Compliance Services

compliance

 

 

Helping clients fulfill their legal obligations with an accessible team of experts and engineers.

 

 

ETM’s online reporting and reminder service provides the necessary audit trail and proactive assistance to help you achieve and maintain a compliant environment.

Many clients who are responsible for electrical compliance are unaware of their legal obligations and how they may impact on their business or organisation; the employees or indeed its own customers and service users, who rely on you to be compliant.

We provide assistance in helping clients understand, where required, plan and manage the processes to undertake, manage and maintain compliance across their business.

 

ETM are accredited specialists in the following areas, providing cost effective compliance services

 Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)  Electrical Installation  Electrical Inspection  Fixed Wire Testing Repairs and Remedial 
 Electrical Compliance  Energy Monitoring  Thermal   Imaging  Emergency Lighting Testing  Fire Alarm Testing  Fire Extinguisher  Lightning Protection Legionnaires Testing

Portable Appliance Testing
Portable Appliance Testing (a PAT Test) is the best way to ensure that your organisations obligations have been met under the Health and Safety at Work Act

Fixed Wire Testing  / periodic inspection & test
Fixed Installation Testing is a report on the electrical wiring of a property; outlining any defects it may have that may prove to be a safety hazard

Emergency Light Testing
Emergency lighting testing involves the periodic test and inspection of all key components within the system.

Thermal Imaging Testing
Thermal imaging is one of the most valuable diagnostic tools for predictive maintenance. Thermography can detect faults that would otherwise go unnoticed.

Electrical Installations
We offer a complete design and install service, and play a part in offering a package which provides an inspiring workplace whatever your environment.

Etm Electrical Test Midlands was incorporated in 2004; initially as an electrical safety testing company helping companies to ensure they meet the requirements of the Electricity at Work Regulations Act 1989 by our Managing Director Richard Jones.
Over the years we have expanded our services to meet demands from customers’ requests for other services. Etm Electrical Test Midlands now provides an entire range of professional Electrical Compliance testing and inspection services to offer that ‘one stop shop’ for our customers.
As a family run company, what separates Etm apart from our competitors is the professional yet personal ‘one to one’ service our customers receive. All of our staff are easily accessible by phone or email to deal with any enquiry. That’s why we have a very impressive retention rate of existing customers which we put down to our exceptionally high levels of customer service and our commitment to quality.

Helping businesses ensure their workplace is safe and meets electrical compliance standards and to provide the best service and the highest levels of health and safety.

ETM Electrical Test Midlands offers a range of testing and certification services to support customers in managing compliance around electrical safety for new and existing installations.
For further information, call 01922 710014 or visit www.electricaltestmidlands.com for more advice

 

Electrical Compliance in Social Housing

Electrical Compliance in Social Housing

Electrical Compliance in Social Housing

Many housing associations and local councils that we work with have struggled in the past when it comes to gathering evidence for proof of access, testing, inspections and repair works. The challenge of storing and managing all the evidence, has resulted in serious paper trails and mountains of admin.

ETM Electrical Test Midlands are leading the way in high-volume electrical testing and installations in the social housing sector. Bespoke software and our online portal that we use enables us to provide customers with all the digital evidence and proof they require to easily demonstrate electrical compliance across their housing stock, whilst removing the need for any paperwork.

During the entire process, the bespoke software platform we use, enables us to take and to provide photographic evidence of the following:

ACCESS – one the biggest challenges when it comes to regular electrical testing in social housing, is getting access into the tenant’s property. Despite pre-arranged appointments from our etm admin staff with tenants, we often find that when we arrive a property, no one is there. We always take photos of the front door of the property using our software to prove that we have been to the property. Our latest vehicle tracking system also assist us. The software we use makes access photos mandatory, and automatically logs times and dates as further evidence.

VISUAL INSPECTION – Engineers use the software to record photographic evidence whilst carrying out the EICR. This could be to report potential electrical safety issues, fire risks and any remedial works required. Photos of the consumer unit, earthing and bonding arrangements are mandatory, this assists our qualified supervisors who ensure that every certificate is accurate and helps us single out certain addresses for audit purposes.

