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Have all your portable appliances been PAT Tested?

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Plug and Socket Testing, PAT testingDid you know equipment used in mobile situations such as the equipment carried in Engineers vans, also needs to be PAT tested?

Generally all electrical equipment in the workplace is regularly tested to ensure it is safe for all employees and site visitors, and complies with current Health and Safety regulations. This is not the case however, with mobile electrical equipment which is often overlooked by business owners.

In essence all electrical equipment which is used outside of the office requires PAT testing. The overall responsibility to ensure this is done falls on the business owner.

“An employer has a duty for ‘the provision and maintenance of plant and systems of work that are, so far as is reasonably practicable, safe and without risks to health‘.”

So if you visit your customers and require electrical appliances such as mobile hairdressers, gardeners, locksmiths, handymen, DJs or self-employed builders etc., the best way to stay safe and comply with legislation is to have your equipment PAT tested by a professional. If the worst case scenario does happen you will be able to demonstrate you were diligent in providing every possible step to ensure the safety of your workforce and clients – and you will have the PAT test certificates and reports to show this.

Insurance companies frequently require PAT testing certificates, which can depend on the environment and the usage.

For further advice and to book your appointment please contact us on 0345 121 5665

Valuable discounts until end of September.

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PAT tests, portable appliance testingDuring the holiday period, we are delighted to announce discounted prices for PAT testing until 3oth September.

It’s an ideal time to have your business checked over, when there are more staff away on holiday, as this can minimise disruption.

Also particularly good for schools and colleges in the coming weeks prior to the new school start in September.

So why not get a quote today. See our discounted prices and get a free guide to PAT testing issues today. Click here now.

PAT testing is not just a box ticking exercise

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PAT testing ManchesterIn these busy, highly pressurised times business owners have multiple obligations to fulfil with regard to business administration and legal obligations. These obligations cannot be ignored in order to devote more time to satisfy business commitments.

One key responsibility is to ensure that they and their staff are kept safe. This is a priority. PAT testing is a vital component of keeping business owners, staff and customers safe from electrical perils 24/7. It is not just a box ticking exercise.

As PAT testing experts, we make it simple and cost effective for all types of businesses to comply with Health and Safety regulations for electrical safety compliance, appliance testing and certification. We offer a service which keeps employees and customers safe while impacting on businesses as little as possible. If PAT Testing is planned correctly, there will be minimal disruption to your business’s daily activities, we work around you to deliver a service which satisfies your requirements.

We work with small, medium and large enterprises testing as few as 15 items up to many thousands.

So contact the experts and we can take care of all your electrical workplace safety to the highest standards.

PAT testing – Why use us?

  • We use the latest pat testing technology, out of hours if required
  • Different coloured pass labels to identify next tests
  • Reliable, no fuss service
  • Highly competitive prices
  • All kit is regularly inspected to ensure accurate test results.
  • Certification given on completion for records and insurance purposes
  • City & Guilds Qualified PAT Testers who are NICEIC approved on the PAT Testing scheme
  • All engineers are also DBS checked.
  • Tailor made testing programmes are available to meet individual company needs.
  • Excellent pre and post customer service team; handling all your queries, providing helpful advice and access to engineers for technical information.

250 Rio specialise in offering you the very best portable appliance testing services. Gain peace of mind and contact us today

For more information regarding the legal requirements please see here

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How many appliances can your sockets handle safely?

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One of the most common source of electrical fires is the inappropriate use of sockets and gang plugs.

Users simply place too much power through sockets and leads that are not designed to take this level of electricity ampage, which leads to overheating and in extreme cases can cause catastrophic electrical fires.

It is vitally important that you follow some simple rules to prevent problems.

