London, UK, 09-12-2013 — /EuropaWire/ — Do you ever look at all those stickers covering the plug of your office’s kettle and wonder what all that testing’s about?
Well so do the experts. Health and Safety Executive (HSE) estimate that unnecessary appliance testing is costing businesses around £30 million a year.
The issue appears to be a confusion over the guidelines, with businesses unclear what needs testing and when. Although companies must follow portable appliance testing (PAT) laws, it seems many offices have gone a bit ‘test crazy’ just to make sure they don’t fall foul of the guidelines.
Not helping the situation are the appliance testing companies only too happy to take advantage of this confusion over PAT laws. In fact, not every electrical appliance needs to be tested every year.
Managing Director of Maris Interiors, David Cannon, says, “It’s about separating health and safety myths from fact. Basically it’s important that businesses work with the HSE to make sure their staff are safe, without paying through the nose for unnecessary testing. I’d check twice if a company wants to PAT test your hole-punch every six months!”
Notes For The Editor
Maris Interiors LLP is the UK’s leading specialist in workplace design and creation. The company design and create world class working environments for occupiers throughout the UK and continental Europe. Their team of experts has extensive and in-depth knowledge of how good design can substantially improve business performance, save vast amounts of money and help retain and attract key people.
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