Monthly Archives: June 2013

June 2013

Information about the Formal Visual Inspection

By |2020-02-12T21:55:37+00:00June 12th, 2013|PAT Testing Info|

 Formal Visual Inspection Formal visual inspections should only be carried out by persons competent to do so; if someone is not competent they could miss something really important. The formal visual inspection is arguably the most important part of the portable appliance testing process. When PAT testing is done the visual inspection must be carried out before any tests using a [...]

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Information regarding Earth Continuity Testing/Earth Bond Test

By |2020-01-20T21:13:41+00:00June 12th, 2013|PAT Testing Info|

 Earth Continuity Testing The IEE Code of Practice recognises four test situations. 1. Type Testing to an appropriate standard 2. Production testing 3. In-Service testing 4. Testing after repair This document is limited in covering topics concerned with In Service Testing only. This is the testing carried out as a routine to determine whether the equipment is in a [...]

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Who is responsible for our electrical safety?

By |2020-01-20T21:13:57+00:00June 12th, 2013|Electrical testing, PAT Testing Info|

The employer, business owner, or designated duty holder is the person responsible for electrical appliance safety in their workplace (or equipment their business uses).  In a larger business a 'competent person' is often appointed by the employer to ensure the company remains compliant, such as a Health and Safety consultant.  It is the responsibility of this person, who we [...]

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Information for the requirements for appliance safety on building sites

By |2020-01-20T20:23:16+00:00June 12th, 2013|Building sites / tools|

Let's start with the formalities: If you are working on a building site using electric tools then you need to ensure they are safe. Whilst there's not much we can do if a bulldozer drives over your drill or a JCB cuts the cable to your inspection lamp we can do our best to check your wiring is safe [...]

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What is a Double Insulated Electrical Appliance?

By |2020-01-20T21:14:08+00:00June 12th, 2013|PAT Testing Info|

A Class II or double insulated electrical appliance is one which has been built in such a way that it does not require a connection to electrical earth (ground). Double Insulated/Double Insulation The basic requirement is that no single failure can result in dangerous voltage becoming exposed so that it might cause an electric shock and that this is achieved without relying on an earthed metal casing. This [...]

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PAT Testing Microwave Ovens in Commercial Kitchens

By |2020-01-20T21:14:20+00:00June 12th, 2013|PAT Testing Info|

PAT testing Microwave Ovens in Commercial Kitchens PAT testing companies try to make a bit of extra cash carrying out additional tests on Microwave ovens; the truth is those fifty quid "radiation" meters they use are pretty useless, and will pick up readings from the technicians mobile phone! A proper microwave test involves a bit more than waving a radiation meter [...]

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Does Battery operated equipment need PAT Testing?

By |2020-01-20T20:22:08+00:00June 12th, 2013|PAT Testing Info|

Battery powered electrical appliances such as laptop computers, torches and cameras are commonly referred to as "Class 3 appliances", which are extra low voltage items, and thus the safest class of electrical appliance, so they do not need a PAT test, and so do not fall under the remit of portable appliance testing. Other battery powered items such [...]

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