Working from home safety tips

PAT Testing for home workers

If you need PAT testing and you’re working from home, that’s fine, we can help.

We can wear face masks, and wipe surfaces we have touched; we’ll do what is necessary to keep you covid-secure and electrically safe.

How do you arrange it? Just like anything else you need to arrange; just call 07897240878 or email richard@draelectricals.co.uk

Do you need PAT testing when you work from home?

If you work for a company and they require you to work from home then they are responsible for you, even when you are at home; because you are still working – so the Health and Safety at Work act still applies.

So your employer must get the electrical appliances they provide you with checked to make sure they are safe.

Do you work for yourself, from home?

This question is a lot harder to answer; if only you work in the business and you work from home, if you’re competent to assess that your equipment is safe to use then there is no real reason to get it tested. However, if you employ people or you have clients, and they come to your home to work, then the equipment does need checking.

Maintaining Safe electrics when working at home

We have put together these working from home safety tips to try to help you help your staff work safely, at home

working from home safety tips - portable appliance testing for home workers

When working from home it is important to maintain safety; when we come home from work we often forget about some of the safety processes we had to follow at work, believing our home is a safer environment – most of the time it isn’t, especially with lapses in concentration. 

With the current Covid-19 pandemic more and more people are working from home, which is unprecedented for the way UK business usually works, and we are not set up for it. You’ll have noticed internet speeds are now a lot slower; that’s because a lot more people are using the internet system than it is used to. 

Your bosses expect you to work to the same conditions, start and finish times, break times etc that you do in the office but home-working just doesn’t work in that way. In the office you talk to colleagues over your monitor screens, have coffee breaks and generally avoid a lot of work doing other things; most people working in an office do around 4 hours of work a day rather than the 8 they are paid for! But when you work from home, you don’t have the distractions of co-workers so you work harder, smarter and longer. A quick trip to the kitchen for a fresh coffee takes less time, and assuming you don’t have the kids to distract you you’re going to get more work done undisturbed. In fact, being an experienced home-worker I know how many times I have worked through lunch too. 

Add to that that you are paying for the electricity, heating, water and internet, unsubsidised by your bosses they need to not expect you to work the full 8 hours… unless they are going to pay you more for that. They’re also saving on the costs of housing you in their office as they did when you were at work. 

Companies are realising that their staff working from home are more productive, and set up costs are lower because they don’t have to pay for the desks, lamps, floors and walls. 

But where they must not scrimp on, and where many are not living up to their obligations is health and safety. Health and Safety at work applies whether you are in the office or at home; wherever you are working. So these obligations still need meeting. That includes making sure that electrical equipment is safe. 

You will also find brining your office home makes for a very different working environment. Some people are setting up shop on their dining room table or trying to find desk space in their garage or shed. If you’re like me then you’re lucky enough to already have an office set up at home, but perhaps you now have to share it. 

You’ll find with the increase in electrical equipment in your home you’re forced to add more extension leads, and you’re fighting for sockets which leads to a risk of overloading, which in turn is risking overheating, and fires, which none of us want. 

I am seeing pictures on my friends social media channels of their overloaded sockets, as they try to find enough space to plug in their work computer, as well as their TV and games console. 

Just because we now work from home, we can’t forget about workplace safety – we are working from home… we are at work, so we are required to comply with the same legal requirements, such as the Electricity at Work Regulations

We have put together these working from home safety tips to try to help you help your staff work safely, at home.

Portable Appliance Testing for Home-Workers

Working from home is still work so get settled safely

When we all got the nod that we had to work from home we quickly cobbled together a new office in our house, which was put together in a rush and probably is still getting used, as we all moan that its not up to the task. 

Now is the time to take a moment and really think about how much better we could set this up. So when you have read this article, shut down your computer and follow these handy safety tips. Actually, open the article on your phone or tablet and follow these guides. 

If you’re at work your bosses are responsible for ensuring portable appliances are regularly inspected and tested to make sure they continue to be safe for use and that is no different when you work from home. 

In normal circumstances if you were to work from home your bosses would make sure electrical equipment was safe before you took it home; they’d advise you how to check it is still ok when you get it home and they’d arrange for it to be retested at regular intervals; usually every year, by a competent person. Now, with Cold-19 it is no different, expect initially we had a period where we couldn’t come into your home. Now, with a bit of social distancing, good hygiene and some basic PPE, we can. So now is a good time to start petitioning your bosses to get us out to make sure everything is ok. 

