Electrical Safety the Priority at Andrews Sykes

The UK's largest specialist hire company, Andrews Sykes, is equipping its local depots and hire centres with advanced new electrical safety testing technology as part of its rigorous quality control and health and safety policies.

The company has recently taken delivery of a number of new SafeCheck 8 testers from Clare Instruments, along with integral Test N Tag printers to help the company's rental centres continue to meet their electrical safety testing responsibilities.

The compact Safecheck 8 testers have been specifically designed for the hire and rental sector to enable all relevant electrical safety tests to be carried out fast and effectively, prior to equipment being supplied to customers.

"The safety of our staff, customers and the public is a top priority for the company. Health and safety representatives at each company location receive regular training to ensure that they are up to speed with best practice and legal requirements. Effective training is supported by the use of the most up to date and technically advanced equipment and our use of the Safecheck 8 testing system forms part of this commitment," said Barry Phillips, the technical manager of Andrews Sykes.

The Clare units being used by Andrews Sykes have been specially adapted to the company's specification, incorporating the ability to test 3 phase powered equipment for earth continuity, insulation, flash test and to allow the printing of all the test results.

The new testers are being used at the Andrews Sykes depots to verify the correct functionality and safe operation of all types of comfort cooling, air conditioning, heating, temperature control and ventilation systems, as well as pumps and other associated plant equipment.

All equipment that has been returned to any of the 35 Andrews Sykes depots following hire is routinely serviced, tested and recorded before being made re-available for hire.

A special feature of the SafeCheck 8 is the ability to record details of all test results, time and date of tests, together with the identity of the person carrying out the test. This data is stored in the unit's internal memory for subsequent print out of test reports or transfer to a PC for fully traceable audit trails for quality assurance and safety management purposes.

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