Richard

About Richard Ayre

I am Richard; a PAT engineer with over 10 years experience, MD of DRA PAT Testing Limited and Operations Director for the Portable Appliance Testing Trade Association

January 2019

New guide to improve consumer product safety recalls

By |2020-01-20T20:08:59+00:00January 6th, 2019|Safety notices|

(this is not our article; it has been taken direct from the UK Government website) BSI Code of Practice will help businesses understand what to do if their product needs to be recalled. Published 7 March 2018 From: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, Office for Product Safety and Standards, and Andrew Griffiths MP Code of Practice (PAS 7100) [...]

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July 2018

FAQs – Answers to some common questions that get asked about PAT Testing

By |2020-01-20T20:19:33+00:00July 26th, 2018|PAT Testing Info|

We get these questions asked a lot; perhaps you have other questions - ask them in the comments section and we will respond.  Why do electrical appliances need PAT testing? Electrical appliances need PAT testing to maintain safety standards - an appliance that is not safe is dangerous; a dangerous appliance starts fires or gives the user an electric [...]

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If staff bring personal electrical equipment into work does it need testing?

By |2020-02-03T15:08:43+00:00July 25th, 2018|PAT Testing Info, Safety in offices|

Yes it does; you are responsible for electrical equipment used at work, whether you have supplied it or not.  What would happen if that appliance caught fire or caused an accident - would you be protected if you hadn't checked the appliance was safe?    Consider this: You take action to ensure your equipment is maintaining safety standards by [...]

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Do we need to PAT test new equipment?

By |2020-01-09T20:34:26+00:00July 25th, 2018|PAT Testing Info|

If I had to give you the answer to this question, I would say "better safe than sorry, get it tested", but ultimately the final decision is yours.  Most people say that you don't need to get new equipment PAT tested but it is up to your company policy If you are confident that the new equipment you have [...]

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What happens if an appliance fails the tests?

By |2020-01-20T20:09:36+00:00July 25th, 2018|PAT Testing Info|

If we fail an appliance we will advise you what to do; either repair it or dispose of it.  PAT Testing is as much about finding faulty appliances and fixing them as it is about confirming appliances are safe. If an appliance fails it may be repairable; if we can repair it we will do, but if not we'll [...]

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April 2018

You have to see this before buying cheap counterfeit electrical products – it’s explosive!

By |2020-03-18T22:11:22+00:00April 22nd, 2018|Safety notices|

This video from You Tube, linked from the BS1363 website (link not working so removed) is an excellent example to show what happens when a UK plug fitted with a counterfeit BS1363 fuse is subject to a short circuit. Because the counterfeit fuse has no filling to suppress the arc it just explodes, as there's nothing else it can [...]

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Portable Appliances must be unplugged to be tested

By |2020-01-09T20:34:39+00:00April 11th, 2018|PAT Testing Info|

How often do you see a PAT tester testing your equipment without unplugging it? It is not possible to test a portable appliance without unplugging it A technician that doesn't unplug an appliance is simply looking at it, or doing even less - he sticks a sticker on and charges you for it. An internal fault won’t be found [...]

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Register your appliances

By |2020-01-20T20:10:56+00:00April 11th, 2018|Safety notices|

Have you registered the appliances in your properties with the manufacturer? When you buy appliances these days there is a warranty card in the box, if you complete and send it off you'll be notified if there is ever a recall notice on the appliance. Appliances, especially kitchen appliances get recalled all the time for all kinds of reasons, [...]

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How do we check if appliances have been recalled?

By |2020-01-20T20:11:07+00:00April 3rd, 2018|Safety notices|

Electrical appliances get recalled all the time, for all kinds of reasons, often simple maintenance issues where if you get in touch with the manufacturer they'll send an engineer out to do the work, but sometimes it's because a fault has been found that makes the appliance highly dangerous, like it could overheat and catch fire. If there is [...]

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March 2018

Socket testing – is it really necessary?

By |2020-03-03T09:07:50+00:00March 5th, 2018|PAT Testing Info|

Socket Testing - is it really needed? Socket Testing - is it really necessary? Socket Testing - is it really necessary? Your electrical wall sockets should be tested by an electrician when they do an electrical installation certificate report; you hope they were installed correctly and so it's just [...]

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