Portable appliance testing for home workers is important, and it won’t take much effort to organise or do. We can be in and out of your home in a matter of minutes, and you’ll have the peace of mind that your equipment is safe to continue using, and your home office set up is acceptable. 

Portable appliance testing for home workers

What does the company risk assessment say?

You may not realise this but your company should have a policy for when staff have to work from home, including a risk assessment. You need to make sure your workers are familiar with this; it should detail safety measures that should be in place, and what they need to do to comply with them, and also what you should do to make sure they understand them. 

Chances are with everything that has happened this got forgotten about, perhaps you don’t have a policy at all, or your policy has not been updated to cope with the current situation. 

If you have such a policy, make sure it is up to date and send it to your staff. If you don’t and you need help putting it together, get in touch and we’ll connect you with an independent health and safety consultant in your area. 

If putting together a risk assessment you need to consider including the following:

  • Trip hazards such as rugs and pets
  • Spill prevention against coffee cups and breakfast cereal

Perhaps, make it into a fun activity for your staff to do with their families – they could get the kids to identify any hazards in the home and make a note of the ones that affect work. 

We have put together these working from home safety tips to try to help you help your staff work safely, at home.

Use extension leads correctly

Extension leads are intended to only be used with IT equipment, and shouldn’t officially be used as a long term solution. They are intended to be used until proper sockets can be installed, although in reality this rarely happens. 

Of course your staff aren’t going to get extra sockets installed but they can still make sure they use the extension lead correctly with a little bit of guidance from you. 

The lead being used must be suitable for what it is being used for, and not overloaded, which can lead to overheating and in turn, fires. 

The maximum rating of any extension lead for normal use is 13 amp, although most actually are 10 amp, especially the white ones we all have in abundance. 

Try to remember that when we get an extension lead, say with 4 sockets, it doesn’t mean it is ok to fill them all; in most cases perhaps only 2 can be utilised. Consider this example: we are using a 4 gang white socket extension with a 10amp rating; if we plug in a PC screen at 3 amps we now just have 7 amps left. Most things we use at home are going to be low power but we still need to consider the ratings. We must ensure the total load is spread across the sockets and not be exceeded. When using the standard office set up of a PC screen and the base unit, putting both of these on an extension lead is perfectly fine. There also shouldn’t be any issues adding a phone charger and desk lamp, utilising all 4 sockets in this case. 

But never ever plug a heater or your hair dryer into the same extension! 

Also, if you are using a cable reel be aware that if it is still coiled up it’s rating is a lot lower than if it were uncoiled – check the label on the sockets for the difference. 

Finally, think of those square blocks that you plug in to sockets – put them in the bin! Especially the ones that don’t have a fuse holder as they are noncompliant and can be very dangerous. These are well known to lead to fires if overloaded. 

messy cables under a desk

Visually inspect equipment before use

When we are at home we forget about safety; many people seem to think the risks at work are not at home. Damaged or faulty equipment poses just as much risk at home as it does at work, so inspect appliances before use to reduce the risk. 

Because of the rush of setting up working from home in this crisis many of us forgot about the importance of working safely. In normal circumstances had we moved electrical equipment like a computer from one location to another we’d have considered the risk of damage occurring and got it PAT tested before it was plugged in. But because we all rushed to work from home this got forgotten about. 

We had a couple of clients tested the equipment before it left the office, although they couldn’t guarantee it was still safe when it got to their employee’s home, they were sure it was safe when it left, so they protected them selves there. 

It is important that we verify as much as possible that everything is safe for use and doesn’t present a danger to users, and the users family. 

The best way to make sure all this equipment is safe is to get it PAT tested and if that is possible we would recommend that be done. Whilst we’re not keen on going into houses to do this, if we can guarantee protective measures are implemented this could be an option. Speak to us about this

Whether we get the PAT test done or not it is still important that the user checks their appliances regularly just in case. A regular user check, say every week, will help us to reduce the risks by picking up on any issues before they become major. 

