Are Site Inductions required?

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Are Site Inductions required?

Yes, site inductions are a legal requirement, and each person should receive a site specific induction at every new site they work on. Site inductions are a great way to provide employees with the site-specific health and safety rules and requirements, and any particular hazards they need to be aware of.
A business must provide information, training and instructions to protect both workers and visitors on a construction site. Inductions provide people with the basic knowledge of work health and safety requirements such as the key risks on site they need to be aware of and what to do in an emergency.

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

Fixed Appliance Testing

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Fixed Appliance Testing

Why you need Fixed Appliance Testing?

Is your business controlling its electrical risks or is there more you could be doing?

Fixed Appliance Testing is an aspect of electrical testing which is frequently neglected by business owners and landlords but it is just as important as PAT Testing. We take it for granted that the fixed appliances we use constantly, such as storage heaters, cookers and hand driers will be fine but, as with any electrical item which undergoes regular use is susceptible to wear and tear. Therefore, the importance of regular electrical testing of your rented or company’s electrical equipment cannot be emphasised enough from both a Health & Safety and liability perspective. Without a Fixed Appliance Test, would you have known that a cooker was dangerous? Would you have known that there was a real risk of fire due to a loose connection in the cooker outlet, not to mention a damaged cable?

Faulty fixed appliances can be fatal and the majority of them do not get tested. Around a thousand work-related electrical accidents are reported to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) each year and about 30 people die of their injuries. ETM Electrical Test Midlands is striving to promote Fixed Appliance Testing because it is not discussed widely enough within the electrical industry or the world at large. Ensuring that you have a systematic programme of inspecting and testing to check the both portable and fixed appliances greatly minimizes the risk of injury and fires as there is a higher chance of spotting faults and rectifying them.

What is a fixed appliance?

A fixed appliance is an electrical appliance which is usually connected to the electricity supply via a fused outlet to which the flex is permanently connected. Fixed appliance examples are: storage heaters, hand dryers, cookers, machine tools.

Below are examples of fixed appliances:

Fixed Appliance Testing for hand dryers

Fixed Appliance Testing for storage heaters

Fixed Appliance Testing for cookers

Fixed Appliance Testing for water heaters

Do you supply or rent out any electrical appliances?

You have probably heard this repeated before but all employers, organisations and landlords have a duty to meet numerous Health and Safety requirements and one of the ways in which this can be done is by choosing ETM Electrical Test Midlands to help you! Our Fixed Appliance Testing service can include a full, visual and combined inspection and electrical safety test (from the electrical outlet to the appliance) including all cable and control units as well as labelling and a certificate of testing. Under the current Fixed Appliance Testing regulations we can certify each fixed appliance from one to five years depending on the equipment type, installation and environment.

Our Fixed Appliance Testing guarantees
Experienced Fixed Appliance Testing engineers, fully qualified City & Guilds 2377 or above to ensure expertise
CRB vetted Fixed Appliance Testing engineers
Full range of tests performed as recommended by the IEE Code of Practice (The Institute of Electrical Engineers) – the IEE Code of Practice is basically the Inspection and Testing Bible in the electrical world and is worth a read, especially if you are directly involved in Health & Safety.
Immediate re-testing after our Fixed Appliance Testing engineers conduct free repairs.

All reports include certification and detailed itemisation which will be issued onto our client portal.
We are SAFEcontractor accredited and a registered member of The NICEIC and the Government Standard Trustmark. The NICEIC is one of the five regulatory bodies in the UK.
All our Fixed Appliance Test engineers are smartly turned out in ETM Electrical Test Midlands uniform and strive to work in harmony with our clients!
If you would like a Fixed Appliance Testing quotation, please utilise the ‘GET A PRICE’ button at the top of this page or, alternatively, 01922 710014 to speak to one of the team.

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

Electrocution death: calls for electrical safety legislation to be implemented

An electrical safety campaign group has called on the government to implement planned legislation on checks in private rented housing, following the death of a professor who was electrocuted.

Prof. John Alliston died after touching a live copper pipe as he was gardening in 2017. Although a jury at Gloucestershire Coroner Court deemed the death as accidental, it said the tragedy happened due to a lack of Residual Current Protection. The court also heard that the rented property had not had an electrical safety check.

A heating element which was defective had conducted electricity to pipes connected to the boiler, which had not been earthed.

When will the electric safety legislation be implemented? electrical safety checks - a clipboard

In January of this year, the Government announced that mandatory electrical safety checks would need to be carried out every five years on private rented housing in England. The legislation will be introduced in a two-year phasing period – the start of which has yet to be confirmed.

