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Electrical Appliance Definition

This web page defines what an electrical appliance is and provides information and links to:

  • Electrical appliances in the workplace.
  • Electrical appliances in rented accommodation – HMOs and ‘buy to lets’.
  • Electrical appliances in the home.

What An Electrical Appliance Is

An electrical appliance is a device that uses electricity to perform a function.

 

For instance a table lamp lights an area, a toaster ‘toasts’, an electric welder ‘welds’.

 

Lamps, toasters and electric welders perform a function and use electricity – they are electrical appliances.

 

Electrical Appliances In The Workplace

The best way to think of an electrical appliance in the workplace is as anything that uses electricity, for instance a toaster, a kettle, a lift, a machine press or a milling tool.

 

All electrical appliances need to be safe to use; all employers need to take all reasonable steps to ensure a safe workplace.

 

Many employers need to know what is ‘reasonable’.

 

Electrical appliances can be split into two types:

  • Appliances that are portable.
  • Appliances that are not portable.

Appliances that are portable should have PAT testing done. Appliances that are not portable should have an ’electrical test and inspection’ done.

 

The Judge Electrical opinion is that if PAT testing, ’electrical test and inspection’ and a ’safe to use check’ is done then all ’reasonable’ steps have been taken.


Overview Of Commercial Electrical Testing

 

Electrical Test Links

 

UK Electrical PAT Testing

 

Electrical Test And Inspection Period Guidelines

 

PAT Testing Intervals

 

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Electrical Appliances In Rented Accommodation – HMOs And ‘Buy To Lets’

The best way to think of an electrical appliance in rented accommodation is as anything that uses electricity, for instance a toaster, a kettle, an electric water boiler or a television.

 

The requirements of the UK electrical laws and regulations can be summarised as:

Is the property electrically safe?

 

Has the landlord taken all reasonable steps to ensure the property is electrically safe?

Can the landlord show that they have taken all reasonable steps to ensure the property is electrically safe?

 

The Judge Electrical opinion is that a ‘reasonable’ inspection regime is:

  • Annually – annual visual inspection.
  • One to five yearly – electrical test and inspection by a qualified electrician – time period depends on the age of the wiring, usage and the state of the fixed electrical installation.
  • In-between lets – electrical test and inspection by a qualified electrician.

Ensure that you keep records so that you can show you have taken all reasonable steps.


Landlords Advice Links – links to electrical advice for landlords.

 

UK Landlords – General Electrical Help And Advice – HMO and ‘Buy to Let’ landlord advice.

 

Buy To Let Landlord – Electrical Help And Advice (UK) – a summary of the UK electrical related laws and regulations that affect ‘Buy to Let’ landlords.

 

HMO (Houses In Multiple Occupation) Landlord Electrical Help And Advice – electrical advice for HMO landlords.

 

Annual Electrical Visual Inspection – HMO & Buy to Let Landlords – what a landlord should do in an annual electrical visual inspection.

 

‘Part P’ – Judge Electrical advice on Part P of Schedule 1 of the Building Regulations.

 

Electrical Appliances In The Home

There are many electrical appliances in every home, for instance PCs, kettles, toasters, TVs, coffee machines and lamps.

 

Most modern electrical appliances are not ‘built for repair’; when an electrical appliance breaks it is thrown away.

 

About the only part of an electrical cable that can be repaired or replaced is the power cable. Follow this link for information on power cables and what can go wrong with power cables.

 

Electrical appliances can cause RCDs to trip. Follow this link for information about RCDs.

 

If electrical appliances keep breaking this could indicate that a rewire is needed. Follow this link for information about house electrical rewires.

 

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