Fixed Appliance Testing with the new Apollo 600
- Published: Tuesday, 19 February 2013 10:28
Seaward’s latest multi-purpose portable appliance tester is specially equipped to carry out the ‘point to point’ testing of fixed appliances, as recommended by the 4th edition of the IET Code of Practice.
Specially designed for risk-based portable appliance testing, the new Apollo 600 is also equipped to carry out the earth continuity and insulation tests required on fixed appliances.
The new Code of Practice recognises that the inspection and testing of appliances such as hot air hand dryers and water boilers can be more complex than portable and non-fixed equipment but this does not mean that only visual inspections are required.
A full combined inspection and test is required at relevant intervals, performed by a person competent to carry out this more complex arrangement of work, also involving safe isolation procedures. The ability of the Apollo 600 to undertake these tests means that the inspection and test results can be stored and used for complete traceability and assessment of risk to determine re-test periods.
As well as fixed appliances, the Apollo 600 incorporates a comprehensive suite of fast and accurate electrical safety tests to enable all workplace appliances to be tested, including 3 phase equipment and RCDs.
Special features include a built-in digital camera enabling visual evidence to be taken during inspections, and an integral universal risk assessment tool allowing hazards to be recorded, risk scores to be calculated and re-test intervals to be determined.
For broader health and safety management applications, the new instrument also hosts a range of onboard reports for fire detection and emergency lighting.