Have you ever had an electrical appliance short circuit? Like plugging a phone into the charger and sparks suddenly flying out. At times it can be either the fault of damaged wiring or the defectiveness of the product.
How a new government office was created
A tumble dryer manufacturer based in Yate was found to have sold over a million defective tumble dryers. Since its discovery in 2015, the recall has been a slow, drawn-out process with at least 750 fires to be labelled against them.
The dangers against consumers have led to the government introducing a new office for Product Safety and Standards. Little information is available on the extent of their powers at present. They will provide guidance on product recalls and corrective actions.
Manufacturers must already follow legislation on the quality of their products under the Sale of Goods Act 1979. This states that “all products must be ‘fit for purpose’, be of satisfactory quality and fit its description”. These regulations and the new powers should lead to greater confidence in consumer goods.
What if the product is damaged. How would you know?
Why it’s essential for electrical appliances
Trading standards advised that 2 in 3 people had a problem with faulty electrical goods in the last 2 years. Close visual inspections can help when looking out for possible electrical faults, but, some defects require testing. Portable appliance testers (PAT) examine electrical appliances and have the right equipment to carry out these procedures.
Businesses using electrical equipment must adhere to the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. Electrical equipment that has the potential to cause harm needs to be maintained and kept in a safe condition.
Direct365 offers Pat testing at an affordable cost. Different types of equipment call for different tests. For full detail of how often equipment should be tested, have a read of our previous pat testing blog.