Electrical Safety

Electrical Safety in the Private Rented Sector

With today’s publication of the Government’s report into Electrical Safety in the Private Rented Sector, consumer group Electrical Safety First has hit out at the lack of Government action. 

Electrical Safety First is disappointed that the government has published this report without any commitment to introducing mandatory five-yearly checks on electrical installations in privately rented homes. This is something ESF has long been campaigning for, as we believe these checks are essential to ensure that tenants are safe from electrical fires and accidents.

"Innovative New PAT Testing Website Launch in West Yorkshire

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PAT Training Services Ltd is pleased to announce the relaunch of PAT-Testers.co.uk to sit alongside its established Test-Meter.co.uk brand.

 

This Leeds-based provider of test and measurement instruments will launch the new site on Wednesday 1st November, featuring a wide range of PAT testers, PAT kits and accessories. It will also provide an improved user experience and a brand new trade-in scheme, which is unique within the industry. With savings on offer in return for used testers, this service will help customers to replace old for new and make sure their PAT testing equipment is up to standard.

 

It’s time to tackle charging safety

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Whether it’s on a train, in a café or a hotel lobby – whatever the location, the number of people that want to charge their smartphone on the go is growing. In fact, our recent research found that 30% of UK adults charge their phone in a public place at least once a month, while 58% would like to see more public buildings feature USB charging outlets.

Installing USB charging outlets is not just a way to meet the ever-changing demands of the public, they can also make charging smartphones and tablets a significantly safer process.

Unaware but not immune to risk

The Evolution of PPE Clothing

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For workers who spend most of their time out in hazardous situations, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) clothing is an absolute necessity to keep them safe on site.  

When you first think of Personal Protective Equipment, your first thoughts might be safety goggles, protective boots, and construction hats. But before PPE clothing became a mandatory staple for tradesmen, its origins date further back than you might realise.

Scruffs, the UK’s leading experts in innovative safety wear, has taken a look at the history behind some of the most common PPE equipment and its evolution over the years.

In the beginning…

Five fires per day caused by white goods in England

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Electrical Safety First calls on government to provide extra protection against electrical fire risks in tower blocks

Last year, 1,873 fires[i] were caused by domestic electrical white goods such as dishwashers and fridge freezers in England, the equivalent of over five fires per day[ii].  Following confirmation from the Metropolitan Police that a fridge freezer was the initial cause of ignition at Grenfell Tower, Electrical Safety First (ESF) is calling on government to  provide free mandatory electrical checks for homes in tower blocks.  According to ESF, access to these free checks is essential to ensure that tenants in tower blocks are safe from electrical fires.  

INEQUALITY STREET - which Scottish homes are more at risk?

(A leading safety charity thinks you might be surprised).

Did you know you could be safer living in Scotland’s Private Rented Sector (PRS) than in social housing – or even in your own home?

Electricity is the number one cause of fires in Scottish homes but the law provides varying levels of protection for those living in different housing tenures. So, leading safety charity, Electrical Safety First, is calling on the Scottish Government to ensure that everyone – no matter where they live – are protected from electrical accidents

Lantei Compliance Services to support businesses by hosting electrical safety seminars near you

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Nationwide electrical testing company, Lantei, have announced the return of their best practice, Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited electrical safety seminars which are going to be bigger and better than ever before.

From previous successful seminars, Lantei are broadening their horizons by focusing increasingly on the seminars. The seminars aim to educate Duty Holders about the latest legislation and news within the electrical industry. They will support the delegates with their responsibilities by explaining how they can keep their workplaces safe and compliant.

Product safety debate continues

Hair Strighters

Responding to today’s Westminster Hall debate on the safety of white goods and product recalls, Phil Buckle, Chief Executive of Electrical Safety First commented:

“Electrical Safety First has lobbied hard for improvements to the product recall system, including via membership of the Working Group on Product Recalls and Safety – which is soon to release its final report and recommendations.

Compliance Confidence with the EISRS

EISRS

Since releasing the Electrical Installation Safety Record Summary (EISRS) earlier this year, NAPIT members across the country have been enjoying its benefits. The one-page document is designed to accompany the completion of Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICRs) by providing electrical inspectors and their customers with an easy to understand cover sheet which clearly summarizes the outcome of an EICR. 

 

Tyco launches PROFILE Flexible, the most advanced and intuitive fire and safety protection solution

Modular fire alarm control panel provides flexible solution for to improve safety and lower costs

Tyco Integrated Fire & Security today announced the launch of PROFILE Flexible, its most advanced range of modular fire alarm panels. Made to enhance the existing ZETTLER PROFILE family of touch screen panels, the new controllers offer a range of innovations and benefits to deliver improved fire safety for all typical building engineering applications and challenges.

Envirovent becomes niceic approved training centre

Nice Darren and Larry

Leading UK designer and manufacturer of ventilation systems EnviroVent has announced that the company’s training centre in Harrogate has now become a fully accredited NICEIC Approved Training Centre. 

NICEIC is the UK’s leading voluntary regulatory body for the electrical contracting industry.  For almost 60 years, it has been assessing the competence of electricians and its courses are recognised as amongst the best in the ventilation industry.