Inspection & testing of Electrical Installations

SHOWERFAULT

The pictures shows a shower switch 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

http://www.electricaltestmidlands.com

 

Electrical Test Midlands Ltd at the Venus Awards

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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 recognise, 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.

Electrical test midlands are proud Sponsors

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Walsall Phoenix AFC youth
Hawks final preparations for the season was an excellent friendly with the new lads fitting right in to the squad. 8-0 win well done lads Electrical test midlands ltd are proud Sponsors 

smoke alarms

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A landlord has been charged with gross negligence manslaughter after two young boys died in a fire at a house where no working smoke alarms were fitted. Kamal Bains, 50, from Birkby, Huddersfield, will appear at Kirklees Magistrates’ Court next Friday, August 18, charged with two counts of the offence, West Yorkshire Police said. Logan Taylor, three, and two-year-old Jake Casey died in the blaze in Alder Street, Huddersfield, in February. Their mother and an older brother managed to flee the house before firefighters arrived. In the wake of the tragedy West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service’s deputy chief fire officer, Dave Walton, urged people to check they have working smoke alarms in their homes.

Face mask fitting at Electrical Test Midlands Offices

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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.

What is the difference between a near miss and an incident?

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Q:
What is the difference between a near miss and an incident?

A:

There are two terminologies commonly used, and even though they’re related it’s important not to confuse one with each other.
• A near miss is a type of incident that could have been an accident if the parameters were changed, such as distance, people, task, or tools.
• An incident involves the injury of a person, equipment or property damage due to the failure of engineering processes, inefficiency of employee’s abilities to do the task correctly, kinetic, electrical, and weather to mention a few.
Simply put, all near misses are incidents but not all incidents are near misses

electrical safety testing

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The pictures shows a socket 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. As well as the possible safety issues relating to this, there was some considerable downtime incurred too which had a commercial impact on the client.
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

Electrical Test Midlands Ltd are proud to sponsor Walsall Phoenix AFC

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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

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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

Accredited by the Altius

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Electrical Test Midlands are proud to announce they have been Accredited by Altius.

Altius was founded in 2007 by its current directors to provide significant benefits to clients with, or working in, supply chains. Extensive experience in complex, large and demanding supply chains combined with a proven track record of using modern information technology gives Altius a unique ability to quickly deliver valuable benefits to their clients.

The team has used lessons learnt over decades in high risk, regulated and competitive industries to develop a unique understanding of the challenges for both purchasing and selling organisations. Natural problem solvers and an enormously talented IT development team have then invested significant time, energy and passion to create innovative processes and systems that deliver efficient, dependable and cost effective solutions.

The entire team at Altius is committed to providing the best possible customer service and to do their very best to be helpful, friendly and approachable. Customer feedback is always valued and used to guide continuous improvement.

The Altius Promise

We will use our experience, resources and systems in the most effective way we know how to make your supply chain safer, more reliable and more competitive whilst at all times operating with honesty, transparency and integrity.
– See more at: http://www.altiusva.com/about/#sthash.lkDWr4sA.dpuf