Posts Tagged ‘PAT test labels’

Microwave Emission Labels Provide Comfort of Mind

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Microwaves can be found almost anywhere people and employees are found. If not working properly, microwaves can emit harmful radiation that can be quite dangerous for anyone using or working near the microwaves, so it’s important to test them. By the use if microwave emission labels, its easy to tell the safety of whatever microwave is being used, and it can even indicate when the next time its servicing is due, thus creating an environment to foster the utmost safety and confidence in use. Applied to other potentially hazardous electrical appliances, these simple to read emission labels display all of the information necessary for safe use specific to microwaves.

PAT testing is a crucial and oftentimes mandatory set of testing procedures utilized in the United Kingdom to ensure the usability and safety surrounding the use of electrical appliances in a variety of residential, commercial, and industrial settings. PAT testing stands for Portable Appliance Testing, and by using PAT test labels, they affectively and efficiently express information regarding if a person should use that appliance, or the next time it should be used. Microwave emissions testing tests the amount of emissions a microwave emits, and the results of such a test are displayed using microwave emission labels.

A specific test unique to microwaves is the microwave emission test, and through the use of microwave emission labels users can avoid the hazards and dangers that may be associated with the use of potentially harmful microwaves. Microwaves have been known to be extremely dangerous if not properly up kept, and the waves that the can emit have even been linked to the development of certain cancers. Keeping all of this in mind, it seems obvious that labeling microwaves as able to be used or potentially dangerous should be a priority.

Microwave emission labels display several types of important and pertinent information with regards to its use. Besides the information that seems most crucial to know, whether it should be used or not, there is other information that servicemen or technicians may need to know to help with testing procedures. Usually stuck inside the microwave with information written with a permanent marker, information about the amount of emissions present, a spot to indicate who performed the test, and boxes to write when the test was done and when the test should be done next are all displayed prominently as to allow decisions regarding its safety to be made quickly and accurately. There is even a place where it can be indicated if the interlock test has been performed, which basically tests to see if the microwave closes all the way when in use to prevent the escape of very harmful and dangerous emissions.

Without the use of microwave emission labels, it’s safe to say that an object of daily use for most people could potentially be hazardous without anyone knowing. By undergoing mandatory safety checks every several months to a
year, or the PAT test, people can have the safety of mind that comes with knowing that something they use is safe and won’t cause them harm.

PAT Test Labels with Barcodes Offer Information with a Simple Scan

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Portable Appliance testing an integral part of harm prevention in the use of electrical appliances in a variety of environments where electrical appliances are commonly used. Taking place in residential, commercial, and industrial settings, the PAT test as its commonly known is used to designate the level of safety surrounding the use of potentially hazardous appliances.

Anything from hand drills and microwaves, to much larger equipment must be tested on a continual basis at intervals established by how dangerous the appliance itself could be. For electrical appliances considered more dangerous, three to six months is typically the intervals at which their PAT testing must be conducted. For electrical appliances whose danger is slightly less, intervals of testing may be closer to once a year. Once a PAT test is performed, a PAT test label is affixed to the device, and a newer and much more comprehensive form of PAT test label is the PAT test label with barcode.

PAT test labels with barcodes are an amazing new form of PAT test labels that, along with all the crucial information that goes along with the proper conduction of a Portable Appliance test, have barcodes that open up a new world of harm prevention. Barcodes are used in a variety of different applications, and their advantage is that they can hold a lot of information that can be accessed with a much greater ease than any method that has been created before.

The results of a PAT test must be marked on the surface of the PAT test label, which is used to display how safe the electrical appliance is to use. Coming in a variety of shapes, sizes, colors, and forms, they all have the same function, which is primarily to prevent the use of any possibly dangerous appliance. The history of these tests, which may occur at different intervals depending on the danger involved, must be logged as to assist in future tests of the appliance. PAT test labels with barcodes allow the tester to access the entire history of an appliance’s PAT test results, whereas before the most recent test result is the only available information directly accessibly by the label itself. The use of these labels helps deter any possible errors with regards to handwriting mix-up, and the technology involved is really quite simple and easy to learn.

PAT test labels offer important information about the results of mandatory electrical appliance testing, and the use of them is very handy in making judgment calls when it comes to using and operating electrical appliances. Although PAT test labels themselves offer quite a bit of information, when coupled with barcodes, as is the case with PAT test labels with barcodes, much more information regarding an electrical appliance’s safety and test history can be accessed remotely and with a simple scan of a scanning device. This is an exciting development, and a very novel idea where safety and the ability to store mass amounts of information with the use of a barcode and come together and make PAT testing that much more comprehensive.

