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DIY WordPress Websites and Search Engine Optimisation

Since setting up as a self employed person in 2009 I have learnt a great deal of new things, and I like to think I have developed skills that others can learn from. I have spent some time with a few people who have wanted to learn how to develop their own websites and to optimise them, and from that I have set up a little sideline business venture; coaching.  It's not something I have spent much time doing but you never know what the future holds.  In the past 10 years 2 of the things I have spent [...]

By |2019-09-29T23:25:52+00:00September 29th, 2019|Business Tips|Comments Off on DIY WordPress Websites and Search Engine Optimisation

12 Reasons why electric shock accidents involve portable appliances so often (number 8 may shock you!)

One of the biggest problems in any workplace is the use of portable electrical equipment. Referred to as portable appliances, electrical equipment fitted with a plug presents a high risk of becoming damaged and thus dangerous.  Portable appliances include any electrical appliances that can be plugged in and include computers, kettles, toasters, heaters, hair driers, power tools, etc. Considered the main problem with portable appliances is that they have a flexible insulated electric cable, which is used to connect it to the plug and aid its movement, that can easily become damaged. Additionally not all cables are secured to the [...]

By |2019-10-03T19:42:35+00:00September 19th, 2019|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on 12 Reasons why electric shock accidents involve portable appliances so often (number 8 may shock you!)

You should read this before arranging for your office to be PAT tested

PAT tests in offices may not need doing as often as you may think. Many offices get their appliances tested every year but that may be too often. If you do a risk assessment you will find that most if not all appliances won't need doing that often.  Stationery appliances such as fridges, photocopiers, even computers and monitors hardly ever move so do you really need to get them tested every year? If users check them periodically and inspections are carried out intermittently it should be perfectly acceptable to increase the interval between tests to 2 or 3 years. [...]

By |2019-10-01T21:02:35+00:00July 24th, 2019|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on You should read this before arranging for your office to be PAT tested

You should read this before getting new electrical equipment PAT tested

  Do new electrical goods need PAT tested before using? They shouldn't. New equipment should be safe when manufactured, and are tested before leaving the factory, so there should be no need for you to have to PAT test them before using them. Assuming the new equipment has been bought from a bonafide retailer from the European Economic area.  Be more aware if you buy new equipment from 'cheap' online sites, especially if the appliances are imported from non-European countries.  However, some company policies do require new equipment to be tested before being put into service, so really it depends [...]

By |2019-10-01T20:41:08+00:00July 15th, 2019|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on You should read this before getting new electrical equipment PAT tested

6 ways to avoid an electrical fire and to prevent your workplace burning down

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 DRA PAT testing specialise in appliance testing; contact us today for a PAT Testing quote

By |2019-10-01T20:41:14+00:00May 19th, 2019|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on 6 ways to avoid an electrical fire and to prevent your workplace burning down

FAQ: Will I get into trouble if I don’t get PAT done?

Depending on how severe the situation is, the penalty for failure to meet legal obligations on electrical appliance safety can be as high as 2 year's imprisonment, as well as unlimited financial penalty. Of course, we are not judge or jury so these figures may have changed/may change.  Don't take the risk to save a little bit of money, at the end of the day you are obligated as an employer or business owner to provide a duty of care to your employees and the public    

By |2019-10-01T20:21:24+00:00April 23rd, 2019|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on FAQ: Will I get into trouble if I don’t get PAT done?

FAQ: 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 |2019-10-01T20:41:34+00:00February 19th, 2019|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on FAQ: How long does a PAT testing certificate last?

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

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 |2019-10-03T19:39:00+00:00February 2nd, 2019|PAT Testing Info|Comments Off on Socket safety – why do we use socket covers when they’re not needed?

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 |2019-10-01T20:42:05+00:00July 26th, 2018|Frequently Asked Questions|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 |2019-10-01T20:42:13+00:00July 25th, 2018|Frequently Asked Questions|Comments Off on If staff bring personal electrical equipment into work does it need testing?