I have been training a company this week and we have come across this dangerous adapter:

Dangerous adapter

Dangerous adapter

This adapter is quite frankly dangerous and completely unnecessary. If you plug this adapter into any appliance with a cloverleaf socket (this will be an appliance that needs and earth) the only lead you can use is a fig 8 lead and this will remove your protection against electric shock. I have never seen this adapter before and am shocked they are in circulation. One quick search and I can see them on eBay, specialist cabling websites and more worryingly at a national store here in the UK. Please do not use these adapters, please buy the correct cloverleaf lead (approx. cost £1.50-£3.50), if you are a PAT tester it is your obligation to point out the risks of abuse these adapters pose and you should fail them all, remove from service and give them to the duty holder of the business. If you see any unusual adapters, leads, plugs and I have not talked about them, let me know. Thanks Ian