The Christmas and New Year celebrations have past and it’s time to look forward to 2019. FTS Safety Solutions Ltd are expanding and new office premises are just around the corner. More on this in the next few weeks.
Leading up to Christmas we were extremely busy with our core business – PAT Testing. Although PAT Testing is not a legal requirement, it is the only way a business can meet the Health and Safety at Work Act and maintain a safe environment for staff and visitors to the premises. When people work with electrical appliances such as laptops, the regulations state that the appliance must be safe, to prevent harm. There are many different types of electrical equipment that require testing at regular intervals to ensure continuous safety; this interval between tests depends on both the type of appliance, how often it is used and the environment it is used in.
New Year But Somethings Never Change
There is one thing that really does disappointment the team and I, and that is electrical items that we have previously deemed unsafe, marked with a large red “DO NOT USE” label and reported to the responsible person only to find on the next visit the label has been removed and the appliance is back in operation.
In one instance we were at a property where we previously failed 6 separate items, for different issues: broken casings which give access to the live internal parts and loose parts again giving access to internal parts. Two of the items we failed were dangerous as the casing was broken and parts missing leaving large holes which allowed users to touch the internal electrical components. Now, I’m sure no one would be silly enough to do that, but using the appliance could mean a user will receive an electric shock.
Please, please, if you go to the expense of organising a PAT Test and items are marked as unsafe, please don’t then disregard the warning and place the appliance back into daily use – you really don’t want to see the consequences!
Until Next time… stay safe!