Cable Wrap PAT Testing Labels Conveniently Display Potential Danger

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

In the UK, health and safety requirements necessitate that electrical appliances in any number of residential, commercial and industrial settings be tested several times a year or once a year depending on the amount of possible hazard that surrounds the use of that particular electrical appliance. Cable wrap PAT testing labels are just one of several different types of labels that are used in the display of the level of danger associated with electrical appliances. PAT tests, which stand for Portable Appliance Test, are the tests that gauge how safe an appliance is to use, and the information that is a result of such tests is displayed on something called a PAT test label.

There are a huge variety of different electrical appliances used in a number of residential, commercial, and industrial settings, and there are just the same a large variety of PAT testing labels. Cable wrap PAT testing labels are just one type of the variety of available labels, and are applied to the tested appliance by wrapping around the cable. This method of PAT test label display is a very professional and clean looking way to be smart and display the potential dangers involved in electrical appliance usage.

Despite the Cable wrap PAT testing labels’ specific mode of display, these kinds of labels still display the very important information that both users and workers need to know when using the appliances, or people that are in an environment with electrical appliances. Along with the most crucial information regarding results of mandatory electrical appliance safety tests, such as ‘Passed’, ‘Tested for Electrical Safety’, and ‘DO NOT USE’, there are several other pieces of information that is displayed on a cable wrap PAT testing label. On one of these testing labels, one can find information about who preformed the test (which can even be personalized by certain companies to provide a professional flair), information regarding when the test was undergone, and when the next time the test should be performed so that the electrical appliance remains in a state of safe use for months to come. There is even a place where the tester can indicate the I.D. of the appliance, so no matter who looks at the appliance there is no question whether the testing label is for that specific appliance or not.

Cable wrap PAT testing labels are an easy and quite important part of the displaying of potential risks in the United Kingdom, and are oftentimes a necessary addition to anywhere appliances are used that have a power cord. They can also tell you whether you should actually be using an electrical appliance, and provide valuable information involved in the testing and use of appliances in any where an appliance is used. And in a world where safety and aesthetics are important, it’s nice when the two can be combined, which is what some companies are doing by offering PAT testing labels designed how the user wants them. Although one might not think about it, these labels can really ad flare and safety awareness wherever appliances are used.

Displaying Potential Dangers with Plug top PAT Test Labels

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

In the United Kingdom, PAT tests play a crucial role in the prevention of possible hazards in personal, commercial and industrial environments where electrical appliances are utilized on a daily basis. For someone who doesn’t understand what a PAT test is, it stands for Portable Appliance Test, and basically it is utilized to ensure whether an electrical appliance is safe for its users or servicemen to use, and depending on what the results of the PAT test, it can indicate to its potential user the level of possible risk involved in the use or test of it. PAT test labels are used to display the results of the PAT test, and also are used to display several other types of important information, such as who did the test, when the test was done, and even the next time that the Portable Appliance Test should be used.

There are many different types of PAT test labels, and some come in stickers and ones that can even be wrapped around the cord. Plug top PAT test labels are a very convenient and important part of harm prevention, and play a very specific role for certain types of appliances.

Plug top PAT test labels are like most other PAT test labels, in the way that they display the very important information that is associated with the completion of PAT tests, but they have a very specific and different application than other different types of PAT test labels. Plug top PAT test labels are pretty self explanatory, as they are made to fit on any sort of plug top found on a variety of electrical appliances, and usually can be created to fit on plug tops that may be a bit untraditional or of a different size or shape than found on most typical appliances.

The types of information found on Plug top PAT test labels is the same important information that is found on other PAT testing labels and stickers. Information regarding the safety of the appliance’s use is the information with the most importance and priority, as it’s the information that is most important when people interact and utilize electrical appliances. This sort of information comes in three different forms, and with the help of these test labels can be displayed on the top of appliance plugs. The PAT test can have a result of either ‘Passed’, ‘Tested for Electrical Safety’, and ‘DO NOT USE’.

It’s important to be able to know whether an appliance is safe to use, and with the use of a PAT test and Plug top PAT test labels its easy to be able to look at the plug and discern if the electrical appliance is safe to use, if its not safe to use and could possible cause harm, and even information regarding whether the appliance is overdue for a servicing. Despite the many different PAT test labels and stickers available, these labels that fit perfectly on the top of the electrical plug are an easy indicator and eye-catching tool to prevent danger before an appliance is even plugged in or unplugged.

