The past two weeks has seen the team from FTS Safety Solutions working in some very strange places indeed! From food testing laboratories in Staffordshire to a manufacturing plant in Cambridge. We’re on more familiar ground in the next few weeks …
PAT Testing In Some Very Strange Places
Offices, schools, nurseries and restaurants are all in the diary and we will even be working with some bands and DJ’s. It wouldn’t be the first time I have had to go to a venue and test the band equipment as they are setting up.
That became very apparent working in Cambridge last week. The longer I was on site, the more apparent that there was a problem with the previous years PAT testing. My first concern came when I was asked if I needed the computers turned off by a manager to which my response was an emphatic yes! My eyes widened when they explained that the company last year didn’t turn off the computers at all and only tested the printers! However, there is always one thing that upsets me and that’s going to a new client and finding out that the company who carried out the previous year’s testing did not do the job correctly, or even safely!
Luckily for me, I had been handed a copy of the previous year’s test results, which on careful inspection, highlighted to me that there was some issues with the way the site had been tested. I mean there was no way that one engineer could have tested the whole site in 2 days which is what the results indicated. Even more scary was the number of pieces of equipment that were failed in the first few hours.
One item passed last year, had been put in the back the cupboard, so I checked with the area supervisor if it needed to be checked again. Although the answer was yes, he doubted if it had been used since it was PAT tested last year.
Now even though it had been passed, on opening the plug, I was a little concerned with the sight before me. Firstly there was no fuse fitted which, I suppose, could have been removed since the last test. But the second issue was the earth wire was not connected to the earth pin! Personally, I don’t think this had been checked properly and, although passed, was in a dangerous condition.
I enjoyed visiting one of the local second hand furniture warehouses recently and we found a really nice illuminated corner unit that was so similar to one that was damaged in the flood. There was, of course, a problem with it. They could not sell it as it was not PAT tested!On a positive note, this weekend has seen the carpets being fitted at FTS Headquarters after four months of dehumidifiers, floor fans and decorators; all since a very frustrating water leak.
I explained that if they reduced the price, I would take it even though it was not tested as I could do it myself. I even suggested that they cut the plug off! Well I got the unit home, fitted a new plug with the correctly rated fuse then carried out a PAT test. It passed!
Until next time …If you’re looking for a professional PAT testing company who don’t leave your employees in danger by skimping on the testing, then do call me on 0330 6600264 or click here to ping over an email and let’s talk about getting your office PAT tested soon.