These visual inspections by the user should be carried out before plugging everything in (probably too late now), or unplug everything now and check it before plugging it back in. If the user is unsure about something they need to report it to you. 

an example of what an overloaded socket can do to a wall socket

The inspection should include the following:

  • Is the plug in tact and not damaged in any way?
  • Is the cable fitted to the plug securely?
  • Are there any bare wires, or coloured insulation showing?
  • Is there any damage to the cable such as cuts, tears, bare wires etc?
  • Does the cable enter the appliance neatly, and is it secure?
  • Is the appliance casing damaged in any way?
  • Does the appliance have a correctly functioning switch?
  • Are all guards, and parts in place and secure?
  • Does it have correct stands if necessary, so it doesn’t topple over

The visual inspection by the user is a check of the plug, lead and appliance using common sense. If it looks dangerous don’t use it. Report it to the right person and get it repaired by a competent person. 

the result of an electrical fire from tyne and wear fire brigade

Is the appliance genuine or fake?

A concern we have centres around whether an appliance is genuine or a cheap counterfeit alternative. Putting together the right equipment for our home offices, in a rush, may have lead to us buying equipment from less scrupulous suppliers. If the iPhone charger we’re using was bought off a market stall how do we know it isn’t going to blow up? 

Fake or counterfeit equipment rarely meets British standards, and may not have the right safety measures built in. Such appliances pose a massive risk to our homes and workplaces. We see regularly damaged appliances and via our friends at Tyne and Wear Fire Brigade, we see the results of using fake goods. 

Some of the biggest issues are caused by phone and laptop chargers; make sure yours are from the same manufacturer as the appliance they charge, and are the recommended versions. If you buy cheap alternatives, your are risking your home and your family. 

What happened after a fake iPhone charger was used

Moving equipment risks damages

Your office is now in someone’s house

From a business perspective, sending staff to work at home doesn’t mean you can forget about them – they’re using electrical equipment you have provided which means you are still responsible for ensuring it is safe. It should have been tested before it left the office, was it? Doubt it. We only had 2 clients that we know of that took this sensible precaution. 

Of course, with the threat of Covid-19 the chances of an electrician or PAT tester going into someones house to test equipment, now, is slim – we aren’t doing any domestic work – so you need to rely on your staff using their appliances sensibly – making sure they don’t overload extensions, and that they do their own visual inspections.

Did you provide proper surge protected extension blocks suitable for the equipment they’ll be using at home? 

If you’re planning to keep staff working from home long term, after we’re allowed to return to work, you need to get equipment tested sooner rather than later, for your own peace of mind, which is going to increase costs, as now equipment will be tested over multiple sites, but you have saved quite a bit whilst you’ve not had to pay the energy bills.

Have you taken that into consideration for your staff working from home? 

They are no longer using your electricity, but their own, so should you be paying towards that? I’ve heard of some companies, accepting their staff will work less time in the day due to distractions at home, but as long as the work is done they accept that, so they don’t have to cover the additional expenses such as electricity, gas, water, etc. 

Are you wasting money on energy?

Have you turned off everything that is still in the office by the way? 

A computer still switched on, a photocopier or TV will be using energy – what’s the point if you’re not there. Save some money by popping back in to make sure everything is turned off at the wall. 

When staff start coming back to the office, you need to consider getting equipment tested before they start using it at work again – appliances can be damaged in transit, in fact they are at their highest risk when getting moved from one place to another, and you don’t want to risk plugging in a damaged computer that could start a fire. 

You also want to make sure each appliance is cleaned, to get rid of any lingering germs. 

2021-01-05T18:40:31+00:00Safety in offices|

What are surge protectors for?

What are surge protectors for?

A surge protector is an electrical appliance designed to protect electrical equipment from surges in power, or voltage spikes. A surge protectors tries to limit the voltage supplied to the appliance by either blocking or shorting to ground the unwanted voltage. 

Surges in power generally come from:

  • Internal tripping  events, such as lights being turned on and off
  • A high in-rush of energy could generate a surge around the circuits
  • Lightning strikes

A surge protecter doesn’t last forever; it’ll only absorb so many surges before it stops working itself, although it is practically impossible to tell when this will happen; the longer it has been in use the more at risk you are from it not being effective. If you are aware of it absorbing a power surge it is recommended you replace it. 

this extension lead has built in surge protectors

A surge protector is an appliance made to protect your devices from voltage spikes. It’s designed to keep unwanted voltages away from your electronic devices.

How does a surge protector work?

The equipment you plug into your sockets rely on a consistent voltage of electricity. However, the sockets can’t guarantee this steady flow of electricity, so to protect sensitive electrical equipment, such as IT equipment, we use a surge protector. This device ‘defends’ your equipment from voltage spikes by rerouting unsafe energy so that only the normal amount of electricity will pass through your device.

When should a surge protector be used?

