The 2007 General Application regulations requires that employers ensure the provision and safe use of electrical equipment. Specifically portable equipment is defined in the regulations as “equipment, including hand-held portable equipment, which"
(a) because of the manner in which it is to be used, requires to be moved while it is working,
(b) is designed so that it can be moved while it is working, or
(c) is moved from time to time between the periods during which it is working;”
Because of the potential for such equipment to be damaged or used in hazardous environment portable electrical equipment need to be appropriately assessed periodically by users and/or specific personnel to ensure that it is safe for use.