Electrical faults – the most common cause of fire in the workplace. Electrical faults cause a large proportion of non-residential fires, often with serious consequences. Fires that start in this way can often begin suddenly and unexpectedly and can spread to their surroundings with alarming speed. A range of electrical appliances and machinery is needed for most jobs and it’s vital that all equipment is safe, checked regularly and in good working order. Poorly maintained electrics and wrongly used appliances can potentially cause a problem. Overloaded plug sockets, for example, can quickly overheat and become a fire hazard. Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is often an insurance requirement. Whilst not actually a legal requirement, these tests, undertaken every year, will ensure that your electrical goods stay in good working order and are fit for purpose. Fixed wiring installations must be checked by a competent electrician every 5 years. For a full Compliance assessment of your workplace, contact us for a quote.
At Electrical Test Midlands Ltd, corporate responsibility is an integral part of how we do business. Being a responsible company is fundamental to our long-term sustainability.
We are committed to creating sustainable value for our clients, our employees and the communities in which we live and work. In the UK, we demonstrate our commitment to corporate responsibility with numerous regional initiatives and the dedication of both time and money.
Electrical Test Midlands Ltd has a major presence in the Midlands and North South regions of the UK, employing local people, connecting clients, companies and communities. We are proud that through our regional events we make substantial economic contributions to both the business and charitable community.
This is supported by our active investment in communities and our charitable giving programme. Through this, we aim to enhance our contribution to the UK economy and make a positive difference to the regional communities where our events take place.
Electrical Test Midlands are exceptionally proud of the work our charities do within our regional communities. We have had the privilege of supporting the work of Macmillan, Mind, St Giles & Well Wishers
We aim to continue to make a significant investment in our community investment programme and support corporate fundraising and volunteering for all charities and registered good causes. Each year we adopt and support many regional charities across the UK as well as a national charity.
The ethos of our business is giving back and that is why we ensure that our regional events are always about business and community.
Our electrical compliance services address all the demands of relevant legislation, regulations and standards that surround safety in electricity. Unlike many providers, we offer total compliance services, from testing to repairs, allowing our clients to rest assured that the electrics in their working environment are safe.
Making sure you are operating in a safe environment and maintaining electrical compliance with safety legislation is vital. Electrical Test Midlands are experts in providing clients with all the information and required services they need to maintain total compliance.
Is the systematic checking of any equipment which has a plug. Our certified engineers ensure that the portable appliances in your working environment are thoroughly tested, delivering a full report within hours of completing the tests. Read more about our PAT Testing Services or contact us for a quote.
Involves testing the electrical circuits and systems that distribute electricity around a building. It covers all the hard wiring in a building, whether that building is commercial, industrial or residential. Read More about Fixed Installation Testing or contact us for a quote.
Is a very effective means of diagnosing electrical faults and failures. Loose connections, which can lead to a build-up of heat and fire, can be identified using thermal imaging cameras, operated by our experienced engineers. Read more about Thermal Imaging or contact us for more information.
Once electrical safety testing has been completed the resultant remedial repairs must be completed. The risk is that an accident or incident occurs after tests identify a fault but before that fault is remedied. Electrical Test Midlands is unique in that we will identify the faults and offer an Electrical Remedial Repairs service – contact us for a quote.
Electrical Test Midlands Ltd are proud to sponsor Walsall Phoenix AFC
Walsall Phoenix AFC
Walsall Phoenix AFC was established in 1897. The club has achieved the Football Associations Chartered Club Standard accreditation and continues to maintain this award through the Football Associations annual health check process. They have a senior and youth section and have established committees for both and are affiliated members with Staffordshire and Birmingham County FA. The senior section currently run four Saturday senior sides playing in the Staffordshire County Senior League and the Birmingham AFA on a Saturday afternoon including an over 35 veteran’s team. They also have a senior team playing in the Lichfield and Walsall District league on a Sunday morning and an adult ladies team which plays in the Central Warwickshire Ladies Football League on a Sunday afternoon. Their youth section was reformed in the autumn of 2008. They have seen significant developments over this period with our section. It has an established academy and 16 teams offering children, both girls and boys, the opportunity of taking part in football activities in a safe, friendly, and organised environment. Their youth teams are members of the Walsall Junior Youth League, Lichfield & District League, Midland Junior Premier League and the Central Warwickshire Girls Football League. They also run a youth academy on a Saturday morning which is open to girls and boys from the ages of 3 to 6 years old, working on skills and games but focusing on fun and allowing children to develop at their own pace.
One good reason for carrying out electrical safety testing on your building. Incorrect fuse wire installed wile carrying out electrical safety testing at one of our clients site.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989-Reg 4(2) state “The need for maintenance to be done to ensure safety”. As such all commercial premises must be electrically tested and certified to ensure they can continue to be used safety.
