Here at PAT Labels Online, we provide our customers with a huge selection of labels for a variety of purposes to all those throughout the UK. We aim to offer a balance between value and high-quality labels, as well as our fast dispatch service, with orders sent out within 24 hours of receipt. Specialising in PAT labels, today we are focussing our attention to the changes of the IET code of practice revision for PAT testing.
The History of the IET Code of Practice
When the Electricity at Work Regulations (EWR) came into force in 1989, the subject of electrical safety management was debated, particularly in terms of how businesses could comply with the requirements of the Regulations in the workplace. The IET Code of Practice was first published in 1994 in order to manage all the equipment connected to the installation itself. It was created by a group comprising of many representatives from industry, including appliance manufacturers and trade associations. The manufacturing representatives offered an insight to the electrical safety tests that are conducted on appliances at the time of manufacture, as required in product safety standards, which were then used as a basis for the first edition of the IET Code of Practice. This is when ‘portable appliance testing’ (PAT) was developed, and as data about the effectiveness of appliance testing became available, it was accepted that not all the tests were suited to routine maintenance. In the further three editions, changes were made to make sure the code was in-line with the original intent of verifying the safety of electrical equipment for continued use.
IET Code of Practice Changes
Now in its fifth edition, the current revision of the IET Code of Practice came into existence in 2020. Rather than consisting of just two sections, it now includes a series of sections on the need for electrical maintenance, the legal requirements, the competencies of those conducting the work, types of equipment and tests, as well as a section on the frequency of inspection and testing, along with new appendices. The methods of providing protection from electric shock have also been reclassified and changed. Previous methods of protection have been replaced by other common product safety standards, described as “energy source classes”. A flowchart aid is included for those conducting tests, helping the worker to perform the inspection and testing to select appropriate tests according to the equipment. Here it is important to verify the equipment for electrical safety for continued use, and the number of required tests have been revised. This means that in some cases a visual inspection will be a satisfactory means of testing. Furthermore, a low-current earth bond test has replaced the high-current earth bond test as evidence has demonstrated that this creates more stress on the connections. In addition, the insulation testing voltage has also been revised due to the design of modern electrical and electronic equipment, and the table on the frequency of testing has also been replaced.
PAT Testing Labels at PAT Labels Online
Here at PAT Labels Online, we can offer a wide selection of PAT labels on our website. Made of Duragrip, an innovative material that consists of an extremely aggressive adhesive, our labels are proven to be long-lasting. With many designs available in a range of colours, including green, blue, purple and black, they can also be customised with your company details. Our PAT sticker range includes tuff tags, those for cable wrap, visual inspection PAT labels, pass and failed test labels, those with barcodes, and more. Whatever your application, we are sure to have a PAT label to suit your needs.
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