Giant of the e-commerce world, Plumbworld, took time to pause from its busy schedule to complete annual PAT tests on electrical equipment throughout the company.
The Health and Safety Act at Work (1974) requires employers to assess risks and take appropriate action with regard to electrical equipment being used by employees. Although not a legal requirement, PAT tests (or portable appliance tests) by a qualified professional are the safest way of ensuring electrical equipment is in good working order.
The tests normally involve visually inspections, looking for obvious signs of damage, before each appliance is connected to a piece of testing equipment which will give a pass or fail reading as well as further information to be interpreted by the tester.
Scott Morris, Marketing Manager, said: “It was a bit of an inconvenience obviously but it was for an important reason. For us guys in the marketing department, like most people who work here or at any web based company, computers are the tools of our trade so they need to be in top condition. We want to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all our employees and that’s why we had these tests done.”
A professional team was brought into the Plumbworld offices and using specialist equipment tested all the electrical equipment.
Scott added: “They were very professional and worked extremely efficiently so it didn’t take too long at all. It’s good to know that all our equipment is in good working order.”
The qualified testers worked their way around the Plumbworld premises one department at a time so as not to knock the entire company offline at once. They even waited until after operating hours to test the equipment in customer services so the department could continue providing their high level of service undisturbed and uninterrupted.
James Hickman, Managing Director at Plumbworld, said: “This is something we take very seriously at Plumbworld. As an employer we have a duty of care to our employees and we ensure everyone here is working in a safe and comfortable environment. As a company which sells all sorts of equipment we realise the importance of keeping it in the best working order."
With the knowledge that they are working in a safe environment, the employees at Plumbworld were able to dive back into their work. It’s clear that all at the company would recommend PAT testing to anyone working with electrical equipment, be it computers, telephones or any other portable appliance.
Plumbworld was established in 1999 by James and Anita Hickman and was later sold to the Grafton Group PLC in December 2006, it now employs over 50 people in its purpose built warehouse and offices and has a turnover close to £20 million a year. The Plumbworld Empire expands month by month with new additions to staff and websites; the current website count sits at 50+ with more in the pipeline. The websites vary hugely and specialise in anything from Franke sinks and bathroom suites to toilet seats and Mira showers.