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ME PAT newsletter - October 2014

  • Posted on: 10 October 2014
  • By: Mike

Hi folks

Welcome once again to the monthly edition of our “occasional” newsletter officially on the growing needs and the further recognition of Portable Appliance Testing and electrical safety in the workplace - whether it be in the office, pub, club, factory, leased or rental properties, in fact just about everywhere where you have workers and/or customers alike.... Although safety is a very serious subject hopefully along the way we can lighten it up with a few stories, some light hearted bits and a gag or two – well that’s the theory anyway.... 

Crikey, we are half way throughout the year – where has the last six months gone? The summer solstice has come and gone and they tell us the nights are going to get shorter – just to cheer us up, eh? Well at least we are having a “proper” summer and fingers crossed it continues... 

June has been a really, really busy month for us as we have PAT tested not just one but “two” business centres – we welcome back the Owners Business Centre in Newburn who have fully refurbished the centre after the floods of 18 months ago, we congratulate them for getting everything up and running again – it looks lovely inside! We also welcome the Northern Pinetree Business Centre in Birtley, although a new client we have been talking since “2010” so thanks for your patience and also to both for their much valued business.

In between these important contracts we have manned an exhibition at the “Show Your Mussel” event at the Newcastle Racecourse on the 5th June organised by Suzanne at Daisy Green Media on behalf of Mussel Club. We had something like 75-80 exhibitors and over 500 visitors through the door on the day. Now these numbers may seem low by other events in the region however it did allow for a good well ran event with tidy, inventive and well thought out stands throughout, with a really good standard of prospect client through the door with positive and very interested conversations from people from all types of businesses. We certainly came away with a handful of interested contacts. With our prize draw of wine and free North East PAT testing promotion we will still be able to make contact through this newsletter – however please remember to unsubscribe if you no longer wish to receive this form of marketing.

Whilst on the drink bit – and the free Portable Appliance Testing of course, the winner of the prize draw was “DAN DOBBS from CLARO CREATIVE” based in Sunderland. Now I like this lad as not only did he ask for some of our leaflets to pass to his clients I asked him later if he enjoyed the wine – a nice bottle of Pinot Grigio? Well he made the supreme sacrifice by giving it to his girlfriend – thus earning some serious brownie points – as I said I like this lad. By the way I have attached a brief video of the SYM Event, keep a close eye out for us about half way through – sorry no prizes for spotting us!!

Sport – shall we talk about football....? Okay maybe not? Let’s not worry on how bad England was and now focus on Andy Murray at Wimbledon - ok let's scrub that idea.... Didn't Lewis Hamilton do a fantastic job of winning the British GP at Silverstone - see we do have some champions to cheer on!

Heather Williams from Talking Points Events spotted this on Google last week – please take it tongue in cheek and “don’t shoot the piano player”.... Or more to the point don’t bit anyone in the process???? Sorry couldn’t resist it!

I am not sure if this is a good time to bring in a new feature about Health and Safety [gone mad?], as this stories sort of relates to the above... these are true, absolutely genuine and come straight from the Health and Safety Executive themselves – let me know what you think?

HSE eBulletin service Health and safety myths Update 

Case 289 - Builder quits job after being ordered to remove flags put up to support England in the World Cup

Issue: A furious builder has quit his job in London after he was ordered to remove two flags which he put up to support England in the World Cup. 
Panel decision: Health and safety law does not stop anyone supporting their team and celebrating major sporting events. It seems that a key reason for taking these England flags down was that workers of other nationalities might also want to do the same in support of their own national teams but its difficult to see why that would be a problem and certainly not a health and safety one!!

MMC: Go on you know it has to be true!!

Fire risk warning over cheap phone chargers

The national media has again highlighted the electrical safety and fire dangers associated with the online purchase of cheap phone chargers.The Daily Mail recently reported that hundreds of thousands of such devices ‘are currently plugged into sockets in offices, children’s bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens around the country, powering up mobile phones’.

The story then went on to describe an incident in Sheffield where it has emerged that a fire which claimed victims from three generations of one family last month, including a nine-week-old baby, was probably caused by a faulty charger. As part of its research, the Mail found multiple reports from around the country of house fires being attributed to an issue with a mobile phone battery or charging device in the past month alone.

While the chargers which are supplied with branded electronic goods are made to the highest standard and are no cause for concern, the newspaper reported that cheap, unauthorised, ‘unbranded’ chargers — the type usually bought on the internet, from market stalls or abroad, rather than from reputable shops and suppliers —can be hazardous. It claims that 1.8 million mobile phone chargers are bought online in the UK each year, with unsafe devices often being made in China for as little as 3p each. Many of these cheap devices fail to meet requirements of the Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations Act 1994.

And now for something completely different..... 

I mentioned last month about unusual and inventive ways to describe businesses in a catchy name or phrase around the North East on the back/sides of vans or in shop windows? Well here are a few more that you “may” come across – apologies well in advance! Hope you find these funny – not guaranteed though.....?

On A Taxidermists Window: “We really know our Stuff” 

At a Car Dealership: “The best way to get back on your feet is to miss a payment.” 

Outside a Tyre & Exhaust Garage: “No appointment necessary. We’ll hear you coming!” 

In A Restaurant Window:“Don’t stand there and be hungry, come in and get fed up!”

In the Front Window of a Funeral Service: “Drive Carefully – We Can Wait!” 

Over a Radiator Shop: “Best place to take a leak!”

On a Septic Tank Van: “Yesterdays Meal’s on Wheels”

On a Plumber’s Van: “We repair what your husband fixed”

And Finally.........

In a Non – Smoking Area: “If we see smoke, we will assume you are on fire and will take appropriate action!” 

I hope you liked this month’s newsletter if so see you next month and tell your friends, have great day, week or month and I wish you all the very best of successes out there in the “fun”, yet “challenging” and expanding world of running your own business....

   Ta, ta for now 

   ME PAT Services Ltd