More often than not, the mere mention of a Health and Safety inspection puts fear into the eyes of the business owner or duty holder. But PAT Testing is a very important business need. After all, what happens if someone gets hurt, or worse, killed?
PAT Testing Why It’s So Important
If there was a serious accident, there’s nothing stopping the business owner from spending a period of time in a prison cell or being faced with a hefty fine. So that’s where FTS Safety Solutions comes in to help you.
We’re able to service your fire extinguishers, carry out electrical installation inspections and even provide specialists to carry out fire risk assessments. We are professionals in Portable Appliance Testing (PAT), even having a specialist knowledge of the entertainment industry after working in it for over 25 years.
Yes, PAT Testing may just be an added expense, but it is the only sure way in which you, as a business owner, can be assured that your electrical equipment is deemed safe to use, while meeting the requirements of the Health and Safety at Work Act.
I thought that it would be best to highlight some of the things that we find on a daily basis. Most common are badly wired plugs and if you are not sure how to do it then check out our blog post on how to wire a plug.
But be careful! If you employ an electrician, some may not be capable of doing that job properly, this picture below shows how a ‘professional’ electrician wired a plug:
Overheated plugs and extension leads are another common problem we find. In most cases using a fan heater can overload an extension lead resulting in a burnt plug as shown in the example below:
Finally if an appliance blows its fuse, there is usually a reason for it. Check to see what may have caused the failure before replacing the fuse and please do not use a bolt as in this one:
Over the years, there has been an increase in the number of counterfeit leads and chargers flooding the market from various Internet resellers. Just a word of warning: because it is cheap, it in not necessarily safe to use! Also remember, when you use a phone charger, please turn it off when not in use it may overheat and catch fire.
A professional PAT tester will be aware of the hidden dangers from leads and plugs and also items highlighted on the product recall sites. Our experience and knowledge would be worth millions if we could only bottle it.
“Just because it is cheap it may not necessarily be the safest option. That goes for employing both an electrician and a PAT Tester!”
As one of my clients said recently “the price they say is the value you get“. Remember a Professional PAT Tester will always open a plug to check that it is wired correctly!
Until next time …If you’d like to talk about PAT Testing for your business, or any health and safety issues from fire extinguishers to electrical installation inspections, do call me on 0330 6600264 and as you’ll agree that it’s better to be safe than sorry!