LIMITATIONS – If an engineer can’t access the fuse board or any of the electrical elements that need testing, they can provide photographic evidence of this using our software platform.

REPAIRS – ETM Electrical Test Midlands can provide ‘before and after’ photographs of any repairs that are needed/completed during the time our electrical engineers go in and carry out the electrical testing.

INSTALLATIONS – Where new installations are required, we can provide clear photographic evidence of any new electrical installations.

TENANT/CUSTOMER SIGN OFFS – Engineers record a photograph of the tenant sign off form completed before they leave the property, leaving the tenant with the original.

ASSET MANAGEMENT – If required, we can provide bespoke exit surveys to collect data, such as photos of smoke alarms within the property whilst also logging expiry dates. This provides an added value service to housing associations and local councils.

 

ETM are accredited specialists in the following areas, providing cost effective compliance services

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)Electrical Installation • Electrical Inspection • Fixed Wire Testing• Repairs and Remedial
Electrical Compliance • Energy Monitoring • Thermal Imaging • Emergency Lighting Testing • Fire Alarm Testing • Fire Extinguisher • Lightning Protection •Legionnaires Testing. ETM Facilities

ETM Electrical Test Midlands offers a range of testing and certification services to support customers in managing compliance around electrical safety for new and existing installations.
For further information, call 01922 710014 or visit www.electricaltestmidlands.com for more advice

 

Midlands Enterprise Awards

 

Etm Electrical Test Midlands was incorporated in 2004; initially as an electrical safety testing company helping companies to ensure they meet the requirements of the Electricity at Work Regulations Act 1989 by our Managing Director Richard Jones.
Over the years we have expanded our services to meet demands from customers’ requests for other services. Etm Electrical Test Midlands now provides an entire range of professional Electrical Compliance testing and inspection services to offer that ‘one stop shop’ for our customers.
As a family run company, what separates Etm apart from our competitors is the professional yet personal ‘one to one’ service our customers receive. All of our staff are easily accessible by phone or email to deal with any inquiry. That’s why we have a very impressive retention rate of existing customers which we put down to our exceptionally high levels of customer service and our commitment to quality.

Helping businesses ensure their workplace is safe and meets electrical compliance standards and to provide the best service and the highest levels of health and safety.

ETM are accredited specialists in the following areas, providing cost effective compliance services

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)Electrical Installation • Electrical Inspection • Fixed Wire Testing• Repairs and Remedial
Electrical Compliance • Energy Monitoring • Thermal Imaging • Emergency Lighting Testing • Fire Alarm Testing • Fire Extinguisher • Lightning Protection •Legionnaires Testing

ETM Electrical Test Midlands offers a range of testing and certification services to support customers in managing compliance around electrical safety for new and existing installations.
For further information, call 01922 710014 or visit www.electricaltestmidlands.com for more advice

 

Fire Marshal

fire marshall
ETM Electrical Test Midlands Admin staff and engineers qualified as Fire Marshals under the expert training by Dan Pedley and Gareth Curtis at First Response Ltd in Brownhills. We went with open minds but not really expecting to learn huge amounts…. Well, how wrong could we be? Learning about legislation to putting out our own fires, the course is jam packed full of incredibly interesting and useful information. We’re now well and truly prepared to enthuse our colleagues now…..

It might surprise you to learn that a Fire Marshal’s main duty is to prevent fires.

Sure, they have an important role to play in evacuating the building and containing and tackling small blazes in the unhappy event that a fire occurs, but it’s the day-to-day duties that can bring the most benefit.

Here are 15 ‘Reactive’ Fire Marshal duties that could keep your business safe from fire.

Fire Marshal duties 1: checking your EMERGENCY EXITS. They should be free from obstruction at all times, inside and out, and able to be opened.

Fire Marshal duties 2: checking your FIRE EXTINGUISHERS. Are they in the right position, have they been serviced, and are they indicated by signs?

Fire Marshal duties 3: checking your FIRE DOORS weekly. Are they in good working order and are they being kept closed?

