With UK Governments encouraging more Reuse & Repar, and Local Authorities engaging in Reuse from the Electrical Waste Stream, there is no doubt safety and Fire Prevention needs to be addressed. Particularly because there is no evidence of Competence required and in effect, robots are following a Tick Box Protocol without any depth of knowledge, evidenced certification or qualifications in the process.
So therefore surely most people would agree, we need to address safety for tenants and householders in the home, where these waste items are being placed back into the home. Particularly in the Rented Sector, where Landlords do not even know if a Product Recall (Fire Risk) is entering their property. Recently someone died in Swansea near our office, from a fire caused by an Appliance. With research showing that the average costs of a fatality from a fire, costs £1.6m most of which is tax payers money, anyone receiving Government funding should be demonstrating due diligence in house building and retrofits.
So Part 1 of looking at PAT Testing, starts with understanding some basics, which we hope you see will be relevant to our opening statements.
The type of test applied when PAT testing an appliance essentially depends of the electrical classification the appliance falls into. However, it is not always as simple as some believe it to be. Here we look at two Class 1 products a kettle and a modern electronically controlled washing machine. Kettles have changed little over the years but automatic washing machines along with other major whitegoods have internally changed quite a lot. Therefore depth of knowledge and practical experience of the product being tested becomes extremely important as this rather simple explanation hopes to illustrate