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Is your workplace safe? Office workers meeting pat testing
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Is your workplace safe?

Is your work environment safe? What is a safe working environment? If you look at Maslow’s hierarchy of needs safety is second of the first two basic needs – and covered under safety is: environment safety, access to employment and the basic fundamentals that make life liveable. This basic requirement

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Cable Management and Testing - Before and after cable management
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Cable Management and Testing

Have you ever looked at your office as a customer entering? did you think those cables on show don’t provide the professional look that represents your business?  If this is something you have noticed in your office/workshop and you don’t know what to do, what options there are, don’t want

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Keep PAT testing costs down - PAT Tested wires
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Keeping PAT Testing costs down

How can I ensure my PAT testing is not too expensive? There are a few ways that we will look at: Have a look at what items you keep for spares or for just in case… It is surprising how many IEC leads (Kettle leads) are kept for spares –

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Are your cables up to UK standard - Non-UK cable
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Are Your Cables Up To UK Standards?

Plugs/cables not to current (or UK) standards This is where the saying ‘you get what you pay for’ rings very true… We have seen a large number of IEC leads (kettle leads) that have the earth pin sheathed, which prevents the lead taking any fault from an item through to

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Class 1 lead
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Are you using the correct plug adapter?

Plug adapter to work with UK sockets With companies becoming ever more global with their products, services and employees, there is now more equipment in the workplace that needs to operate with differing countries socket types. To get around this you can buy a plug adapter to use in UK

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Overloaded socket
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Overloaded sockets

Overloaded circuit   Just think for a moment, have you ever seen anyone at work using a heater in the winter (everyone likes warmth)? Most of these heaters are near to, or at, 3kw output and a standard UK socket should not have anything plugged in that draws more than

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PAT Testing fails - Dog eating cable
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PAT Testing Fails – My Dog Ate My Cable!

Dog (or other animal) chewed the cable You have all heard (and some may even have used!! – not me of course!!) ‘The dog ate my homework… But dogs (and other animals) seem to like plastic coated cables especially when they are carrying 240v. Unfortunately this does happen and seems

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Split Cable
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PAT fail – Split in cable

This is far more common that you might think as we see splits in cables very regularly. The most common industry types for this fault is the construction industry, as they are used near heavy, moving, spinning equipment and are much more susceptible to damage. However offices are more prone

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daisy chained leads
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Daisy chained extension leads

Have you ever heard of daisy chained extension leads? Daisy chained extension leads (extension running from another extension) is something we see very frequently and can easily lead to overloaded circuits. Daisy chaining is normally found when a new desk is needed, the company is growing and needs to get

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