Workplace labelling has come a long way since the sticky-backed paper labels of a few years ago were coiling themselves round our fingers, before peeling from the backs of appliances at the first hint of moisture and then attaching themselves to the soles of our best office shoes! Let’s take a look at some of the ways materials technology and production methods have combined to create a superior product which is now fit for purpose, and how you can get hold of these better-quality items.
When PAT testing was first introduced (under various other names) in the 1960s and 70s, one of the primary goals of the scheme was to make it immediately obvious which appliances had been recently tested for safety, and how they had performed. To that end, Pat testing labels in their earliest incarnation were introduced so workers knew at a glance that the equipment they were using had been deemed safe. These early Pat Test tags were sometimes nothing more than a slip of card rubber-banded to a mains flex, or primitive Pat stickers made from adhesive backed paper.
As time went on, electrical testers came up with more and more ideas for Pat Labels. One of the first innovations was the introduction of Pat Test Passed labels, designed to be easy to differentiate from failure notices. It started out with different colours, but however the message is presented, your staff and visitors will always be reassured if they can see Pat Test Pass labels to tell them everything is okay.
Soon, more and more information started to appear on Passed Pat Test labels. These days, Pat Labels Online can supply you with anything from a basic Pat label with just the date and ID of the tester, to personalised Pat Testing Labels in full colour with your company name and logo, and a unique appliance ID. There are also barcode Pat Testing labels so companies with many hundreds of individual assets can keep track of them all using an electronic ID system.
Another change is the various profiles of Pat Test tags designed to be attached to all shapes and sizes. If no smooth, flat surface is available for a regular Pat sticker, alternatives include cable wrap Pat Testing labels which can wrap around power leads, wiring, or hydraulic hoses. They can also attach to narrow metal or plastic components, although attaching labels to mechanical parts can lead to the Pat labels being scraped off in short order.
Which brings us back to what is probably the most significant change in Pat Testing labels in recent years, namely the quality of the products. The latest range of Pat testing stickers supplied by PAT Labels Online feature a strong rip-resistant yet writable surface, backed with a premium adhesive which will stick to almost anything. Heavy duty versions are also available for extra-demanding environments such as those described above. If you have any questions or can’t find just what you’re looking for, why not contact PAT Labels Online today?