Fire Marshal duties 4: checking your ‘BREAK GLASS CALL POINTS‘. These are the devices fixed to the wall where you can manually sound the fire alarm by breaking the glass. They should always be visible and indicated by signs.

Fire Marshal duties 5: checking your EMERGENCY LIGHTING every month. All the lights should be working order and if they aren’t, an electrician or fire safety company should be contacted.

Fire Marshal duties 6: testing your FIRE ALARM weekly. We’ve all experienced the weekly fire alarm test, what we might not have known is it’s often a fire marshal’s duty to carry it out.

Fire Marshal duties 7: checking your FIRE SAFETY SIGNS. Are the right signs in the right places and happily and securely stuck?

Fire Marshal duties 8: checking your GENERAL HOUSEKEEPING. Are combustible materials stored away from sources of heat? And are exit routes kept clear and free of clutter?

Fire Marshal duties 9: checking your SMOKING AREAS. Are they kept clean and ashtrays emptied regularly?

Fire Marshal duties 10: controlling your HAZARDOUS MATERIALS. Are flammable liquids and other dangerous substances kept correctly?

Fire Marshal duties 11: carrying out NEW STAFF SAFETY INDUCTIONS. Did you know that all new starters must have fire safety awareness training, and all staff should have an annual refresher?

Fire Marshal duties 12: making sure electrical devices are PAT TESTED. Faulty electrical devices are one of the most common causes of workplaces fires.

Fire Marshal duties 13: organising FIRE DRILLS at least annually. Your team should know how to exit the building in case of fire and the evacuation procedure should be assessed to make sure it works.

Fire Marshal duties 14: managing all PAPERWORK AND THE LOGBOOK. Legislation requires that all fire safety activities are accurately documented.

Fire Marshal duties 15: owning your FIRE RISK ASSESSMENT. Alongside your ‘Responsible Person’, your Fire Marshals can help deliver the recommendations in your Fire Risk Assessment.

 

ETM are accredited specialists in the following areas, providing cost effective compliance services

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) • Electrical Installation • Electrical Inspection • Fixed Wire Testing• Repairs and Remedial
• Electrical Compliance • Energy Monitoring • Thermal Imaging • Emergency Lighting Testing • Fire Alarm Testing • Fire Extinguisher • Lightning Protection •Legionnaires Testing

ETM Electrical Test Midlands offers a range of testing and certification services to support customers in managing compliance around electrical safety for new and existing installations.
For further information, call 01922 710014 or visit www.electricaltestmidlands.com for more advice

 

 

Emergency Lighting Testing

 

 

Emergency Lighting Testing
Emergency Lighting Testing Emergency lighting systems are installed to provide assistance in evacuating a building in the event of loss of supply to the general lighting circuits through fire for instance. The Fire Precautions (workplace) Regulations 1997 state that “Emergency routes and exits requiring illumination must be provided with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in case lighting fails”. It is the responsibility of all employers to ensure that these systems are suitably maintained and checked to ensure they are safe and compliant. All emergency lighting systems should now be installed, tested and inspected in accordance with BS5266-1.
Who is responsible?
Realistically, everybody has a duty to ensure the safety of others whilst at work; however, your employer will have ultimate responsibility for electrical safety. If nobody at your place of work is clear on who is responsible, then the responsibility falls on the most senior person. It is important to know who has the responsibility for safety and welfare of staff in order to establish that compliance is achieved.
What does it involve?
Emergency lighting test and inspection requires that every circuit supplying an emergency light is isolated to demonstrate that the internal battery in the emergency fittings keeps the exits illuminated during power failure. Every 12 months a 3 hour run down test is performed to ensure the battery is capable of doing so for the desired period. Each light is inspected to ensure it operates correctly and that the lamp inside is sound. Furthermore the inspecting engineer will ensure that there are a sufficient number of lights and that the correct evacuation legends are fitted.
Who should do the work?
It is recommended that in BS 5266-8, that a ‘competent person’ should be appointed to supervise servicing.

