Your Head of Department/section/business unit is responsible for authorising the use of personally-owned electrical equipment on the University premises, whether for University purposes or not. For example, approval might relate to equipment used in offices or laboratories, the type of equipment allowed and/or frequency of use.
Simple visual checks
Everyone is encouraged to carry out simple visual checks (.pdf) of the electrical equipment they use or own to make sure there are no immediately visible signs of damage before it is connected to the mains supply.
If you are concerned about the safety of electrical equipment, do not use it. Switch it off if safe to do so and immediately contact the person responsible for electrical safety in your area.
Equipment used for University work or study
Any privately-owned electrical equipment must receive PAT where it is approved and used for University purposes. Such equipment should be included in the inventory of electrical equipment for the area in which it is/will be used, with no cost to the owner of the equipment.
The minimum frequency of PAT should be in accordance with the tables in low risk environments (.pdf) and higher risk environments or activities (.pdf), or with local rules where more frequent PAT may be required.
Equipment not used for University work or study
If you are concerned about the suitability of personally-owned electrical equipment to be connected to the UK mains supply or where a safety check is required, the Estate Management Section will carry out a formal visual inspection or combined PAT and a nominal charge made. Low voltage equipment such as mobile phone and iPad chargers only requires simple visual checks.
Prohibited or dangerous electrical equipment
Certain electrical equipment is dangerous and prohibited from use in offices and/or study bedrooms because they present a significant risk of fire and/or electrocution.
Disposal of electrical equipment
Under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Regulations 2006, electrical and electronic waste must be disposed of responsibly and recycled where possible.