Whether you need a surge protector depends on the equipment you are using. Surge protectors are designed to protect your computer. Laptops and desktop computers are both packed with voltage-sensitive components that a power surge could easily damage. Without a surge protector, a power spike or power surge could shorten the life of your computer, wipe out all of your data, or even completely destroy your system.

When we carry out PAT testing on computers, we look for surge protective devices being used, and test them too. Be aware that all extension blocks are not surge protectors; they need to display the sign that they are, and don’t get caught out by those masquerading to be – we come across many cheap blocks claiming to be surge protectors that aren’t. Usually if an extension block is very cheap, the surge protector may not be as effective. 

In fact, you should use a surge protector with any high-end electronic device. You should always use a surge protector with gaming consoles, for example. By doing so, you’ll extend the life of the device and prevent possible damage.

Remember, a sensitive electrical appliance plugged into an electric socket is at risk of serious damage if there is a voltage spike, so protect it with a surge protector. 

2021-09-08T05:58:03+00:00PAT Testing Info|

Keep your staff homes safe from Coronavirus if they’re working from home

Corona Virus Update

Keep your staff homes safe from Coronavirus

Coronavirus is effecting us all; we’ve been told to work from home if we can but safety measures have not been put in place. 

If you’re letting staff take appliances home that they wouldn’t usually, such as company PC’s make sure they are safe – you may not have time to get a PAT test done so make sure that they are visually sound:

  • Check the plug and cable for any damage, especially when you remove them from their usual desktop home
  • Check the appliance itself and make sure all parts and covers are attached

If you do have time to get us in to PAT test – do so; we’ll come any time. 

Check out our Working from home safety tips blog for more information on safely working from home. 

Now remember hygiene:

It’s not just the coronavirus that threatens us; germs of all kinds can be transferred from work to him and vice versa through dirty electrical appliances, especially keyboards and mice:

  • Clean appliances before they leave the office, then clean them again when you get home in case they have picked up any germs during transit – there’s no point going to work at home to be safer if you risk your home safety by transporting germs inside. 
  • Do the visual inspection again when in the house, because the appliance may have got damaged in the car
  • When we get the all clear or you move back to work, clean the appliance again before leaving home and again back at work, and do your inspections again just to be sure. 

We also strongly recommend that once your equipment is back at work you get it PAT tested as soon as possible, preferably before it gets plugged in because there is a high chance it may have got damaged in all the movements. 

Finally; when your workplace is empty – wouldn’t that be a really good time to get the PAT testing done? We can test equipment without disturbing staff as they won’t be there, we can tidy cables as we can move them more easily and we can complete the job in less time than normal – also if you do this, we’ll give you a 10% discount off the normal rate we charge you, as a thank you for the work. 

Keep safe in this time, and stay well

2021-09-08T06:00:10+00:00Health and Safety|

Check if your Whirlpool washing machine is being recalled

Check if your Whirlpool washing machine is being recalled

You may have seen in the news recently that Whirlpool are recalling certain models of washing machines manufactured under the Hotpoint and Indesit brands between 2014 and 2018.

Whirlpool have identified that certain models pose a fire risk. We want you and your home to be safe, check if your washing machine is affected by visiting the Whirlpool website.

Whirlpool washing machine

To ensure you are notified every time an appliance gets recalled, register your appliances. 

2021-09-08T06:01:07+00:00Safety notices|

8 important Christmas lights safety tips

Christmas tree lights - 8 important safety tips

Here are 8 Christmas Lights Safety Tips

When putting up your Christmas tree lights this year, or taking the tree down in the new year, make sure you follow these 8 Christmas lights safety tips:

  1. Always switch off your lights at the socket before changing a faulty bulb
  2. Always inspect the cable and the bulbs for damage before switching the lights on
  3. If the lights are damaged when you get them from your storage, or damp; don’t use them. Dispose of them and buy new replacements
  4. If you’re putting the lights up at work always PAT test your lights before you use them 
  5. When it comes to taking down the tree in the New Year; switch them off and unplug them first, then gently remove them from the tree to prevent damage. 
  6. Get an old kitchen paper tube or something similar,  to wrap your lights around to keep them tidy. Don’t do it too tight though
  7. Store your lights somewhere safe and dry
  8. If you do buy new lights make sure its from a reputable dealer and that they carry the CE mark to show they conform to EU safety standards
2021-09-04T16:53:09+00:00Christmas|

Do you worry about important plugs being switched off by accident?