ETM are accredited specialists in the following areas, providing cost effective compliance services

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) • Electrical Installation • Electrical Inspection • Fixed Wire Testing• Repairs and Remedial
Electrical Compliance • Energy Monitoring • Thermal Imaging • Emergency Lighting Testing • Fire Alarm Testing • Fire Extinguisher • Lightning Protection •Legionnaires Testing

ETM Electrical Test Midlands offers a range of testing and certification services to support customers in managing compliance around electrical safety for new and existing installations.
For further information, call 01922 710014 or visit www.electricaltestmidlands.com for more advice

 

Facilities Management

Looking for a perfect solution for your business?

Our team of experts will help you create what you need. We solve your problems so you can focus on your business.

We are a family-owned business with over 20 years’ experience of helping businesses just like yours.

From small beginnings, we are now among the top facilities providers – and we work with some of the most recognizable brand names out there.

Our success is built on our ability to solve problems with unique, tailored solutions. Whether you’re looking for a single or bundled solution, we know that we can help you achieve your goals.

We offer a wide-range of FM services and manage everything from single site premises to national portfolios.

Supply & Installation 

Commissioning

Servicing

Break Downs

Ventilation,

Air Conditioning

Electrical, Chillers

Refrigeration, Fire Alarms

UPS & Generators

Fire Risk Assessments

Duct Cleaning

PPM, Legionella, Boilers,

Ventilation, Electrical

Chillers, Air Conditioning

Fire Alarms. Refrigeration

UPS & Generators

 

ETM Facilities Supply chain

We see our supply chain as much more than just sub-contractors and suppliers. They are a proud extension of ETM Facilities. Therefore, our aim is to make our supply chain a reflection of our company and help to continually support and aid our supply chain. As a result, we make huge efforts to choose the right companies and to maintain and improve our relationships with them over the long term.
Our approach is to build strong, open and positive relationships with suppliers and providers who share our values and to make them an integral part of our business.
Engaging with a fully integrated supply chain throughout the construction process, from initial bid through to award and practical completion, will provide all involved with new and exciting opportunities.
ETM Facilities is committed to a local supply chain wherever possible. This is achieved through working with local companies near to the location of the project. We aim to operate within a 50 mile radius to fully appreciate the multiple benefits gained from localism.
Working within the local community has shared multiple benefits. These include local knowledge, local people, support for the local economy and a smaller carbon footprint.
If you would like to join our Supply Chain please email richard@electricaltestmidlands.com and a PPQ will be sent to you to complete and return.

ETM are accredited specialists in the following areas, providing cost effective compliance services

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) • Electrical Installation • Electrical Inspection • Fixed Wire Testing• Repairs and Remedial
• Electrical Compliance • Energy Monitoring • Thermal Imaging • Emergency Lighting Testing • Fire Alarm Testing • Fire Extinguisher • Lightning Protection •Legionnaires Testing

ETM Electrical Test Midlands offers a range of testing and certification services to support customers in managing compliance around electrical safety for new and existing installations.
For further information, call 01922 710014 or visit www.electricaltestmidlands.com for more advice

 

PAT Testing

 

PAT Testing

Reducing the risk of electrical accidents

All portable electrical appliances should be tested to make sure they are safe to use along with evidence that you have carried out the necessary regular tests to meet your health and safety requirements.

ETM Electrical Test Midlands understand the regulations and requirements that you need to comply with to make sure your staff and buildings are protected against electrical accidents and meet your insurer’s requirements.

Our qualified team of engineers perform all the necessary tests with minimum disruption in your working environment and compile reports that are made readily available.

Supported by a proactive and responsive team, we work with our clients to quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively deliver an overall personal level of service by specialists in PAT testing.

Our clients have access to all reports through our client reporting portal, along with personal service to send reports as and when required. Meaning a quick, efficient and complete audit facility is provided to help you track and manage your portable appliances.
ETM are accredited specialists in the following areas, providing cost effective compliance services

 

Helping businesses ensure their workplace is safe and meets electrical compliance standards and to provide the best service and the highest levels of health and safety.

