses in Market Harborough and the surrounding area are being encouraged to comply with health and safety guidelines by ensuring that their portable appliances are regularly tested. Local IT business specialists Symitry IT (www.symitrybusiness.co.uk) is offering a portable electrical testing (PAT) service for the first time as part of its expanding portfolio of business services.

Figures from the Health & Safety Executive suggest that around one quarter of reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure that all workplace appliances powered by mains electricity (230 or 110V) are regularly inspected and tested to comply with the Health & Safety at Work Act (1974).

“Many companies simply don’t realise that they are contravening health and safety regulations by neglecting to have a programme of regular maintenance and testing for their electrical equipment,” comments Symitry’s support engineer Matthew Thompson. “However, not only are they committing an offence, but they could also be putting their staff and premises at risk. Now that we are able to offer a full PAT service, local businesses should find it easier and cheaper to get their appliances checked.” For more information on PAT, visit www.pat-testing.info/

The new PAT service is part of a range of services that Symitry Business offer to companies across Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and the East Midlands, including Business IT support, PC repair, Sage software and training and computer leasing. As part of the company’s expansion, Symitry Business Services recently moved its head office from Harborough High Street to new offices at The Point to cope with increased demand for business services and a growing workforce.

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