PAT Test Labels Make Appliance Users Aware of Potential Risks

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

Health and safety regulators in the United Kingdom require that electrical appliances be tested on specific intervals depending on how dangerous the appliance could be to both people who use the appliance and workers who may have to test the appliance. The Portable Appliance Test, or simply PAT test, is a simple test that is performed on several parts of an appliance to ensure that all parts are in good working order and do not have the potential to cause its users any harm. And if any possible harm could result from these electrical appliances, PAT testing ensures that a label is affixed to warn its potential users. These labels, named PAT test labels, are attached to the appliances in a number of ways and act as a way of communicating the results of a PAT test.

PAT test labels come in a variety of shapes, sizes, usages, and colors all depending on the tester and what sort of electrical appliance is being tested. Some test labels are simply stickers and meant to be adhered to the surface of the appliance, while others are meant to be wrapped around the cord of the appliance, which is sometimes more durable and easy to see. Cable wrap PAT test labels are sometimes even necessary, as for smaller appliances there may not be enough room on the actual surface of the device to stick a standard PAT test labels. There are also some varieties of labels that fit over the plug, which works well with specific types of appliances. For some specific kinds of appliance tests, such as the microwave emissions test, the emissions of the microwave is measured and the interlock is tested to make sure the users of this very common appliance are safe.

No matter what sorts of colors, forms, shapes or sizes the PAT test labels come in, they all have the same basic function: to ensure the safety of both users and testers of that electrical appliance. And the primary way that these test labels ensure safety is by displaying the results of the required portable appliance test. And not only do these labels contain information regarding whether the appliance ‘Passed’, was ‘Tested for Electrical Safety’, or shouldn’t be used, in the case of a ‘DO NOT USE’ designation, there is much more information that must be noted. The date that the test was performed on, the date the next test should take place and information regarding the test itself is all contained on the surface of the test label.

PAT test labels are a very important part of safety when it comes to the use of electrical appliances in the United Kingdom. By displaying the results of the required PAT test, or Portable Appliance Test, potential users of an appliance as well as people who may be testing the appliance can be made well aware of how safe it is to use the appliance, and even when the next time it needs to be tested.

Usage of PAT Labels and PAT Test Labels in the Workplace

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

The requirement for the portable appliance test, otherwise known as PAT, began in the United Kingdom as early as the 1960’s within governmental offices and buildings. Although it was not mandated as a regulation then, it was seen as more of a responsible step to take to protect against fires and other hazards that might be caused by faulty electrical appliances.

The inspection and testing of these types of electrical devices originally fell to the Ministry of Public Works up until 1970, when this responsibility came unto the Department of Environment Services and Property Agency until the year 2000. Today, the Qualifications and Curriculum Agency oversees this service.
This testing and inspection of hand-held, plug-in, or other portable electric appliances has naturally become more necessary with the increased appearance and usage of such types of devices, not only in government facilities but in the general public as well. Depending on the potential risk of the device, the PAT is conducted in either 3 month or 6 month intervals.

When the inspection and testing is completed on a device, a PAT label is applied to indicate the passing or failure of the electrical operation of the device. PAT labels, or PAT test labels, provide an instant status report on the safety level of any device.

PAT labels will appear on a portable electric device in one of three forms. PAT test labels will read as “Passed”, “Tested for Electrical Safety”, or “Do Not Use After”, which will then give the last day of safe usage of the device. Information on PAT test labels will also include the name and ID number of the inspector, as well as his agency or department.

PAT labels were initiated as a response to concerns of fire and related hazards which would provide a modicum of inspection and reporting capability as to the safety of a device and the environment it was used in. PAT test labels actually predate the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, as well as the Electricity at Work Act of 1990. These legislative actions were taken as accidents and concerns about safety in the workplace increased proportionately.

The current system of testing, more formally known as In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment, falls under the jurisdiction of the QCA with the voluntary but necessary participation of the Guilds and the City. The usage of PAT labels and PAT test labels is taken quite seriously, and any failure to apply or update PAT labels or PAT test labels can cause grave consequences for the responsible agency or department, especially if an accidental electrical fire should occur due to faulty operation of a device.
Therefore, the usage of PAT labels is a common practice of routine portable
electric device inspection. Considering the reason for PAT test labels, they should be seen as valuable safeguards against calamity in the workplace and should be taken quite seriously as well. Heeding such warning labels could actually save lives and property in the future.