 

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)Electrical Installation • Electrical Inspection • Fixed Wire Testing• Repairs and Remedial • Electrical Compliance • Energy Monitoring • Thermal Imaging • Emergency Lighting Testing • Fire Alarm Testing • Fire Extinguisher • Lightning Protection •Legionnaires Testing. etm Facilities

ETM Electrical Test Midlands offers a range of testing and certification services to support customers in managing compliance around electrical safety for new and existing installations.

For further information, call 01922 710014 or visit www.electricaltestmidlands.

Emergency Light testing

 

Emergency Light testing is carried out to ensure the lights work correctly. They are important to health and safety and should illuminate exit routes. These routes are for people leaving the building in a emergency. A safe exit must always be illuminated.

Emergency lights are used for various reasons as follows;
Loss of power.
Failure to the lighting system.
Fire.
If the emergency lights do not work correctly; this could result in serious outcomes which include injury and death.

Emergency lighting testing is a requirement by UK law, This ensures all exit routes are illuminated. This is for all places with guest access and include the following:

Guest Access.
Public Access.

Emergency Light testing should be carried out on a regular basis. Once complete the emergency light test should be placed in the log book. This will include the time and date. Once completed by a contractor you should also receive a emergency light certificate.

Emergency light testing Schedule:

Daily Emergency Light Test: Check LED’s are on.
Monthly Emergency Light Test: Switch test switch of to ensure emergency lights come on.
Annual Emergency light Test:Switch lights of to ensure emergency lights illuminate for 3 hours.
Types of emergency lights:
1. Non–Maintained Emergency Light: These emergency lights only illuminate only when the main power fails.

2. Maintained Emergency Light: Dual served emergency lights that work in normal operation with the lighting system. When the power cuts out, the emergency lights illuminate through a battery pack back up.

3. Sustained Emergency Light: Is a combination of the maintained and non maintained emergency lighting.

Emergency Light Test Legal requirements;
Emergency light testing is a legal requirement. The tests are UK law and should not be ignored follow this external link for more information on your emergency light test.

Failure to comply with these requirements can result in prosecution. You could ultimately end up in a criminal court if there is serious injury or death; as a failure to comply with the emergency light testing procedures.

Emergency Light Certificate and emergency light inspection and testing

Emergency Lighting Certificate
Emergency light certificate are similar to electrical certificates in appearance. They are required after a emergency light testing and inspection has been carried out at your property. Emergency Light testing is recommended by LAW in the UK for health and safety; the emergency light certificates must be held in a safe place as proof of compliance.

You will receive your emergency light certificate from the etm Electrical Test Midlands; once the emergency light testing has been completed. This will provide you with any recommendations that require fixing on the installation. These recommendations can be damage; deterioration; defects or dangerous conditions.

How often should you get a emergency light certificate?

There are various time scales for emergency lit testing to be carried out. But the recommendations are as follow;

Weekly emergency light tests. (Checking the LED are on)
3 Monthly emergency light Tests. (Switching the power of to ensure lights illuminate)
6 monthly emergency light Tests. (Let the batteries discharge for 1 hour to see if the lights stay on)
Annually emergency light Test (Let the batteries discharge for 3 hour to see if the lights stay on)
The only main requirement above is the annual test; although it is highly recommended that you carry out the other tests. This is to ensure safety.

Did you know…..?
Each Employer; Building Controller or Building Owner (The Responsible Person); must protect employees or any other persons legally entering their premises. Emergency lighting Systems must meet requirements of BS5839 or else will be deemed non-compliant.

If you do not have time to call; fill in our Contact us form for your Emergency Light testing.. We will call you back at a convenient time for you.

To be ready for your full emergency light inspection; find out what you should do here

Emergency Light Inspections Check List
Emergency Light Inspection
Emergency Light Inspection Check List:
Below is a list of thing required for your emergency light inspection. We request you follow this before an etm Electrical Test Midlands engineer arrives. This ensures you are ready for your emergency light testing.

