Portable Appliance Testing – Getting it right

Portable Appliance Testing – Getting it right

While the 5th Edition of the IET Code of Practice emphasises the need for risk assessment, partly to reduce unnecessary testing, it still requires that Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) be carried out by a competent person but what does that mean in real terms? The...
A Testing Challenge

A Testing Challenge

Earth loop measurements are essential in verifying the safety of electrical installations. However, the subject is plagued with misconceptions and misleading claims from test equipment manufacturers. Getting it right requires an understanding of the methods used and...
Our tools for Smart Metering

Our tools for Smart Metering

Smart meters are the fairly new generation of gas and electric meters, which will replace traditional meters in our homes. Smart meters take regular readings and share these wirelessly, through a secure network, with your energy supplier. Currently, there are over...
What is PAT testing and why does it matter?

What is PAT testing and why does it matter?

Designed to help raise the standards of electrical safety in the workplace, portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment that have been classified as “portable” to ensure that they are safe to...
PAT Testing Code of Practice

PAT Testing Code of Practice

PAT testing is an expected part of every employer’s safety environment. Visual inspection of electrical appliances, on its own, is not enough to determine the item you are working on is safe to use. Guidance encompasses all electrical equipment including portable and...
Safety and Compliance – Make it a Martindale

Safety and Compliance – Make it a Martindale

Selecting the right tool for the job when it comes to safe isolation is a critical stage in any electrical maintenance process but with a bewildering range on offer and so much at stake in terms of safety, how can you be sure that you have chosen the right tools for...

Stiffer penalties for Electricity at Work violations

• New stiffer penalties introduced Feb 2016 for non compliance • Emphasis changed such that fines apply to putting employees at risk, not just accidents • Imprisonment more likely for directors, managers, employees • Higher fines up to £10M for large companies who...
Create a Safe Isolation Process That’s Fail-Safe

Create a Safe Isolation Process That’s Fail-Safe

Proving dead effectively and safely is vital when it comes to safe isolation and the safeguarding of people and assets. By introducing a robust safe isolation procedure, compliance with the latest standards is assured, helping to reduce the number of...