Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - 08:32
Working from Home? Hawkesworth can help!

It is the case that a proportion of people are currently working from home.  It is imperative to ensure your work station is SAFE and that you are not putting yourself at risk.  Electrical Safety First has recently found

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 09:08
Whirlpool could face criminal prosecution over Washing Machine fires

Whirlpool could face a criminal prosecution over washine machine blazes that led to a mass recall.  The Company faces claims of putting lives and property at risk by delaying a warning to Britsh customers about their fire risk.  A Freedom of Information request to the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS) asked for any correspondence between the Government regulator and Whirlpool about

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 13:03
EICR for Rental Properties and HMO’s - From 1st July 2020, the rules will be changing in England
If you are renting out a property in England, any tenancy you create or renew on or after July 1st 2020 will require an electrical inspection condition report (EICR) and will need to be completed by a qualified person.
Tuesday, February 18, 2020 - 06:04
Do You Need A Fire Alarm Installation For Your Business?

Having a fire alarm installed is a legal requirement for premises that require them, but many employers are not certain whether they should have one installed or not.

The fact is that you probably do not need a fire alarm if all of the following statements are true:

Friday, January 10, 2020 - 09:47
Over Half A Million Washing Machines Affected By Dangerous Fault

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.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 - 12:30
Facilities and Electrical Companies - Hawkesworth can help!

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.  

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 11:48
Hawkesworth – Always Up To Date With The Latest Rules And Equipment

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.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 14:00
Everything You Need To Know About PAT Testing

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.

Tuesday, September 3, 2019 - 10:43
A Guide To The Inspection And Testing Of Electrical Appliances

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. 

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 12:31
The Need For An EICR, Or Fixed Wire Testing, In Your Business

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.

Friday, July 5, 2019 - 13:49
Some Of The Electrical Testing We Conduct At Hawkesworth

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. 

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 11:45
Hawkesworth - Additional Services Assists Growth

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.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 11:50
Apple recalls UK plug adapters over electric shock risk

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.

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 14:40
Beware Of Dodgy Phone Chargers – Watchdog Investigation c/o Electrical Safety First

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.

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 10:00
Is There A Silent Killer Lurking In Your Home?

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.

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 11:00
Housing Minister tightens up rules on electrical safety to better protect renters

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.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 13:11
Electrical appliances causing more than two fires a day in Manchester

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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 - 16:12
Unidentifiable appliances causing thousands of household fires a year
Manufacturers of unsafe appliances are increasingly unlikely to be identified and held accountable if their products cause household fires, new fire statistics reveal.
Friday, July 20, 2018 - 16:15
Faulty Appliances ’cause 60 Fires a week’
Faulty household appliances – primarily washing machines and tumble dryers – account for 60 house fires a week in the UK, consumer group Which? has said.
Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - 16:17
Conline: 18 million Brits fall victim to counterfeit electrical goods online
Some of the most popular e-commerce sites are being misused by ruthless sellers as a platform to exploit online shoppers, exposing them to thousands of substandard, counterfeit and suspected recalled electrical goods.
Friday, May 25, 2018 - 16:19
MP backs safety campaign in wake of Grenfell Tower fire
A NORTH-East MP is backing a campaign pressing for changes in the law on electrical testing, launched in the lead-up to the first anniversary of the Grenfell Tower fire.
Sunday, April 22, 2018 - 16:21
Why are we still waiting for protection against dangerous products as millions sit in homes around the UK?
Despite millions of Brits being at risk from dangerous and potentially deadly appliances, there is little protection. 
Saturday, March 17, 2018 - 15:51
Why product registration’s so important
After you’ve taken it out of the box, checked all the parts are present and correct, and made sure it’s in proper working order, you’ll of course be keen to start using your latest gadget or appliance. But it’s vital that you also remember to register any new electrical item that you purchase.
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 - 16:28
Hawkesworth expands to offer Fixed Wire Testing
Businesses that currently have Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) performed by Hawkesworth Ltd can now save money by taking advantage of the our fixed wire testing service, if commissioned at the same time as their PAT requirements.