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 present we adhere to the Institute of Engineering and Technology Code of Practice 4th edition, which is the current edition, but the IET is bringing out a 5th edition which is due for release in 2020 and we will be adopting those standards immediately upon release.
When we carry out PAT testing, we only use the very best PAT testing equipment which is that made by Seaward. These will detect potential safety problems with any item of electrical equipment before they actually occur, so if your equipment passes the test you will know that it is safe to use.
It is astounding just how many faulty pieces of electrical equipment are to be found in UK homes and businesses. For example, Whirlpool, who make tumble dryers, have started to recall faulty units which are at risk of catching fire. They began the recall on July 22nd and by mid-September had located 65,000 of the faulty machines. However, the company’s directors say that there could be as many as 800,000 faulty machines in total. These dryers are sold under the Credo, Swan, Hotpoint, Proline, and Indesit brands and the problem is that they let excess fluff gather on the machine’s heating elements which can cause a fire.
Another issue is that of fixed electrical wiring. Although it is possible to buy an electrical safety tester which plugs into a socket and determines whether or not it is safe, it is important to note that, according to the HSE, many types of socket testers are unable to detect certain faults and could, therefore, indicate that a socket is safe when it actually is not. Accordingly, the HSE recommends that in order to be certain that the wiring and sockets are safe they should be inspected by a person who has the competence to do so, such as our engineers at Hawkesworth.
We have over 100 fully qualified and accredited engineers by NICEIC and the ECA, along with several other membership schemes. Wherever you are in the UK, we have a local engineer for you and if you wish he can carry out your PAT testing and EICR report out of your working hours so that there is no disruption to your business.