BS7671 wiring regulations to the latest edition sets out the requirements for all electrical installations in the UK. The Institute of Engineers and Technology (IET) produce guidance notes to enlarge on the wiring regulations and set out guidance on how compliance can be achieved. Guidance Note 3 covers the Inspection & testing of Electrical Installations.
An electrical installation should be periodically inspected by a qualified electrical engineer. ETM (Electrical Test Midlands) are experts in this field and will advise any customer who may be unsure of the periodicity or scope of the Inspection & Test.
A. A fixed wire inspection & test is an inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify (in order of priority) any deficiencies against the national safety standard for electrical installations.
A periodic inspection will:
• reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment is overloaded • find any potential electrical shock risks and fire hazards in your electrical installation • identify any defective DIY electrical work • highlight any lack of earthing or bonding Tests are also carried out on wiring and associated fixed electrical equipment to check that it is safe.
Q2. Why is a fixed wire testing & test required?
A. Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important for the person responsible for the maintenance of the installation to be sure that the safety of users is not put at risk, and that the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition.
According to Government statistics, each year on average 10 people die and about 750 are seriously injured in accidents involving unsafe electrical installations in the home.
Q3. When is a fixed wire inspection & test needed?
A. It is recommended that fixed wire inspection & test is carried out at least every:
• 10 years for a domestic installation • 5 years for a commercial installation • 3 years for caravans • 1 year for swimming pools
Other instances when a periodic inspection should be carried out are:
• when a property is being prepared to be let • prior to selling a property or when buying a previously occupied property • where there is reason to believe that damage has been cause to the building such as flooding or fire.
Q4. Who should undertake a fixed wire inspection & testing ?
A. Periodic inspections are best left to an experienced electrician or electrical engineer who holds a City and Guilds 2391 – Inspection, Testing and Verification of electrical installations with relevant experience in the installation types being tested.
Q5. What happens during a fixed wire inspection & test?
A. The NICEIC Approved Contractor will check the electrical installation against the requirements of BS7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations ( IEE Wiring Regulations) – as amended, which is the national safety standard for electrical installations, and contains around 850 Regulations.
The period inspection will take into account all relevant circumstances including the following factors:
• Adequacy of earthing and bonding • Suitability of the switchgear and controlgear e.g. consumer unit e.g. an old fusebox with a wooden back, cast iron switches, a haphazard mixture of such equipment is likely to need replacing • Serviceability of equipment e.g. switches, socket-outlets and light fittings e.g. older round pin sockets, round light switches and braided flex hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches, sockets mounted in skirting boards may require replacing. • Type of wiring system and its condition e.g. cables coated in black- rubber, black-rubber was phased out in the 1960s or cables coated in lead or fabric are even older and may need replacing (modern cables use pvc insulation) • Provision of residual current devices for socket-outlets that may be used to plug in electrical equipment used outdoors • Presence of adequate identification and notices • Extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration • Changes in use of the premises which have led to, or might lead to, deficiencies in the installation.
The Approved Contractor will provide an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) as part of the periodic inspection.
Q6. Will fixed wire inspection & testing cause a lot of disruption to the power?
A. A short power outage can be expected on each circuit within the system. But because most of the testing is carried out whilst the system is still live, these outages can be planned around your daily activities
Q7. What is a periodic inspection report?
A. An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is a formal method of recording the findings of the periodic inspection, on at least seven pages.
The main purpose of a EICR is to report on the safety condition of an existing installation. Box E on page 1 should describe the overall condition as either ’satisfactory’, in which case no immediate remedial work is required, or ‘unsatisfactory’ which means remedial work is required to make the installation safe to use.
Q8. What happens after a fixed wire inspection & test?
A. If the fixed wire inspection & testing Report recommends improvements to the installation, Electrical Test Midlands will provide a fixed price quotation for the remedial work to be carried out if you require one.
Q9. Is electrical testing a requirement of my insurance company?
A. Increasingly, insurers are insisting that inspection and testing be carried out on a regular basis. If an avoidable accident or a fire occurs where electricity is suspected to have been the cause, then under law if found guilty you will be deemed to have committed a criminal offence. Insurers will not pay fines or compensation suffered resulting from a criminal offence.
Q10. My insurers have recently carried out a site survey and they didn’t ask me to have electrical testing carried out?
A. A visiting inspector will not necessarily identify the need to maintain electrical safety at every inspection he makes, especially if there are other issues to be addressed. Because testing has not been specifically demanded does not mean that the legal requirements to comply with electrical safety do not apply.
Q11. Why have I not needed to have testing carried out before?
A. There has always been a requirement to satisfy Health & Safety legislation. In 1989 The Electricity at Work Regulations came into force, which clarifies the need to maintain electrical systems safely. So there has always been the need and test data results will form a major part of your defense should an accident occur which leads to prosecution.
Q12. What does it cost to have my portable appliances and/or electrical installation tested?
A. Costs are based on a cost per circuit or appliance tested multiplied by the numbers involved. This, together with the existing condition of and accessibility to the system will determine the overall cost. Please contact us on 01543 546 547 to assess your portable appliance testing or electrical testing needs further.
