Walsall Phoenix AFC

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.

electrical safety testing

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.

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

or use our free phone number 0800 066 3227

What is fixed wire inspection & test?

Q1. What is fixed wire 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

Fixed wire testing Test frequency

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.

Soldiers of Sacrifice

Electrical Test Midlands have been on the road this week.

This is what our Helen Pearson has to say (New business manager) has to say.

Well, how much do I love my job?   ABSOLUTELY LOADS!!!!

I quite honestly don’t know what each day will hold!

Recently, I was lucky enough to see the D Day sculpture ‘Soldiers of Sacrifice’ of Den Brotheridge and meet the talented artist

 

Alfie Bradley who created it.

 

“A sculpture incorporating more than 4,000 replica bullets has been unveiled ahead of the 75th anniversary of D-Day”.

‘Soldiers of Sacrifice’ represents Denham Brotheridge, believed to be the first Allied soldier to be killed by enemy action on D-Day in June 1944.

 

Artist Alfie Bradley said it was a “lasting tribute” to those who lost their lives.

 

The sculpture is due to go on a tour of England and Normandy before reaching its permanent home in Portsmouth.

 

The soldier’s form is crouched down as if to throw a grenade, but instead he is releasing a dove of peace.

 

The artwork is positioned on a base made of replica bullets to represent the 4,414 Allied servicemen who lost their lives in the first 24 hours of the invasion of Normandy.

 

Alfie also created the

 

’Knife Angel’ statue…. Standing at 26ft, made of 100,000 knives, created as a statement against knife crime.

 

He was such an unassuming chap. He asked me if I wanted him to get out of the way of the pic I was taking….🙈

Face fitting

Face fitting at Electrical Test Midlands Offices

Fit testing basics

Introduction

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.

Electrical Test Midlands Careers

***WE’RE HIRING***

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/

Or email admin@electricaltestmidlands.com

what is Periodic Fixed Installation Testing?

what is Periodic Fixed Installation Testing (or Fixed Wire Testing)?

Periodic Fixed Installation Testing (or Fixed Wire 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. All electrical circuits in a building that are fixed, such as lighting, socket outlets, supplies to air conditioning and other fixed plant need to be tested. You can find guidance for this testing and inspection process within BS7671 (The IEE Wiring Regulations).

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.

ECA backs Government plans for electrical safety in PRS

Trade body supports MHCLG move for mandated five-yearly electrical checks.
Following the Government’s response last week to a public consultation on electrical safety in the private rented sector (PRS), leading electrotechnical trade body ECA has responded to the main conclusions.

ECA Director of Technical Steve Martin commented: “ECA has long argued for regular electrical checks to take place in privately rented homes. It is vital that tenants feel safe wherever they live, and that landlords are provided with a cost-effective and practical way forward, which these proposals deliver.

“An important test will lie in the enforcement regime, and it is vital that those with oversight, such as councils, have the tools they need to ensure landlords follow the law. It is now key that the Government puts these plans into law at the nearest opportunity.”

Some of the main conclusions set out in Government’s response include:

Introducing legislation to make five-yearly electrical safety checks mandatory
Producing new guidance for landlords that demonstrates the levels of qualification and competence required to carry out electrical inspections
A commitment to ensuring the regulations are properly enforced and that there are real penalties for failing to comply
ECA Director of Employment and Skills Andrew Eldred added: The Government’s response represents a pragmatic, practicable approach that will ensure that businesses with a properly qualified and skilled workforce who follow good industry practice can deliver this vital work.

“ECA backs Government plans to provide new guidance to landlords that will put qualifications at the heart of proving the competency of those carrying out the work.”

The government’s response comes after an initial consultation was held from February to April 2018, to which ECA responded. In July 2018, Government announced that regulations would be introduced requiring private landlords to carry out electrical safety checks every five years.

The MHCLG announcement this week on electrical checks comes just weeks after the Government responded to the Hackitt Review into the Building Regulations and Fire Safety. The Government backed all of the recommendations in the Review, including the need for greater regulation, and clearer standards and guidance.

Housing Secretary James Brokenshire noted at the time: “The construction and fire safety industries are leading work to improve levels of competence – we look forward to a robust proposal that will bring coherence to the competence of all those working on buildings in scope of the new regime.”

lone working

According to online statistics website, Statista, there were 265,000 electricians working in the UK in 2017 and whilst the numbers weren’t so readily available, it would not be unreasonable to presume that many of them carry out what is referred to as “lone working” as a significant part of their daily work. This includes those employed or self-employed.

Since 2015, certain self-employed persons have been exempted from health and safety law. This is strictly limited to those whose work activities pose no potential risk of harm to others. Clearly work on electrical systems cannot be described as non-hazardous.

Lone working isn’t against the law, but it is essential that you take sensible precautions if you are going to be working alone.
Lone Working Needs Sensible Risk Assessment When deciding if it is appropriate for employees to work alone, employers need to consider if the working environment presents any significant hazard and if access presents additional risks.

Before carrying out work at someone else’s premises it is important to understand the risks inherent with the work and the location.

If they are commercial premises, there must be a record of any asbestos containing materials on the premises and workers should acquaint themselves with this before starting work.

The Control of Asbestos Regulations also require electricians to have attended formal Lone Working Needs Sensible Risk Assessment asbestos awareness training. It is important that when you chose a training provider, that they be able to demonstrate competence. AT THSP we currently have seven trainers, all approved by UKATA to deliver this training and with a passion for ensuring that operatives are no longer exposed to the life-threatening risks associated with disturbing asbestos.

Whilst an employer may have drawn up a generic risk assessment for the tasks being undertaken, it is essential that the engineer has been trained to spot any additional hazards and knows what steps to take. Some hazards can be easily addressed and controlled, however others will need to be referred to a line manager or other competent person. The Risk Assessment Builder developed by THSP is an intuitive and interactive programme allowing employers to produce site specific risk assessments in a fraction of the time it would take from scratch. Furthermore, due to the extensive data supporting the tool, users can generate over 10 million different outcomes. These assessments can be accessed online by employees along with an online briefing to demonstrate that they have received this vital information.

Current advice from HSE is that there are some high-risk activities where at least one other person may need to be present. Examples include:

Working in a confined space;
Working at or near exposed live electricity conductors; or
Health and social care work dealing with unpredictable client behavior and situations.
Risk assessments and the need to make sure they are suitable and sufficient remains a thorny issue for many employers. Some Lone Working Needs Sensible Risk Assessment companies rely heavily on libraries of generic assessments, drawn together over the years, or downloaded from remote websites or even “borrowed” from other employers. This can give “the illusion of control” and where they are clearly irrelevant, encourage employees to disregard them.

How much supervision is needed should be determined in your risk assessment, the higher the risk, the greater the level of supervision required. It should not be left to the individual lone worker to decide if they need help.

Your risk assessment should identify the possibility of an emergency arising and set out clear procedures to be followed. A first aid kit may be necessary as well as formal training.

Lastly you will need to put in place monitoring and communication arrangements. This could be:

Periodic visits by supervisors;
Regular contact by phones, radios or email;
Manually operated or automatic warning devices; and
A robust system ensuring lone workers have returned home safely.
Whatever you do, it is important to ensure that not only do lone workers have the skills, experience, knowledge and training to enable them to work safely, but that those managing them understand their responsibilities.