With the coming of the new financial year how many of us have spent a lot of time working on the budgets and/or the business plan for the next financial year? Well I have and in addition I have also tried to find ways that will enable me to secure new clients who need PAT Testing and in addition any Fixed Wire testing or Fire Extinguisher Maintenance …
One of the reasons for this is that over the past few months there has been a number of changes within our industry and as a result we have seen the introduction of a new mnemonic to replace ISITEE – In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment. This is REEMIT or “Routine Electrical Equipment Maintenance Inspection and Test” and it is the new way of thinking in the application and management of electrical equipment safety in the work place.
Whilst working at a client’s property recently, I came across the reason why both types of inspections should be completed in line with the current guidelines – and yes, in one instance it did make my hair curl. I was just about to start testing the appliances in a kitchen, starting with the most important piece of office equipment – the kettle – when I unplugged the appliance to attach to my tester, there was a loud bang and in my mind a number of expletives. I had just received an electric shock from unplugging the kettle. After a few minutes of doing the “No Dad Please Don’t Dance Routine” I was able to compose myself to investigate what had happened. It turned out that the twin socket was not connected to the Earth circuit of the building and the shock went to earth through me – OUCH! Or words to that effect. The appliance was tested and passed but the circuit was dangerous. The client was very apologetic and I even had to fill in the accident report book (I hope you all have one of those too!) . It took a few hours before the tingling in my fingers went away I’ll tell you, but of course it could have been far worse for me.Some of the things that I have seen over the past 10 years of carrying out inspections would literally make your hair curl. FTS Safety Solutions specialise not only in carrying out routine inspection of the electrical equipment but we are able to undertake inspections for the building circuits sometimes called Fixed Wire Testing or the Electrical Installation Condition Survey.So many businesses look upon Electrical Safety as just another expense to the business but by having a regular electrical inspection either for the circuits or the appliances (preferably both) ensures that you, your staff and your business remains safe whilst meeting current regulations.
So please do not take your circuits for granted. In a business premises you should have a condition survey carried out every five years – they hadn’t had theirs done for over six. They were also shocked that I had found in excess of 30 wrong rated fuses in appliances, and of course “My Pet Hate”, numerous cardboard wiring diagrams left on the plugs of appliances. To make matters worse my client had been tested in the past by another PAT Testing company who appeared to do the right thing but obviously didn’t as I would not have found so many fire risks.
So remember! If you want a reliable testing company contact us on 0330 6600264 to obtain a competitive quotation from a registered member of the Association for Professional Appliance Testing. We’d love to help you.
Until next time …