Q13. I rent my business premises, is testing my landlords responsibility or mine?
A. You are responsible to make sure that you and your staff complies with Health & Safety legislation. However, it is usually dependent on the terms of your lease as to whether you or your landlord pays for testing to be carried out on the electrical installation. Usually, if you are on a full repairing lease then the cost will fall to you. Portable Appliance testing will always be at your expense.
Q14. I have been told that I only need to have a percentage of the system tested in order to comply.
A. As per the IEE Regulations, you can only rely on sample testing if you hold previous full system records, the installation is considered to be in excellent condition, no faults are found during sample testing and no undocumented alterations have been carried out since the system was new or last tested. This does not hold true for the vast majority, for which full inspection and testing should be undertaken.
Q15. What will happen if I don’t have testing carried out?
A. Unless and until you suffer an accident then probably nothing will happen. However, remember that maintenance of a safe electrical system is a legal requirement. Therefore a preventable accident could lead to prosecution, for which there will be no insurance cover. You may also find that an insurance loss adjuster could make much of the fact that you may not have maintained the system adequately which could have led to the claim. Again, this could lead to an unsuccessful claim and a costly experience.
Q16. I run a small business; do I need to have my portable appliances tested?
A. The Electricity at Work Regulations applies to all businesses from multi-nationals to sole traders. So you still need to comply.
Q17. I am afraid that my electrical installation is quite old; won’t testing open a can of worms in terms of remedial work costs?
A. Because we accurately identify any faults found, the cost of remedy in most cases is not too great. The majority of problems found involve earthing deficiencies, which although potentially very dangerous are not usually hugely expensive to remedy.
Q18. How will I know when my next inspection and test is due?
A. A periodic test notice will be applied to your mains board indicating the next due test date. We hold records of all clients, together with re-test dates on our database and remind clients when re-tests are due. Electrical Test Midlands will notify you automatically 3 months prier your testing due date. All your reports will be on our portal which you can access 247 via our website
Test frequency on new builds will be set by the designer responsible for the fixed wire installation. Thereafter it is specified by the test engineer in line with the following guidelines:
Maximum period 5 years between inspections and testing
Commercial (or change of occupancy) Offices Shops Hospitals Educational establishments Restaurants and hotels Public Houses
Maximum period 3 years between inspections and testing:
Industrial Leisure complexes (excl pools) Theaters Agricultural & horticultural Note that for some special installations (eg swimming pools, petrol stations, caravan parks) the recommended maximum period between inspections and testing is one year. Other regulations may apply such as Local Authority conditions/cinematograph (safety) regulations, etc.
Where RPE is used, it must be able to provide adequate protection for individual wearers. RPE can’t protect the wearer if it leaks. A major cause of leaks is poor fit – tight-fitting facepieces need to fit the wearer’s face to be effective.
As people come in all sorts of shapes and sizes it is unlikely that one particular type or size of RPE facepiece will fit everyone. Fit testing will ensure that the equipment selected is suitable for the wearer.
What you need to do
The best time to do fit testing is at the initial selection stage, when individual users can be given a choice of adequate models of RPE. You should ensure that the make, model, type and size of facepiece that they wore when they had their successful fit test is made available for their use. If an employee wears more than one type of tight-fitting facepiece, then each type of facepiece should be fit tested.
How to do it
RPE fit testing should be conducted by a competent person – you should take steps to ensure that person who carries out the fit test is appropriately trained, qualified and experienced, and is provided with appropriate information to undertake each particular task. The British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) has introduced a scheme for , which may provide evidence to help you decide whether a fit tester is competent.
A note on facial hair
Many masks rely on a good seal against the face so that, when you breathe air in, it is drawn into the filter material where the air is cleaned. If there are any gaps around the edges of the mask, ‘dirty’ air will pass through these gaps and into your lungs. It is therefore very important that you put your mask on correctly and check for a good fit every time.
Facial hair – stubble and beards – make it impossible to get a good seal of the mask to the face.
If you are clean-shaven when wearing tight-fitting masks (ie those which rely on a good seal to the face), this will help prevent leakage of contaminated air around the edges of the mask and into your lungs. You will therefore be breathing in clean air, which will help you stay healthy.
If there are good reasons for having a beard (eg for religious reasons), alternative forms of RPE, that do not rely on a tight fit to the face, are available.
Due to the expansion of our team, we are looking for Commercial inspection & test engineers to join our company. This involves working as part of a team or individually to complete commercial electrical fixed wire testing.
In return, a generous rewards and benefits package will be offered which includes, generous holiday entitlement, pension, healthcare scheme.
You will also be provided with an ETM Van, PPE, and company uniform and test equipment to enable completion installation works. No stopping out, pay door to door, plenty of overtime.
More details of this role are below. If you do believe you have the necessary experience and qualifications why not upload your CV to our website following this link. https://electricaltestmidlands.com/career/