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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Edition 4 of the IET code of practice - update 2

The new edition of the IET Code of Practice landed on my desk yesterday. The preview information promised a new section presenting advice on the sale of pre-owned equipment so understandably I was quite excited. This promised to be good news for charity shops.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

New guidance on selling used electrical items

With more and more charities selling used electrical items, the IET (Institute of Engineering and Technology) has produced some guidelines which will feature in the new Edition of the Code of Practice.

Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Rating Plate on appliances

Our general advise is that appliances that do not have Rating Plates should not be resold. This advise is often called into question by some charity shops which have donated electrical items such as antique lamps of some value. Why do we advise this?

Sunday, 24 June 2012

PAT Testing kettles

We get asked often about PAT testing kettles. Below are some guidelines on how to go about this. We will look at corded and cordless kettles as well as travel kettles. The different heating elements used will also be covered.

Sunday, 11 March 2012

The 6 essential items required for checking electrical appliances

This post summarises the 6 essential items required for checking electrical appliances for safety before making them available for sale.

Sunday, 29 January 2012

Can charity shops sell Microwave Ovens?

Checking donated Microwave Ovens before reselling is a straightforward process for someone with the right training. This blog outlines step by step what would need to be done.



Friday, 6 January 2012

Advice from the Trading Standards Institute

Below are solutions to the requirements outlined by the Trading Standards Institute when selling used electrical items.

1.  If you are in the business of selling any second-hand electrical goods, you should be aware that the goods must meet legal safety requirements and if you sell unsafe goods, and they cause injury or damage you have to pay compensation.

Solution: Find out what is required to check electrical goods fully - Training course or Distance Learning Course