Lockable Socket Covers

Use lockable socket covers to protect important plugs from being accidentally switched off. Great for server systems or computers you don’t want turned off by accident. Also great to protect children at home. 

Everywhere we go there is at least one plug with a post it note taped to it with the big letters “DO NOT SWITCH OFF”. 

Someone somewhere is terrified that the all important plug will be taken out and replaced by a hair drier or heater! 

But you need worry no more, for we have the solution! 

Not only does this simple solution massively reduce the chances of your plugs being disconnected when you don’t want them too, but it can also totally prevent it. 

In addition to that the exact same system can protect younger users from the risks of electric sockets, by totally blocking their paths to them. 

Red and White Do not switch off the socket sign

Lockable Socket Covers

Lockable Socket safety cover being slid into place over a double socket

We are now distributors and installers of lockable socket covers, which can reduce and eliminate the chances of that all important socket being switched off. 

We have tamper resistant covers that have a ‘child lock’ system that requires adult sized hands to release, which through a latch system stops a cover being lifted, effectively preventing sockets being accidentally switched off. 

We also have fully lockable socket covers; with a key, so you can take the key, put it somewhere safe, giving you peace of mind that that socket will not be turned off. 

This is a great solution for:

  • Server systems
  • Important computers
  • Clocking in systems 
  • Sockets in children’s bedrooms
  • Freezers
  • etc.

For more information on these socket covers, or to arrange to have them installed at your workplace or home (without the need to turn off the power) visit our main socket covers page. 

If you’re concerned about the safety of your sockets we do free socket checks for clients when we do their electrical equipment testing.

2021-09-08T06:05:05+00:00Safety in offices|

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

Reasons why electric shock accidents involve portable appliances

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 appliance, and are plugged into it themselves.

12 Reasons why electric shock accidents involve portable appliances

A high proportion of electric shock accidents in the workplace involve portable appliances. Here are just a few reasons for this:

  1. Using inappropriate equipment for the job
  2. Using inappropriate equipment for the environment
  3. Overloading extension leads
  4. Adding to or ‘daisy chaining’ extension leads, potentially overloading them 
  5. Misuse of appliances, such as running cables under carpets and furniture, where the insulation can become damaged
  6. Using the flex to pull the plug out of the socket
  7. Trapping cables in doors and drawers
  8. Allowing incompetent people to carry out repairs
  9. Allowing poor repairs to take place, such as the use of insulation tape
  10. Allowing incompetent people to test equipment, such as cheapest bidding ‘sticker jockeys’
  11. Continuing to use defective equipment
  12. Failing to regularly inspect, test and or maintain electrical equipment. 

Reasons why electric shock accidents involve portable appliances

Portable equipment can be problematic, whether its in your kitchen, office or workshop, even your laptop and phone chargers present a risk. If you are not aware of the hazards and or you don’t implement measures to control them you may be exposing yourself, employees and other users to the risk of an electric shock. 

If you don’t take preventative measures to maintain safe electrical appliances you will find that before too long the appliance will deteriorate. 

A deteriorated appliance, not repaired, presents a real danger to human life. 

To ensure your equipment doesn’t become dangerous you need to implement a preventative maintenance programme including regular inspections and testing of your equipment. 

The aim is to test and repair appliances before they develop a fault, so regular checks should be carried out, appropriate to the risks associated with the appliance and its use. 

These regular inspections need to include repairs to defective appliances, or replacement of any that are beyond repair (or removal from use). 

Records should be kept of inspections, maintenance, tests and repairs to show that you’re taking appropriate measures and flag up any trends. 

The main electrical problem in any workplace is portable appliances; appliances are moved frequently and so easily damaged, easily tampered with and difficult to keep track of. 

Deciding how often to test your appliances can also be quite tricky as there are so many factors to consider; in fact this being such an arduous task is one of the main reasons why so many businesses get appliances tested annually. 

DRA PAT Testing provide portable appliance testing services across the North East of England; contact us today to discuss your needs or to get a quote. 

2021-10-11T12:11:26+00:00Safety tips|

Don’t forget about electricity – it can be a silent killer

Electricity is present in every workplace and every electrical appliance used in workplaces, all over the United Kingdom (and the world). Electricity is invisible, taken for granted and usually overlooked as a workplace hazard – mainly because we have all become so used to it being there; but also because the appliances we use protect us so well.

When your electrical appliances are working correctly, they are protecting you and you have nothing to worry about, but when they go wrong the risks are high. Electricity is a major workplace hazard – it can electrocute, burn, start fires and even cause explosions – electricity is a silent killer!

