Whirlpool Product Recall

Manufacturer Whirlpool has estimated that there are still at least 1 million faulty appliances still being used in homes throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

The faulty appliances are tumble dryers sold under brand names such as Indesit, Creda and Hotpoint.

It is these products that have been responsible for a number of house fires throughout the UK since 2012 and sadly have also caused a number of deaths and and a great number of people to lose their homes.

One method of checking if your electrical white goods are safe is to check if they are on the product recall list online. The link for Whirpool tumble dryers is below:

https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/product-recalls/brands/whirlpool/

Alternatively you can free phone 0800 151 0905.

EMERGENCY PAT TESTING

Here at Redlander PAT Testing Ltd, we often get phone calls to say our PAT testing certificate has ran out and we need it doing as soon as possible can you help? The answer is yes! 

This might be because a business will go to renew their insurance or accreditation schemes such as CHAS and SafeContractor, only to find they have forgot to renew their PAT test certificate.

As a customer of Redlander PAT Testing you do not have to worry about forgetting to renew your PAT test certificate as we will get in touch with you a month before it is due to run out. This is to arrange a time and date to attend site and PAT test your items well in advance before your certificate expires.

Our engineers can work hours day or night to suit your business needs.

Another reason you may call us in an emergency is because a piece of electrical equipment has been found to have burn marks around the plug socket or on the appliance itself. The picture posted with this article is one that was took at an office just a few weeks ago. The three socket extension was underneath a desk and had been for years, and was only noticed because somebody had moved their desk.

PAT testing all electrical appliances at your business can be used as a preventative control measure for your fire risk assessment, and one of the first things an insurance investigator will look for should an incident occur at your business.

If you have any questions on PAT Testing, please read the other articles posted on this site or alternatively give us a call on 07711037245. We are happy to help you in any way we can.

ARE YOU A DJ?

Here at Redlander PAT Testing Ltd we get at least 5 enquiries a week to see if we test DJ equipment, usually in an emergency because the DJ has been informed by the hotel or premises where they are due to set up, won’t let them set up their equipment inside without an in date PAT test certificate.

Redlander PAT Testing Ltd engineers are highly experienced for testing DJ equipment as well as bands, choirs and stage performers.

Redlander PAT Testing Ltd charges £70 for a call out. This covers you for the first 50 items and also includes your equipment register, results and PAT test certificate. So don’t leave it to the last minute, give us a call on 07711037245. Our engineers can attend day or night and also at weekends.

A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A BIRMINGHAM PAT TESTER

I received an email mid January from a young woman at an insurance company based in Birmingham city centre. She was looking for a price quote to test around 150 items and my availability to carry it out.

I gave her a quote and also told her my availability, informing her that I am able to work outside office hours if necessary so as to cause less disruption to the office and their work.

It was agreed that I would attend site outside of office hours at 4PM.

It was the day before I was due to attend site, I was going through my normal pre-job routine checking the internet for any possible product recalls, going through my tool box to ensure everything was in place for the job the next day. Things like have I got enough pass labels, pens, adaptors. Is my PAT testing machine fully charged. Then I noticed my machine a Memory PAT Blu had a fault. Disaster!

The Bluetooth on the machine had malfunctioned and was permanently on. I rang Pass Ltd where I had bought the machine from. They told me it needed to come in for a repair. I was panicking as I had the job to do the next day but no machine. Pass Ltd very kindly offered me a replacement PAT testing machine free of charge, delivered it at 13:00 the next day via courier. This gave me a couple of hours to test the machine and work out how to use the software it came with etc.

It all worked fine so I checked the traffic status on Google Maps and set off for the job. The office had very kindly reserved me a parking space at the site so I parked there, but I was still too early so I decided to have a quick cuppa at Coffee#1 nearby which is situated just a stone throw away from the BT Tower on Lionel Street.

On arrival, I signed the visitor book and was shown around the office. Whilst walking around I am looking for a number of things such as what electrical equipment there is, how easy is it to access, are the wires tangled up like a snakes wedding. As a fully qualified health and safety expert I am also checking how safe the environment is, the condition of the equipment and the manner in which it is used. Are there lots of overloaded extension sockets etc.

