Plans for mandatory five-year electrical safety checks

 

electrical installations

Every business has an obligation to make sure that their electrical installations comply with Health & Safety legislations and regulatory standards to ensure their staff and customers / visitors are safe.

The risks of failing to meet these standards can be life-threatening and can have a negative impact on your reputation and profits.

Electrical Test Midlands ensure that your workplace, employees and visitors are safe and that your electrical installations comply with the highest standards.

From PAT testing to fixed wiring inspection and testing to emergency lighting testing, we will ensure that your business is a safe and compliant environment, remove the risk from your business and give you peace of mind without the hassle of dealing with multiple companies.

We are fully accredited and have over 20 years’ experience in providing testing and compliance services and guarantee that all work will be carried out in accordance with the relevant standards and approved codes of practice.

Reports are uploaded to our Client Area, meaning you can access current and historic reports quickly and easily 247

electrical safety testing

The pictures shows a mcb that we recently removed from a client’s critical infrastructure premises following on from a fault. The terminations were loose and as a result this caused overheating on the circuit. Fortunately the fault was identified before any serious damage was caused.
This could have quite easily led to the whole distribution board going up in flames, and who knows what the repercussions of that could have been.
So, the moral of the story is, don’t underestimate the benefits of operating a good planned maintenance and inspection programme!
Inspection and test
One good reason for carrying out electrical safety testing on your building. Loose connections found while carrying out electrical safety testing.
Loose connections could cause a fire, this fault would be classed as a C1 Fail Code -Danger Present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required.
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.

For more information on electrical testing please phone us on 01922 710014

Or use our free phone number 0800 066 3227

PAT Testing Regulations

 

PAT Testing Regulations

Conforming to PAT testing regulations will help you to ensure that the portable appliances in your business are safe and help you to avoid violations. PAT testing legislation was put into effect to ensure that all companies conform to the Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974, Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989, Provision and Use of Work Equipment regulations of 1998 and the Management of Health and Safety at Work regulations of 1999.

The current law requires that all employers maintain portable appliances and ensure their safety. This is done through testing of the appliances to safeguard against damage and to make certain that these items perform properly.

PAT testing law requires that all landlords, employers and even self-employed individuals make sure that their portable electrical appliances are safe and are suitable and used for the purposes intended. These appliances should always be maintained properly and remain in good working order.

The guidelines are designed to make certain that this equipment is kept protected and is preserved through regular maintenance as well as inspections and periodic testing. Damage and fault can occur with all electrical equipment use which makes it essential that these items are tested regularly for safety.

PAT testing is done to ensure that all electrical equipment that is classified as “portable” is deemed safe for use. The legislation deems that any competent person can perform it by using a PAT instrument or tester. The visual examination of each appliance in addition to the actual PAT test should be performed only by someone who is deemed competent.

According to PAT testing legislation, a competent person is someone who has experience or knowledge of being able to check and test appliances for safety purposes. Those with knowledge of electricity in general as well as anyone who has experience in electrical work can be deemed capable.

It is imperative that employers, landlords and self-employed individuals follow the rules to ensure that their workplaces are safe. Testing can be done by any number of PAT testing companies or individuals can obtain certification to perform their own testing by successfully completing coursework in this field.

Venus Awards

Our very own Nadine Jones Director of Electrical Test Midlands Ltd at the Venus Awards.

Referred to as the Working Women’s Oscars, the Venus Awards were formed in 2009 to recognize, reward and celebrate local working women in business. The Venus Awards began in Dorset and has since exploded into other regions across the country. Culminating with an annual National Final that truly represents the inspirational women who balance and juggle their lives relentlessly and unconditionally, who inject their communities with a sense of feminine robustness and solidity only a woman can provide.

Women play such a pivotal role in our local economies, it is crucial that hard-working business women have the spotlight shone upon them. As the Venus phenomenon rolls on across the country, more women in business will stand up and let the world know what they do, how they do it, and the challenges they face. This typically leads to more women helping each other through mentoring, networking and plain old doing business together. Raising awareness of the successful women in our midst and publicly acknowledging them underlines the economic force women have become.

Periodic Electrical Inspection & Testing Frequencies

 

Why Do We Need To Test?

There are various factors that can lead to an electrical installation to degrade over time.

 

Electrical accessories such as light switches and socket outlets can sustain damage through use or even misuse, cables may deteriorate and if not installed correctly may sustain damage too also with connections possibly becoming loose.

 

The type of site, electrical installation and use of the premises all play a part in the deterioration of the electrical system. Along with issues like external influences (rain/snow/ice), extreme heat and possibly exposure to chemicals, one area that often effects the safety of electrical installations is the maintenance, or in many cases, the lack of maintenance.

 

Testing Provides Preventative Maintenance

 

As business continuity is an important factor for most businesses, finding a fault before it’s becomes a problem is key to business success.

 

This will to only save you time and money but may well also save lives too.

 

Electrical Test Midlands can help you, and your business comply with the many aspects of electrical compliance, from Fixed Wire and Portable Appliance Testing and thermal imaging.

 

Periodic Electrical Inspection & Testing Frequencies

Commercial Premises: 5 yrs (or at change of occupancy)

Offices: 5 Years

Shops: 5 Years

Cinemas: 1-3 Years (Licensing rules may determine the frequency)

Schools/Colleges: 5 Years

Churches: 5 Years

Marinas: 1 Year

Leisure Center (excluding Pools): 3 Years

Restaurants/Pubs: 5 Years

Hotels: 5 Years

Theaters: 3 Years

Community Centers: 5 Years

Swimming Pools: 1 Year

Caravans/ Caravan Parks: 1 Year

electrical condition report

One good reason for carrying out electrical safety testing on your building.
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.

For more information on electrical testing please phone us on 01922 710014

Electrical faults

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.

Corporate & Social Responsibility

Corporate & Social Responsibility
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.

electrical compliance services

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.

 

PAT TESTING

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.

 

 

Periodic Fixed Installation Testing

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.

 

 

Thermal Imaging

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.