  • Check the current rating of the extension lead before plugging appliances into it. Most are rated at 13 A, but some are rated at only 10 A or less – the rating should be clearly marked on the back or underside of the extension lead. If not, refer to the manufacturer’s instructions
  • Never overload an extension lead by plugging in appliances that together will exceed the maximum current rating stated for the extension lead. This could cause the plug in the wall socket to overheat and possibly cause a fire.
  • Only use one socket extension lead per socket and never plug an extension lead into another extension lead
  • Use a multi-way bar extension lead rather than a block adaptor, as this will put less strain on the wall socket. Some block adaptors do not have a fuse, which increases the risk of overloading and fire.

Electrical Safety First – a safety charity provide detailed advice on this and have a handy ‘socket calculator’ so that you can check whether you are at risk. You can view this here.

Electricity is dangerous if not treated with respect. Make sure you don’t fall victim.

For office PAT testing services, why not contact us today.


Laptop overheating causes house fire

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A recent fire caused by an overheated laptop in Hampshire demonstrates the very real danger of electrical goods being mis-used in the home and the office.

In this instance the laptop had been left on charge overnight and it set fire to paper and a placemat and damaged a coffee table. Luckily the smoke alarms in the house were activated and alerted the family who were able to escape without further harm.

In this case the laptop had overheated having been left on to charge overnight and was clealry faulty. Other cases include situations where they are left perhaps on a bed and the ventilation becomes blocked and the appliance overheats.

We would suggest a few important safety tips for home and office to prevent a similar event befalling you.

  • When charging electrical items, keep them away from combustible materials, and don’t leave them on charge and unattended.
  • Carry out a visual check in your home to ensure your safety and reduce the risk of electrical fires.
  • Don’t store combustible materials close to the electrical intake equipment
  • An extension lead or adaptor has a limit to how many amps it can take, so do not to overload them. Keep to one plug per socket.
  • Check that your electrical products have not been recalled. In the last six years, more than 250 recall notices have been issued for electrical products, mostly due to a risk of electric shock or fire but  most recalls only achieving around 10 to 20 per cent success
  • Avoid buying counterfeit or substandard goods. They can contain incorrect or faulty parts that overheat risking fire or serious shock.
  • Keep electrical appliances clean and in good working order.
  • Regularly check for worn cables and wires. Check the cable is fastened securely to the plug and check the socket for scorch marks.
  • Switch off appliances at the socket when not in use and when you go out or go to bed, unless they are designed to be left on, like freezers.
  • Be aware of what you are charging, where it is and how long it has been on charge.
  • Don’t use chargers on surfaces such as bedding and carpets.
  • Buy your chargers from a reputable source.

We would be happy to provide advice on the correct PAT testing of appliances especially in an office environment to ensure you keep your employees safe.

Beware sub-standard laptop chargers

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On a recent PAT testing mission in the North East of the country, we came across a local news story which confirmed something we continue to have to ward against – the increase in dangerous imported chargers for laptops and other portable equipment.

The chargers in this case had been brought into Lowestoft and were being distributed locally – unfortunately they breached safety regulations because there was inadequate insulation between the circuit and its casing, plus its three pin plug casing was not of sufficient size – both increasing the risk of electric shock.

The article in the News Guardian can be read here and contains useful and important advice on how to look for inappropriate equipment.

If you require further advice or have any concerns about existing equipment then please do not hesitate to contact us.

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What does a PAT tester do all day?

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The world of the PAT tester is varied with no two days completely alike.

We thought you might be interested in a day in the life of a PAT tester so we’ve put together a short diary to explain what is involved and how we go about our work. How we work with our clients, how we minimimise the disruption to their working day and what we look for in testing and what we provide on completion.

See “A day in the life of a PAT tester” here.

Which kneepads?

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I would say this is a very important buy for most people in my line of work because if we don’t take care of ourselves then we could be in lots of pain towards the end of our careers.

There can be plenty of problems long term with bone fractures, rheumatic diseases, all forms of tendinitis, osteoarthritis, meniscus tears and ligament injuries. I am sure there are much more but these are more of the common types of knee injury.

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