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  1. Is PAT Testing necessary for Workplace Microwave Ovens?

    When the IET included microwave leakage testing in its Third Edition Code of Practice for the Wiring Regulations in 2008 it was based on the premise that irradiation was the primary risk, whereas the main risk from a microwave oven is food poisoning caused by inadequate heating. Continue reading →
  2. New Technology to Solve Earth Continuity Issues

    There has been much debating over the years about the most appropriate test current to check the integrity of the protective earthing conductor on electrical appliances. Up until recently a higher test current of between 10A and 25A was most usual as it was thought that it was most likely to detect any damaged conductors. However, it has been reported...
  3. Focus on: Visual Inspection

    This week we’re looking at the visual inspection, not the user inspection but the Formal Visual Inspection carried out by PAT Technicians on appliances. A Formal Visual Inspection should only be performed by a competent person. This usually means someone who has undertaken training in PAT testing and gained a certificate of competence. When performing the Formal Visual Inspection, first...
  4. Let’s Talk Class

    One of the fist things new PAT Technicians learn is to identify the difference between Class I and Class II equipment. This is important as it helps to determine which electrical tests need to be carried out on appliances. Continue reading →
  5. The Lofsteadt Report Legacy

    The Lofstedt Report and the changes to PAT testing procedures which followed caused a little confusion when they were first announced. However, now these changes have been in place for a while, have they simply become a part of life or are people still finding them difficult to understand? Continue reading →
  6. Electrical Appliance ‘Grime Fires’ are a Serious Problem

    Electrical Safety First recently worked alongside the Government’s ‘Fire Kills’ campaign to raise awareness of fires in dirty, messy homes in the UK. Continue reading →
  7. ACI Adds Voice to Trading Standards Cuts

    The Approved Cables Initiative (ACI) has warned that more budget cuts to the Trading Standards Institute will allow an influx of dangerous and counterfeit electrical goods to enter the country. Continue reading →
  8. Why Electrical Safety First Rebranded with Charley Says

    At the end of March the Electrical Safety Council rebranded to Electrical Safety First. Although this is now fairly well known, what is unclear is why the charity felt this rebranding was necessary. Continue reading →
  9. UK Travel Adaptors Fail Safety Checks

    A recent study commissioned by Electrical Safety First revealed that some travel adaptors on the UK market have significant electrical safety hazards. Continue reading →
  10. Electrical Safety Funding for Darlington

    The Trading Standards Department from Darlington Borough Council has been awarded prestigious government funding to carry out a safety campaign on the region’s nightlights. Continue reading →
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