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A New Marriage Trading Standards and ESC

ESC and Trading Standards have been working together to continue to reduce the increasing number of fake electrical goods finding their way into the UK consumer market. Together the two have been working on a range of ventures to combat this growing problem. During the course of this campaign they have found that the vast […]

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The Evolving Face of PAT

There has been a lot of talk in the media lately about PAT testing and the frequency with which tests should be carried out. This talk has led some to say that the changing face of PAT procedure means that going into the industry is a bad idea and that new recommendations to test via […]

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HSE Information Pages for Offices

HSE have updated a section of their website to include information on office safety. Primarily for use by employers and employees in businesses, the site details information on health and safety issues in the workplace. However, we feel that the information in this section is so useful that it can be used by PAT technicians […]

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IET Code of Practice Update

The Code of Practice for PAT testing from the IET has been updated and is now in its fourth edition. The IET update their code publications to ensure that regulation guidelines are followed, to help businesses understand their obligations with regards PAT testing, and to help PAT testing engineers carry out PAT procedures effectively within […]

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Misused Appliances Causing Fires

Research by the electrical safety council has found that a rise in fires in the home is being caused by electrical appliances being misused and in fact, this misuse of appliances is the biggest cause of fires in the home in the UK. It seems that people are committing serious safety risks without realising the […]

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Garage Prosecuted after Putting Workers at Risk

A garage in Barking has been prosecuted because it allowed workers to use unsafe electrical equipment to carry out repairs on cars. The prosecution occurred after the garage owner was told to stop using a two-post vehicle hoist until repairs were made to exposed live cables and terminals. However, it was discovered four months later […]

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Professional PAT Testing Standards Association

Moves to create a professional standards group for PAT testing has come to fruition recently with the setting up of BAPAT, The British Association of Portable Appliance Testers. The idea came from a group of independent PAT companies and some individuals who wanted to create an agency that represents professional standards and good practice in […]

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Encouraging Safety, Dispelling Ignorance

We are sometimes asked about appliances which are owned by workers and whether employers need to ensure they are PAT tested prior to allowing them free use in the workplace. This is an interesting question and is one that many business owners find difficult to answer either way. They are unsure whether they themselves are […]

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NICEIC ‘Jobs for the Girls’ What do you Think?

The NICEIC campaign ‘Jobs for the Girls’ was launched to encourage more women into the electrical industry and to remove the stereotype that it is a ‘man’s job’. Electrical careers have long been dominated by men and are often still thought to be a solely male profession. However, research has revealed that many women living […]

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Ten Safe Things to Tell Your Clients

As it’s the Electrical Fire Safety Week this week, we’re looking at ten things you can tell your clients and future clients to encourage them to stay safe whilst using electrical appliances.

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