More a whinge than a question, really. Son is off to uni soon, student
accommodation (Scotland) and one of the requirements is PAT
certification for anything over one year old. Phoned the office who
confirmed sight of receipt required as proof of age of anything claimed
to be less than a year old. Rule applies to anything that plugs into
the wall, including mobile phone chargers. Is this usual, or OTT?
And the wrong rules apply IMHO. The only item that failed in a nursery I
tested last week was the 4 week old toaster. It only had earth
continuity if you bent the moulded strain relief on the plug to one side.
I tested a new extension socket strip from CPC a couple of months ago
(bought it about a year ago as a spare, just got round to unpacking and
using it). Intermittent; turned out NONE of the terminals had been
tightened in the (non moulded) plug.
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Seems a bit OTT for things that are double insulated. It has become
increasingly common - duty of care to other students etc.
In my day it was the other way around. I found the anglepoise desk lamp
that came with my university room had a live chassis the wires having
frayed and the earth had been disconnected to stop it blowing fuses.
Luckily I had my trusty neon screwdriver (now deprecated) to hand.
On Wednesday, 14 August 2019 10:19:29 UTC+1, Graeme wrote:
I think now usual, given the problems with fake chargers catching fire and overseas students bringing dodgy cooking appliances and adapters in.
"I never PAT tested mine. Just buy the stickers and and sign a random name on it. They never checked mine. "
On 14/08/2019 10:41, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
The key here is that if everything catches fire and students die, they
are no longer liable. And their indsurance is valid.
If it can be proved from the charred wrecakghe that your pat sticker was
forged, you are.
Unless you swear blind you bought it from china like that.
In short by signing a PAT sticker you are legally relieving them of a
duty of care and validating their insurance.
THEY dont care about anything beyond that.
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