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PAT tests in offices every 3 years rather than every year

If you manage an office's PAT testing you can benefit from a loop hole in the regulations.  Rather than getting all your equipment pat tested every year like you do now you can change it to every 2 or even 3 years instead.  But how can you do this and stay compliant, I hear you ask?  Well let me tell you this... there is nothing anywhere that says you need to get portable appliances tested every year, but everyone does, because that is what is normal, and in some respects, good practice. Annual testing usually means that we keep [...]

By |2019-07-24T19:46:59+00:00July 24th, 2019|PAT Blog|Comments Off on PAT tests in offices every 3 years rather than every year

6 ways to avoid an electrical fire

Don't leave washing machines, tumble driers and dishwashers running when you're out or asleep Don't leave portable heaters switched on and unattended Don't overload sockets with too many plugs Register your electrical products and check for recalls Always follow the manufacturers guidance when using appliances Don't buy fake electrical goods or cheap imports Don't use damaged electrical appliances

By |2019-06-19T15:25:56+00:00May 19th, 2019|PAT Blog|Comments Off on 6 ways to avoid an electrical fire

Electrical safety tests on electrical appliances in City of Glasgow College student flats were not carried out due to an oversight, leading to safety concerns. 

Electrical safety tests on electrical appliances in City of Glasgow College student flats were not carried out due to an oversight, leading to safety concerns.  The error, involved 40 properties, housing hundreds of students, in riverside accommodation on Thistle Street.  Glasgow City Council found that portable appliance test (PAT) certificates were unavailable for the past 2 years.  “It was however noted that historical PAT certification was unavailable. The applicant has been reminded of the need to fully comply with the conditions attached to their licenses and has provided a commitment to ensure this is done in future.” In rented properties [...]

By |2019-08-07T11:45:27+00:00March 31st, 2019|PAT Blog|Comments Off on Electrical safety tests on electrical appliances in City of Glasgow College student flats were not carried out due to an oversight, leading to safety concerns. 

How long does a PAT testing certificate last?

Realistically speaking a PAT certificate expires as soon as the test is over and someone starts using the appliance again, because the results obtained can't predict the future, but in reality most people consider a PAT testing certificate to last around one year. However, how long the time period should be until the appliances are tested again very much depends on a risk assessment. If you have electrical appliances in use at work you should carry out regular risk assessments to determine what is required to ensure they maintain safe standards; this could be annual PAT tests.  Usually a PAT [...]

By |2019-08-07T11:43:43+00:00February 19th, 2019|PAT Blog|Comments Off on How long does a PAT testing certificate last?

Why do you cover sockets in the UK?

A British safety standard from 1947 that requires the top hole of the 3-hole socket to have a "shutter" on the inside means that the live and neutral holes can't be accessed until the shutters are opened. That happens when the earth pin of the plug is inserted into the top hole, thus opening the shutter. Only by inserting a plug, with a top pin, can the shutter be opened, which in turn activates the live part of the socket... making the socket safe - so there is no need to cover it; even little children’s fingers won’t open the [...]

By |2019-08-07T11:40:51+00:00February 2nd, 2019|PAT Blog|Comments Off on Why do you cover sockets in the UK?

Registering and checking appliances is very important

Grenfell was a shocking incident (some info), and what it showed us was that electrical appliances do catch fire, they can cause major issues and they should be maintained better. It’s led to all kinds of campaigns and awareness raising such as the need for registering appliances and checking appliances against recall notices - how many appliances are still in rented properties that the landlord doesn’t know have recall notices on them? Potentially hundreds or thousands, and one day they may catch fire, and that may be your fridge in the flat you own with the tenant who trusted [...]

By |2019-08-07T11:37:51+00:00January 31st, 2019|PAT Blog|Comments Off on Registering and checking appliances is very important

New guide to improve consumer product safety recalls

(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) for product safety recall The government’s new Office for Product Safety and Standards has teamed up with BSI, the UK’s National Standards Body, to launch the first government-backed Code of Practice (PAS 7100) for product safety recall in the UK. The [...]

By |2019-08-07T11:36:23+00:00January 6th, 2019|PAT Blog|Comments Off on New guide to improve consumer product safety recalls

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

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 shock. A PAT test will find faults that make the appliance dangerous; the engineer is then able to take action to remove the danger. You need to get your electrical appliances PAT Tested to keep them safe. Is PAT Testing really [...]

By |2019-08-07T11:38:13+00:00July 26th, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on FAQs – Answers to some common questions that get asked about PAT Testing

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

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 getting regular PAT testing carried out; your insurance company is happy. Someone uses your premises (e.g. a DJ in a hotel) and their equipment has not been maintained; a fire starts and your premises are destroyed... are you insured? If you [...]

By |2019-08-07T11:40:22+00:00July 25th, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on If staff bring personal electrical equipment into work does it need testing?

Do we need to PAT test new equipment?

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 is safe to use then go ahead and do so; It is generally accepted that new equipment is safe to use as it should have been tested by the manufacturer, but it is possible it got damaged in transit, or that it [...]

By |2019-08-07T11:48:17+00:00July 25th, 2018|PAT Blog|Comments Off on Do we need to PAT test new equipment?