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PostPosted: Fri May 04, 2012 3:35 pm 
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Maintaining portable electrical equipment in low-risk environments

Wonder if everyone has read this advice from the HSE released April 2012 and wonder what impact it will have?

http://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg236.htm

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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2012 10:15 pm 
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It's not going to help.
I think a history should be established before extending the time between checks.
The CoP already had a frequency guide.
I'm sure others on here have come across some incredibly insane situations which prove that users can't be relied upon to take these simple precautions.

No problem extending testing if the history showed that users would,
Use the appliance as it was designed and in the environment it was intended to be.
Check the appliance for visible damage prior to use.
Not bodge repairs (we'll sort it out later).
Take out of service any item that is damged or fails to work as intended.

I have yet to carry out a visit (even a re-visit) where everything is perfect.


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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2012 8:11 pm 
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Hi Richard and Rich and other fellow PAT engineers

Came across this article today on another forum. It makes me wonder what the world of PAT will be in a year or two from now! :?

Have a read and i am sure we would all like to hear your comments?

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PETTY health and safety rules that force firms to make checks on electric kettles and computers every year are to be swept away.
Employment Minister Chris Grayling is set to warn today that over-zealous monitoring of small electrical appliances is costing business up to £30million a year.
And he will raise fears that jobs are being lost because of concerns among foreign investors about the country’s reputation for excessive health and safety rules.
Mr Grayling will tell business leaders at the Enterprise Forum in London: “If we want people to have jobs, we have to recognise just how different and competitive the world has become.
“We need lower taxes and less red tape for business or jobs will go elsewhere.
“That’s why we are cutting health and safety bureaucracy. Of course, we have to protect people against death and serious injury in the workplace but if we stifle their employers with unneeded rules those people won’t have a job in the first place.”

If we want people to have jobs, we have to recognise just how different and competitive the world has become

Employment Minister Chris Grayling
New guidelines will make clear that “portable appliance tests” first introduced in 1989 are not needed.
Altogether, the overall number of health and safety regulations will be cut by around half.
The number of inspections has already been reduced by a third.

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PostPosted: Tue May 22, 2012 7:01 pm 
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Hi Steve and Rich

Have just read on another forum that there is an update to the IET code of practise. Apparently the 4th edition will go to print in August this year.

Also a new BS Standard.

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The new standard is IEC 62638 "Recurrent Test and Test After Repair of Electrical Equipement" and will be adopted as BS EN62638.


There is more information on Seaward's forum.

Regards, Richard.


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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 5:32 pm 
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Hi Richard

I thought the wiring regs and BS7671 was bad enough, also thought the whole idea of this "revamp" etc. was to cut down on the "red tape" looks like we will all have to shell out yet again for more books and you never know retesting ourselves to become competent persons under BS EN62638 so i suppose watch this space :?
Interesting though who is helping with the new CofP :?:

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