There are legal duties on manufacturers and suppliers covering the initial integrity and safety of new work equipment. The particular legal requirements relating to the use and maintenance (and by implication, examination and testing) of electrical equipment are contained in the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
Regulation 4(2) states:
"As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger."
'System', as defined in the Regulations, includes portable equipment.
Thus, the Regulations require certain safety objectives to be achieved but do not prescribe in detail the measures to be taken. Instead precautions must be selected appropriate to risk, depending on particular work activities.
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