If you have bought a Hotpoint or Indesit washing machine since 2014 you may have one of the 20% or so of machines that are affected by a fault and are being recalled by the manufacturers, Whirlpool especially during Christmas time. Over half a million machines in Britain are affected.
Employers are required to ensure that all of the electrical equipment that employees use is safe and in good condition. This one comes under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 which simply tells you that you must ensure that the electrical equipment – basically anything that has a plug attached to it – is safe.
As one of the foremost PAT testing companies in the UK, at Hawkesworth Appliance Testing we always keep right up to date with the very latest rules and regulations.
At Hawkesworth Appliance Testing we have been carrying out PAT testing for over 25 years and have over 100 qualified engineers strategically placed throughout the UK. Under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, as an employer it is your responsibility to ensure that all of your electrical equipment is safe to use.
Electrical Safety First is a UK charity that is dedicated to reducing deaths and injuries caused by electrical accidents. It has produced a guide to portable and stationary appliance testing in private rented accommodation which is aimed at landlords and those acting for them such as managing agents.
As a UK business you have a responsibility to ensure that your premises are compliant with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. You are probably aware that this includes regular PAT testing, or portable appliance testing.
Hawkesworth Appliance Testing is one of the leading portable appliance testing companies in the UK with over 100 City & Guilds 2377 certified engineers covering the whole of the country. The law requires that you are compliant with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, and if you fail to test your appliances you could be putting your business, your employees, and yourself, at risk.
Hawkesworth Appliance Testing are proud to be entering our third year offering additional services throughout the UK. These services comprise of EICR Testing otherwise known as Fixed Wiring, Thermal Imaging, Fire Risk Assessments, Fire Alarm Testing and Emergency Lighting which have complemented our Portable Appliance Testing portfolio.
Apple customers using old plug adapters have been told to return them to the company after a number of electric shock incidents. The three-pronged AC wall plug adapters have been designed primarily for use in the UK, Singapore, and Hong Kong. Versions of these adapters, shipped from 2003 to 2010 with both Mac and iOS devices, have been breaking and creating a risk of electric shock.
We recently teamed up with BBC Watchdog to investigate high street stores and online marketplaces to find and put dangerous phone chargers to the test. Our results found that many of these retailers were selling substandard chargers that could potentially harm your phone and even lead to electric shocks.
Do you register your electrical appliances? If not, you could be living in a home where a disaster is hiding in plain sight just waiting to happen. The shocking truth is, an average of two thirds of Brits’ electrical products aren’t registered with the manufacturer. These include dishwashers, tumble dryers, fridges etc.
New measures designed to ensure mandatory electrical inspections are carried out by competent and qualified inspectors. ough new rules for electrical inspections in private rented accommodation, offering greater protection for tenants.
New figures reveal that Greater Manchester is a hot bed for electrical fires as residents are urged to register their electrical items to avoid a potentially catastrophic fire. Cookers, toasters and microwaves are among the appliances causing the most harm.