All staff who work for or on behalf of FTS have been through a criminal records check, are highly competent and also qualified to carry out pat testing, emergency light testing and fire equipment maintenance …
Now why would I make this statement? Well, it explains to you that you are putting your business and staff in the hands of professionals who do know what is expected of them. The reason I say this is that recently a guidance notification was released by the Health and Safety Executive which explained that providing you are competent you can carry out PAT testing yourselves – a bit like DIY. Of course this was a little concerning to all within the PAT industry, after all there are a lot of people who end up in Accident and Emergency when carrying out DIY!
The concerns that we started to have included the fact that if equipment needs to be tested on a suggested guideline frequency of annually would the DIY’er be aware of the changes that have happened over the past twelve months? It’s highly unlikely that a DIY’er would be aware that the market is being flooded with counterfeit power leads. These leads although look perfect and have a British Standard kite mark on. They are extremely dangerous and only last week I found over 10 of these dangerous leads in use on business premises – the last one was supplied with a brand new laptop from Hewlett Packard. These leads not only have an Earth pin that has been manufactured incorrectly but they have also been fitted with dangerous fuses. Click here if you want to find out how to identify a counterfeit lead.
A classic situation of a DIY’er doing it themselves was highlighted to me last week. I contacted a customer to follow up on a quotation I had sent a few weeks ago, only to be told that he had borrowed a testing machine from the maintenance guy and done it himself. What happened next made me laugh. The customer then said “do you think that this will be ok?” Well what was going through my mind cannot be repeated but I said “as long as you have documented the test results you will be ok“.
His response was “what do you mean document the results?” Well has each piece of equipment been uniquely identified and a register entry added for each one? Of course “no” was the answer at which point I said “did you check each fuse is the correct rating for each piece of equipment?“. Again “”no” was the response.
At this point the said customer asked “do you think what I have done will be ok?” If he doubting his actions and asking me that question then honestly “no” would be my answer. However you have to ask yourself what is the risk to your business and your staff and then make the decision.
I wish I could say that the client decided that FTS Safety Solutions would be able to do a much better job and call us in but they didn’t so I only hope everything was safe for the business and staff and pray that their insurance didn’t need to be called upon!
Until next time …If you are looking for your equipment to be tested by qualified, experienced engineers then give us a call on 0330 6600264 or click here to ping me an email and we’ll be happy to carry out a site survey and supply a no obligation quotation.