Have you ever considered the consequences of an office move? Will the move go to plan? Will you actually be able to work on Monday morning? More importantly, will the kettle work and did someone remember the milk?
Why It Is Important To PAT Test After An Office Move
On a more serious note, an office move can have other hidden dangers, especially when it comes to your electrical equipment. We were recently contacted by a company requesting us to carry out their Portable Appliance Testing. They were insisting that the tests be carried out as quickly as possible.
So when we asked “how soon do you needed the equipment tested?” they informed us that they wanted it done within the next 48 hours! Now, at first, we thought the urgency was due to a recent fire risk assessment, however we were so far from the reason!
“They were starting to pack up the office in readiness for a move to new premises!”
It was at this point we discussed some of the issues that could come about with completing the testing before the move. Although they would receive a full inventory of appliances including a breakdown of their location and the relevant test results, the report would be totally irrelevant once they moved.
One thing that we did stress to the client was that during the move, some of their equipment may get damaged and therefore put staff at risk of electrical shock when powered on again in the new office.
With the best will in the world I doubt if many staff, on arriving at the new office, would actually carry out a visual inspection to check that their computer, their monitor or any other piece of equipment has not been dropped or damaged. How would you even know that an appliance has been dropped if you paying for someone to move your office?
Another issue with completing the testing before the move would be that we wouldn’t be able to highlight any issues with cabling that may exist in the new offices. It is not the first time we have found extension leads being overloaded or where two extensions are connected together known as daisy chaining.
I do wonder how many people realise that the use of extension leads should only be a temporary measure, they are not really a long term solution, it would be better to have a qualified electrician fit additional sockets. Another issue that we do come across in recently moved offices is with cables being incorrectly placed in electrical floor boxes. Cables are not placed in the cable cut outs correctly and the cable is getting squashed or damaged.
Having explained these potential issues with the client it was decided that the testing would be completed after the office move. In this instance we did find a few minor issues with the way in which the new office equipment had been set up, but it was nothing that a little bit of cable management could not solve.
“Do you have an office move coming up soon?”
You should seriously consider having the PAT testing done immediately after the move and you’ll confidently know that everything is working, installed correctly and is safe to use by your team.
Call FTS Safety Solutions on 0330 660 0264 or click here to send an email and we’ll be in touch. After all, isn’t it better to be safe than sorry?
Until next time …