I then asked about their workload and if there is a particular area they would like me to start first or leave until last. There wasn’t and so I had free reign to start where I liked. I decided to start in the conference room and work my way around the site in a clockwise fashion.

I tested over three hundred items, this took me about 5 hours to do. This is slower than it usually takes me to do that amount of items, but there was over 100 computers each had at least two monitors and I like to leave the customers desk how I find it as well as make all cables and leads nice and tidy.

The next day I sent the customer the invoice. Once payment was received I then sent the equipment register, test results and PAT test certificate along with advice on what to do with failed equipment and anything else I may have noticed such as overloaded sockets or extensions feeding other extensions.

PAT Testing does take me to some weird and wonderful places, and no job is the same. This is why I love my job so much.

Does the electrical appliances at your business need PAT testing? Give Redlander PAT Testing Ltd a call on 07711037245 or visit the website www.redlanderpattesting.co.uk for a free consultation and quote.

PAT TESTING FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Portable Appliance Testing is the examination and testing of electrical appliances and test equipment to ensure that they are safe to use. The process involves a visual inspection followed by a thorough test using a calibrated portable appliance testing machine by a competent person.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the best way to to show that you are complying with Health & Safety regulations including Management of Health & Safety Regulations 1992 and Working With Electricity Regulations 1999.

All employer’s that employ 5 or more people are required by law to carry out a risk assessment on all the hazards in their workplace, and detail the control measures to reduce the risk. Getting your business PAT tested is a control measure you can add to your fire risk assessment to show your electrical equipment has been professionally maintained, checked and tested.

Most insurance companies now require all business owners to have an in date PAT test certificate, as do accreditation companies such as CHAS, Achilles and SafeContractor. Business’s that are ISO registered should also have a valid PAT test certificate. Getting the electrical items PAT tested in your business should also significantly reduce your business insurance premiums.

This is down to the duty holder to decide in conjunction with their risk assesment. This varies depending on a number of things such as the frequency of use of the equipment and the environment in which it is being used.

For example, it is recommended that electrical tools used on a construction site are tested every three months, because they tend to be used frequently and operated outside in various weather conditions, whereas electrical equipment used infrequently and in warm dry conditions tends are recommended to be tested every 1-2 years.

Anybody can carry out PAT testing as long as they are competent to do so. Competent meaning having the ability, experience, knowledge, training, skill and resources to carry out the testing. All engineers at Redlander PAT Testing Ltd are highly trained and experienced as well as City & Guilds Level 3 2377 certified.

To put it simply, you do not need to keep records by law. However, keeping records is a proactive way of proving you are health and safety compliant. Once PAT testing is carried out at your business, Redlander PAT Testing Ltd will supply you with an equipment register, the results of the test’s carried out and a PAT test certificate. Our engineers will put a pass or fail label on each of your appliances and we will also advise you on best practices for keeping your electrical equipment safe.

Aldi Product Recall

PRODUCT RECALL

ALDI PRODUCT RECALL?

The Ambriano Mini Fryer sold at Aldi stores hass been recalled due to a potential electrical fault.

Customers who have bought this product are advised to not use it and to return it to your local Aldi store where you will get a full refund.

Further information can be obtained from the link below:

https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/whats-on/shopping/ikea-aldi-lidl-primark-recall-14429207

Wilko Euro To UK 2 Pin Converter

It is very important to make sure that when you buy electrical items of any nature, they have the “CE” mark on them or the packaging. This is the declaration that the product satisfies the requirements of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994.

Wilko have recently executed a product recall for their Euro to UK 2 pin converter, Item Code 03430736 because some of the components within the converter have failed to meet the above safety standards. More details can be found using the following link:

http://corporate.wilko.com/_pdfs/recall/0011933.pdf

There is usually at least one of these in every UK home, ready to be used for holidays or travel. Redlander PAT Testing Ltd urges you to check the quality of your products, always buy from a reputable company and do not buy cheap imitation products.

