Articles related to electrical equipment safety tips mainly around portable appliance testing in schools

Socket safety – why do we use socket covers when they’re not needed?

Please don't use these electric socket covers These plastic 'socket protectors' or 'socket protective covers' are not made to any British Standard and the pin dimensions tend not to comply with BS1363, which often results in internal damage to the socket outlet contacts or their own pins braking off and getting stuck in the socket. For this reason they are not recommend. But also for this reason, the PAT engineer needs to check every socket in your property to make sure they are not damaged, including that no pins are stuck in. How many sockets in your school, nursery or home have those little flat white 'covers' stuck in them? Parents and teachers plug them in to electric sockets because they think they'll make the socket safer to children. However, in reality - they're actually really dangerous, pose a fire risk and increase the chances of a user getting an electric shock! When was the last time you tried to pull one out? They're actually really hard to get out, not only that you find yourself reaching for something thin like a screwdriver or knife to force them out, risking [...]

2022-03-07T11:41:04+00:00Safety tips, Schools|

Get your school PAT tested during the school holidays

It's not too late to arrange the PAT Testing at your school for the summer holidays; we still have some space for you, but hurry - we can't guarantee the space for long. The school holidays are the best time to get portable appliances tested; it's easier for us to do our job and we find that less equipment gets missed when we don't have to work around pupils and staff. We'll find any faulty appliances and either repair them or remove them so they don't present a danger to users during term time. We'll also work with you to find the best solution for your needs, and to help you with ongoing frequency planning so that you don't have to spend more money than you have to. We carry out PAT testing in schools in all school holidays, but we always have openings for new clients, as our business grows but also because we recommend our clients consider the risks of their electrical equipment - do all appliances really need annual tests? Not the office equipment for starters. That saves our clients money, and saves us time, opening up opportunities to take on new schools.  Get a quote [...]


Frequency of PAT testing in schools

Frequency of PAT Testing in Schools What is the recommended frequency of PAT testing in schools? If you go by current guidance the frequency of pat testing in schools is annual however when you break this down you can utilise a risk assessment to increase the period between tests in most locations, saving the school quite a large portion of the annual budget in the process.  Electrical appliances used in schools are predominantly used by staff; everyone thinks of equipment in a classroom but few make the connection that they're generally used by teachers. In general a classroom consists of the teachers' computer, the whiteboard, and the projector. None of which are used by pupils very often, if ever. So as teachers are adults, is the risk as high as it is for equipment used by students? Probably not; so why get these appliances tested annually? A longer interval may be appropriate. That could be worth a risk assessment being carried out.  Equipment used by students should be tested on a regular basis, ideally annually, and they should also be inspected by the teacher, assistant etc on a regular basis to make sure no damage has [...]

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