Plugs without Sleeved Pins

Plug without sleeved pins sitting on a PAT tester

Plugs without Sleeved Pins

Plugs without sleeves on the pins – these plugs have not been manufactured in the UK for 40 years!

This makes the plug very old, and you have to ask yourself, does it still meet British Standards?

British Standards today require plugs to have sleeved pins; in the past they didn’t.

From a PAT test point of view there is no specific requirement to ‘fail’ this item but from a safety point of view, best practice would recommend it.

In 1984 the British Standard BS1363 was amended to include the live and neutral pins must have an insulated sleeve.

Almost 40 years later we are still finding these plugs on appliances.

Plugs sold in the UK have been covered by statutory regulation since 1987 which requires them, legally, to meet BS1363.

Although there is no official requirement to replace the plug, if the plug is on an appliance that is to be hired out, sold, or used in rental accommodation, it is covered by the Plugs and Sockets etc. (Safety) Regulations 1994 so the plug will need to be replaced to meet the current regulations.

The plug photographed was found in an antiques shop, where we were testing some lamps for resale, so we removed this plug and replaced it with a current BS1363 plug.