Make sure your electrician can access the consumer unit. Any items blocking the consumer unit could prevent the emergency light inspection.
Please provide us a estimate of height for the consumer unit. This way we can bring appropriate ladders. This is to ensure access is adequate.
Make sure the installation is live upon arrival. If there is no electricity we cant carry out the test.
It is recommended you carry out a 1 hour test on the lights. This is so you know they work.
Count the amount of emergency lights we are testing; let us know the amount of lights and locations. This is to ensure we do not miss any.
Ensure you have located all emergency light inspections switches. Provide make if possible; this ensures we bring the correct keys with us.
Full tests may be carried out in these circumstances; Early signs of dangers/recommendations present; Locations not available. If this happens you will still be charged.
Provide any previous reports or drawing you have on the emergency light installation.
Provide any previous certificates or periodic inspection reports so we have an idea of the history of the electrical installation.

ETM are accredited specialists in the following areas, providing cost effective compliance services

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) • Electrical Installation • Electrical Inspection • Fixed Wire Testing• Repairs and Remedial
• Electrical Compliance • Energy Monitoring • Thermal Imaging • Emergency Lighting Testing • Fire Alarm Testing • Fire Extinguisher • Lightning Protection •Legionnaires Testing

ETM Electrical Test Midlands offers a range of testing and certification services to support customers in managing compliance around electrical safety for new and existing installations.
For further information, call 01922 710014 or visit www.electricaltestmidlands.com for more advice

Thermal Imaging

 

What is thermal imaging used for?

Thermal imaging is a method of improving visibility of objects in a dark environment by detecting the objects’ infrared radiation and creating an image based on that information. Thermal imaging, near-infrared illumination, low-light imaging and are the three most commonly used night vision technologies.

ELECTRICAL INSPECTION AND TESTING
WHY DO I NEED TO CARRY OUT ELECTRICAL INSPECTIONS – THERMAL IMAGING?

The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989 requests a “duty of care” on landlords and employers to maintain electrical systems to prevent danger. Thermal imaging is a widely used method as it can identify problems that the naked eye cant and it is non-invasive or intrusive. Thermal imaging can detect potential problems within the electrical distribution system without the need to isolate circuits. Images can be taken of key components captured in a thermal image and a digital image. Thermal imaging gives you the ability to carry out live testing whilst meting your obligations under legislation.

Thermal Imaging

By detecting anomalies often invisible to the naked eye, thermography allows corrective action to be taken before costly system failures occur. Thermal Imaging or Thermography is the process of using a special camera designed to look only for heat by way of infra red (IR) energy waves. Potential problems can often be found due to excess heat being released by an electrical system, even those which would normally produce some heat when performing at their optimum level.

If undetected these problems can lead to failure and can result in expensive production loss or downtime and, in the most extreme case, can lead to fire. A regular programme of thermal imaging as part of routine maintenance can highlight potential problems long before any event. As a result any required repairs can be planned for in terms of both time and budget. In short, it is an invaluable resource for predictive maintenance. Thermography has applications in many different areas which are listed below.

Thermography can detect the following in electrical systems:

  • Loose connections
  • Overloads
  • Phase imbalances
  • Corrosion
  • High resistance in fuses and switchgear

Thermography can detect the following in mechanical systems:

  • Motor overload
  • Worn Bearings
  • Boiler seal leakage
  • Insulation breakdown
  • Hydraulic, steam and hot water systems
  • Tank levels and insulation
  • Valves
  • Turbines

 

WHO SHOULD DO THE WORK?
This type of work must be carried out by a qualified and experienced test Engineer. All of our Engineers are fully qualified electricians who have experience of test and inspection, and hold Level 2 thermography certifications. Remember to ask contractors to provide evidence of qualifications before undergoing any works.

ETM are accredited specialists in the following areas, providing cost effective compliance services

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) • Electrical Installation • Electrical Inspection • Fixed Wire Testing• Repairs and Remedial
• Electrical Compliance • Energy Monitoring • Thermal Imaging • Emergency Lighting Testing • Fire Alarm Testing • Fire Extinguisher • Lightning Protection •Legionnaires Testing

ETM Electrical Test Midlands offers a range of testing and certification services to support customers in managing compliance around electrical safety for new and existing installations.
For further information, call 01922 710014 or visit www.electricaltestmidlands.com for more advice