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by witsd
Thu Dec 12, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: When is portable equipment not portable?
Replies: 4
Views: 262

Re: When is portable equipment not portable?

Thanks Berni, I think I'll go with that!

Being checked as part of the 5-yearly FIT seems perfectly adequate to me.
by witsd
Wed Dec 11, 2019 4:07 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: When is portable equipment not portable?
Replies: 4
Views: 262

Re: When is portable equipment not portable?

Have you looked at https://www.hse.gov.uk/pubns/indg236.pdf for guidance? For example P 4 gives some definitions: A portable or movable electric appliance is any item that can be moved, either connected or disconnected from an electrical supply. Portable or movable items generally have a lead (cabl...
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by witsd
Tue Dec 10, 2019 3:52 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: When is portable equipment not portable?
Replies: 4
Views: 262

When is portable equipment not portable?

Can I justify designating a piece of equipment as non-portable (and therefore not subject to any form of PAT) if I am confident that it will never be moved / unplugged? The equipment I am thinking about is fixed to a wall within a remote plant area with very strongly controlled access, but does have...
by witsd
Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: No. of employees
Replies: 4
Views: 343

Re: No. of employees

I would say absolutely yes. On top of that, If you employ more than one person and you aren't writing down your RAs (remembering that you have to complete them no matter what, it's only the recording that is mandated by hitting 5), then you are asking for trouble unless you are confident that you co...
by witsd
Fri Nov 29, 2019 9:44 am
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Minor Gas Leaks in Very large Buildings
Replies: 2
Views: 329

Re: Minor Gas Leaks in Very large Buildings

I've no experience with this whatsoever, but I have a couple of thoughts: How are you going to quantify 'minor'? It seems unlikely that you will be able to actually monitor how much is leaking, so unless you have immediate access to some kind of measuring device, you surely have to err on the side o...
by witsd
Tue Nov 26, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Fire
Topic: Flats above shops
Replies: 4
Views: 407

Re: Flats above shops

Just on the off-chance that this one slipped by:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland- ... t-50372285

Seeing as it's a 5 minute walk from where I used to live, it's pretty central in my mind at the moment.
by witsd
Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:27 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Sprinkler systems / electrics
Replies: 4
Views: 765

Re: Sprinkler systems / electrics

There's a line in an old episode of Star Trek TNG, where someone complains about an automatic fire suppression force field extinguishing their illicit campfire, asking what would have happened if they had been standing where the force field appeared. It is quickly pointed out that that would necessi...
by witsd
Tue Nov 19, 2019 3:20 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Lightning protection systems on existing buildings
Replies: 2
Views: 294

Re: Lightning protection systems on existing buildings

This site has a little calculator that might not be perfect, but would at least help you to be consistent. https://electrical-engineering-portal.com/download-center/electrical-software/lightning-protection-risk-assessment-calculator And yes, on a few occasions, I've put a recommendation to complete ...
by witsd
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Safe? Not so safe?
Replies: 10
Views: 1126

Re: Safe? Not so safe?

My concern is whether the grass verge will remain solid enough to prevent the board from slipping, particularly if we have a wet Christmas rather than a snowy one. Edinburgh isn't quite as soggy as my side of the country, but it is Scotland...
by witsd
Wed Nov 06, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: "Fire Marshal" training
Replies: 5
Views: 889

Re: "Fire Marshal" training

I think the problem is that (especially in the current climate) assessors tend toward over-prescriptive actions. Try suggesting that actually you don't need any fire doors at all, because the current doors will last at least 10 minutes and everyone will be out in 3, and watch them start to foam at t...
by witsd
Wed Oct 23, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Fire
Topic: Training recommendations
Replies: 7
Views: 1782

Re: Training recommendations

Hi all, bringing this one back, as I'm currently looking for specific small courses that will help to increase my (and my team's) knowledge with a view to completing FRAs. So far, I've decided that a couple of one-day courses on fire doors and dry riser inspection are probably a good idea, but wonde...
by witsd
Mon Oct 21, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: How to Stay on Top of a Busy and Stressful Workload
Replies: 3
Views: 523

Re: How to Stay on Top of a Busy and Stressful Workload

Document everything, make it clear that you are working to your full potential (but not beyond that) and then let it start to fail.

Ensure that you are being clear as to why it is failing, and let management manage.

You do no-one any favours by working yourself silly.

 

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