PAT Testing For Landlords

PAT Testing For Landlords

Landlords & PAT Testing

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the best way to to show that you are complying with Health & Safety regulations including The Housing Act 2004 and The Electrical Equipment (Safety) 1994.

If you rent out a property such as a house, flat, caravan, boat or bedsit, and there are electrical appliances included as part of the tenancy agreement, then you as the landlord are legally obliged to ensure that the electrical appliances supplied are safe to use in accordance with the regulation stated above. This includes items such kettles, cookers and toasters which sometimes comes standard with rented properties.

Redlander PAT Testing Ltd can PAT test all items in your rented property for just £25 pounds per property (Subject to location). This will include equipment register with full pass or fail results, PAT test certificate, free minor repairs and free advice on how to improve electrical safety in your property.

Having an in date PAT test certificate should help to reduce your insurance premiums too!

Contact Redlander PAT Testing Ltd on 07711037245 or visit www.redlanderpattesting.co.uk

PAT TESTING FOR YOUR BUSINESS

PAT TESTING FOR YOUR BUSINESS

WHY SHOULD YOUR BUSINESS GET PAT TESTED?

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the best way to to show that you are complying with Health & Safety regulations including Management of Health & Safety Regulations 1992 and Working With Electricity Regulations 1999.

All employer’s that employ 5 or more people are required by law to carry out a risk assessment on all the hazards in their workplace, and detail the control measures to reduce the risk. Getting your business PAT tested is a control measure you can add to your fire risk assessment to show your electrical equipment has been professionally maintained, checked and tested.

Most insurance companies now require all business owners to have an in date PAT test certificate, as do accreditation companies such as CHAS, Achilles and SafeContractor. Business’s that are ISO registered should also have a valid PAT test certificate. Getting the electrical items PAT tested in your business should also significantly reduce your business insurance premiums.

You can find out more on PAT testing and Health & Safety by following this link http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg236.htm

Is Your Fridge Freezer Safe?

This story was originally covered in an article on The Telegraph. To read the original article, please click here.

It is believed that the cause of the Grenfell tower blaze was caused by a faulty fridge freezer. Fridge freezers are amongst the most dangerous household workplace electrical appliances if they are involved in a fire.

They contain large amounts of flammable insulation and are covered in plastic that is toxic when on fire.

In a controlled test by the London Fire Brigade, a fridge freezer went up in flames in less than 90 seconds. This is made even more dangerous by the fact that fridge freezers are left on 24/7 to keep our food cold or frozen. There is no legislation that makes fridge freezer manufactures to use non-flammable materials in the design of their fridge freezers.

This is why is it vital that as a property landlord or a business owner that you get all of your electrical appliances checked. Redlander PAT Testing Ltd can visit your property/workplace and conduct portable appliance checks to test if your electrical equipment is safe for use. There is a fridge freezer in almost every business and home in the UK. The cost of getting your electrical equipment checked is far less than the cost of losing your business or property. Most insurance companies now require a PAT Test certificate.

Sainsbury's fire in Longbridge

ELECTRICAL FIRE AT SAINSBURY’S IN LONGBRIDGE

On Saturday November 15th 2014, over 600 people including customers and staff had to be evacuated from the recently built Sainsbury’s store in Longbridge, based on the Longbridge Technology Park, Birmingham.

At 11:53am Fire fighters at Northfield Fire Station were alerted to a fire in the roof of the Sainsbury’s store.

Firefighters were able to attend quickly and access the roof to extinguish the fire. The cause of the blaze was found to be an electrical fault with the solar panels and it’s associated equipment.

Our pat testing Longbridge services won’t cost you the Earth!

Luckily, nobody was injured in the fire, but this is why it is very important for employers and business owners to get their electrical equipment PAT Tested. Associated equipment includes extension leads, battery chargers and multi-socket extensions. Obtaining a PAT Test Certificate, is not only is a control measure for your fire risk assessment, but they are a compulsory requirement now for most insurance companies.

Redlander PAT Testing Ltd is based in Rednal Birmingham. We are professional City & Guild certified Portable Appliance Testers. We give free quotes and consultations and have set prices listed on our website.