Assessing the risks from electricity is straight-forward, if you know what you’re doing. We assess the risks every day, when testing your appliances, and when determining suitable periods until they should next be tested. The hazards are well known, and obvious, the assessor has to consider who could be affected, and what situations could put someone in contact with faulty electrical equipment. Don’t forget – the effects of defective appliances can be lethal.

In order to prevent danger to users and your business, from defective electrical equipment, you should enlist the help of competent people, who can assess your electrical issues, implement an inspection and testing system, and help you maintain appliances to protect your users from danger.

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2020-04-26T18:47:14+00:00Safety notices|

How often should pat testing be done in an office?

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How often should pat testing be done in an office?

How often should pat testing be done in an office?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. Some publications even say longer, but many argue that that is too long. 

Risk assess to determine how often PAT testing should be done in an office

A risk assessment should clarify the need for PAT tests in offices, as it will show the risks that affect the equipment in use. 

However, the assessment of equipment use in an office is ‘low risk’. 

Office equipment such as computers, monitor screens, printers, photocopiers, etc. rarely move – in most cases they’ll be placed on a desk and never move until they are replaced – in fact the only time they come under any strain is when the PAT Tester comes along and pulls the cables through trunking, holes in desks etc to test the appliance! 

So equipment that never moves is low risk. Guidance tells us that such a low risk appliances only need a test every 4-5 years. However going that long between any checks is risky as something may happen in the mean time so it is recommended that a visual inspection is carried out every 2 years. With a visual inspection there is still disruption to you; the appliance still needs to be unplugged. If it’s going to be unplugged anyway, then it may as well be tested, but it doesn’t need to be tested at 2-years, although some do, as 2 yearly testing is still half the cost of annual tests. What we do, is recommend we meet in the middle of the two, and test all the appliances every 3-years. 

This is perfectly acceptable. We also still visit your site more frequently to test higher risk equipment such as laptop leads and hand-held appliances that are moved more frequently, so if you have any issues we can check them then. 

3 years is an acceptable interval; every 2 years is better; every year is best, but you don’t need to do every year, especially in a nice, clean, well maintained office. 

We will assess the risks in your office when we do your PAT Testing and recommend the best course of action to move forward with. 

If you want to change your PAT testing from annual contact us. 

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Need a PAT Test Certificate?

We can provide you with a PAT Testing Certificate Report after we have completed the inspections and testing of your electrical appliances, so to proceed you first need to book an appointment for the work to be carried out. 

Our PAT Testing Certificate Reports include all the information you need to show that you are trying to prevent electrical accidents from occurring, including electrical test results. 

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2021-09-22T08:28:24+00:00Safety in offices|

Do new electricals need PAT testing?

Do new electricals need PAT testing?

new electrical appliances - do new electricals need pat testing?

Does new electrical equipment need PAT Testing?

Do new electricals need PAT testing? If you are sure they came from a reputable supplier than they shouldn’t need PAT testing. 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 on your own policy. Perhaps consider a risk assessment to decide. 

It should be sufficient to do a user check to make sure no damage has occurred in transit. 

If you have an appliance register it may also be a good idea to record this new equipment on that register. A good PAT company should have provided you with an excel document that you can use for recording your assets on. If not, ask them for it. We actually don’t provide it as standard because not everyone wants it, but it is easily available if you do – just ask. 

If you’re unsure of the safety of the appliance, don’t know how well maintained it has been since being made, or if you’ve bought it from abroad or not directly from the manufacturer/licensed supplier then you may want to consider PAT Testing the appliance before use. 

If the appliance has been bought off the internet, or there is any doubt in your mind about where the new equipment has come from it should undergo formal PAT Testing. 

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Do you have to PAT test new appliances?

The HSE says “new equipment should be supplied in a safe condition and not require a formal portable appliance inspection or test. However a simple visual check is recommended to verify the item is not damaged“. 

This however does depend on your discretion; for extra safety it is recommended that you do PAT test the appliance, giving you peace of mind, particularly if the appliance is something that could be hazardous or dangerous like a power saw. 

You also need to consider what is meant by ‘new’. New should mean something that is brand new, recently shipped from the manufacturer, and not be something that has been bought from a charity shop, or brought into the business by a member of staff. 

Testing new appliances, that are new to the organisation mean the appliance can be added to your existing asset register. 

2021-09-03T18:02:06+00:00PAT Testing Info|
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