Phil Buckle, Chief Executive at Electrical Safety First (electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk), commented: “The Government’s decision to commit to introducing mandatory electrical safety checks in the private rented sector – after years of campaigning by Electrical Safety First – was a welcome step in improving the safety of private tenants in England.

“The recent, tragic death of Professor Alliston, who died of electrocution in the garden of his rented property, illustrates the importance of this essential safety requirement.

“Electrical Safety First is extremely concerned that the Government has not yet provided a time-scale to implement these checks, particularly since it announced its intention of doing so last year.

“It is essential that the Government provides clarity in relation to electrical inspections in the private rented sector, both in terms of timeline and how these inspections will be enforced.

“We also want to emphasise the importance of ensuring that the enforcement body is funded sufficiently to undertake its work effectively and the importance of using a competent, qualified and registered electrician to undertake such checks.”

 

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

Join Our Team

 

The best way to help our clients is by investing in our culture of a family run business. Regardless of title, every employee has direct access to the Directors to help empower and support our team members.

Our culture extends outside our four walls, ETM has a significant presence in the Midlands and North-South regions of the UK, employing local people, connecting customers, companies and communities. We are proud that through our regional events we make substantial economic contributions to both the business and charitable community. See the Why ETM for more details.

Looking for a career where you are valued? Have a desire to develop your relevant technical skills and extend your knowledge? Want to share your experience and expertise to help inform and develop other team members?#

Current Vacancies

Electrical Test Engineers

 

The job of Electrical test engineer involves working as part of a team or individually to complete commercial electrical condition reports.

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 of reports, pay door to door, plenty of overtime.

The Role

To carry out electrical installation condition reporting.

Such work to include:

Must possess an ability to work as part of a team or on own initiative, to enable completion of the work in a safe and professional manner and as far as is reasonably practicable minimising impact to the client, whilst achieving the required work volume and output required by the company.

The role requires a person with good communication skills, capable of working (and communicating with site engineers to achieve the completion of reports within specified times).as part of a team.

Duties to include the requirement for carrying out electrical condition reports.

Essential:

Must be an innovative self-motivated individual, capable of performing to high standards.

Possess recognised electrical qualification preferably as a time served electrician

City & Guilds Level 3 Certificate in requirements for Electrical Installations (current IEE wiring regulations) 18th Edition Regs. City & Guilds Inspection, Testing and Certification of Electrical Installations or equivalent (2391/2394/5

It’s The People That Make The Team

Electrical Test Midlands take great care to promote personal and professional development, to build mutual trust and respect, and to recognise and reward outstanding achievement. Our people are by far our most important asset and we pride ourselves on building on the talent and creativity of our team.

Electrical Test Midlands values talent and intelligence, diversity and complexity. We share a passion for our technology and we believe that our ideas can change the industry for the better.

Potential candidates must have a strong desire to:

Bring their contribution to the industry Build a strong career, while enjoying life Consistently stretch their limits They must also be able to demonstrate attention to detail, be passionate about their workmanship – and be able to work closely with other team members.

If you believe you are ready to join ETM then why not tell us why you think you would make a strong addition to the team – we’re always looking for great people.

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

 

LED energy saving lighting?

LED energy saving lighting?

 

Our LED energy efficient lighting design, installation and supply services are all you need to ditch the enormous electricity bills associated with traditional incandescent or fluorescent industrial lighting.

LED lighting systems consumer up to 50% less energy than traditional lights, leading to huge utility savings and slashing running costs by as much as half. Your organisation will also benefit from reduced carbon emissions.

What’s the first step to getting LED energy saving lighting?
If you are interested in saving money through LED lighting solutions and want to minimize you company’s impact on the environment then simply give us a call. We will send an electrician from our cannock branch to visit your site, who will survey your existing industrial lighting and confirm its running costs. We then fit a small test area with LED commercial lights and a monitoring system that displays before and after power readings, then carry out a comprehensive LED energy saving audit.

LED commercial lights feature longer lifespan
Interior and exterior LED lighting has a very long life expectancy because they do not have a filament that burns out, requiring you to change the bulb. In fact, the lifespan of LED commercial lights is up to twenty times longer than fluorescent or incandescent lighting systems. They average 100,000 hours at full brightness, that’s eleven years, dramatically reducing maintenance costs.

You can save energy and money by replacing traditional commercial lighting systems with LED, but don’t take our word for it!

We use an energy monitoring system to test and verify your LED lighting savings, giving you complete peace of mind and confidence in your new energy efficient lighting.

A one-stop shop for commercial lighting
Not only do we design, install and supply LED lighting projects, we also offer a range of additional related services:

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

Compliance Services

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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