Electrical Safety and Compliance Testing

Q1. What is a Electrical Safety and Compliance Testing?

A. Electrical Safety and Compliance Testing 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.

Fixed wire testing 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 Electrical Safety and Compliance Testing  needed?

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 Electrical Safety and Compliance Testing needed?

A. It is recommended that  Electrical Safety and Compliance Testing 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 fixed wire testing 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 Electrical Safety and Compliance Testing?

A. Electrical Safety and Compliance Testing 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 Electrical Safety and Compliance Testing?

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  Electrical Safety and Compliance Testing 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 fixed wire testing.

 

Q6. Will Electrical Safety and Compliance 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 Electrical Safety and Compliance Testing report?

A. Electrical Safety and Compliance Testing report is 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 Electrical Safety and Compliance Testing ?

A. If the Fixed wire test 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 Safety and Compliance 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 Safety and Compliance 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 Electrical Safety and Compliance 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  Electrical Safety and Compliance 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 Electrical Safety and Compliance Testing 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

 

For more advice on Electrical Safety and Compliance Testing /Electrical Safety call Electrical Test Midlands Ltd on 01922 710014 or email on admin@electricaltestmidlands.com

Fixed Wire Test frequency

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Fixed Wire Test frequency

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/cinematography (safety) regulations, etc.

Periodic Electrical Testing Specification Confusion

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Periodic Electrical Testing Specification Confusion

Most specifications issued by contractors for Periodic Inspection and Testing services make mention of sample testing. This is an area that can often cause confusion for clients when trying to compare quotations for Periodic Testing, and also trying to ascertain the level of service they will be receiving.

Most electrical contractors will quote on the basis that 100% of electrical circuits from every Distribution Board in the installation will be tested, while only a sample (typically 10 to 20%), of the accessories on each circuit (for example sockets and light fittings) will be tested. This sample will be increased if a significant number of faults are found.

Guidance Note 3 (Inspection & Testing) does not allow for sample testing of circuits only.

When a contractor offers to insulation Test only a sample of the circuits on each Distribution Board (typically 10%), they are in effect offering a much lower level of service that will often be reflected in a lower price. The client should be aware that this lower level of service may not be sufficient to ensure compliance with the various regulations and recommendations.

If a typical electrical Distribution Board had for example 30 circuits, then a testing regime that offered to test a 10% sample of the circuits would only identify and report back on 3 of those circuits. It is also likely that the 3 circuits would be the ones that were most easily identified and tested.

Guidance Note 3 (Inspection & Testing) of the 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations recommends that the results of tests should be compared with those taken when the installation was last tested and any differences noted. Unless the reasons for such differences can be clearly identified as relating only to the sample concerned, more tests must be carried out. If these, too, fail to comply with the required values, the complete installation must be retested and the necessary correcting action taken.

The conclusion from this is that there are two possible scenarios that may arise from testing only a 10% sample of circuits:

1) The same 10% of the installation must be tested each time in order to compare results with previous test results, and the remaining 90% will never be tested.

2) A different 10% of the installation will be tested each time, in which case there will be no previous test results to compare against, and in a typical office type environment that will be tested every 5 years it will still take 50 years for all circuits to be tested.

Either scenario will very likely be a major cause of concern for any clients who correctly view Periodic Testing as a valuable Health & Safety function, as well as for insurance companies and/or the courts in the event of an accident or fire.

It is therefore felt by most industry experts that the interpretation of the guidance given in Guidance Note 3 with regard to sampling is that this applies to the accessories on each circuit as mentioned above, and not to the circuits themselves.

 

R.E.D January

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Our newest member to our sales team Sharon has ran EVERYDAY in January between 3 & 7 miles to raise money for R.E.D. R.E.D’s mission is to raise awareness and support for mental health, by promoting the positive power exercise can have on our minds and well-being. This is a great cause and if you could make a small donation just to show that Sharon’s hard work and dedication to this great cause has not gone unnoticed it would be very much appreciated not only by Sharon but also the charity. Thank you in advance.

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Mind is proud to be teaming up with R.E.D January as their official charity partner for January 2018.

Not only is R.E.D January a brilliant way to kick-start the New Year, but in taking part you are helping to raise awareness and open up the conversation about mental health.

Every penny you raise will fund Mind’s vital work such as the Mind Infoline, our information and advice service, as well as the campaigning we do to make sure everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets the support and respect they deserve.

It costs us £6 to answer one call to the Mind Infoline, our expert helpline for anyone needing advice and support about mental health problems.

Every amount you raise will truly make a huge difference to someone’s life.

ETM Electrical Test Midlands are supporting Sharon with her Goal and will be making a donation just to show that Sharon’s hard work and dedication to this great cause has not gone unnoticed.

Electrical condition report

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Today’s find ETM Electrical Test Midlands Engineer carrying out an 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

Or use our free phone number 0800 066 3227

https://www.electricaltestmidlands.com

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Electrical Test Midlands Ltd 

Dedicated to providing safe and ethical electrical inspection and testing to your business.

At (ETM) Electrical Test Midlands we pride ourselves on our high standards, and electrical inspection and testing is no exception to this. Every member of our team is dedicated to providing a high quality service, and ensuring you are fully compliant, no matter the size of the job.

Due to our hard work, and being recommended by our clients regularly, we have been able to work on projects of all shapes and sizes, and across all commercial sectors too, so no electrical job phases us.

We make sure all of our equipment is state of the art, so we can offer you an efficient and comprehensive service. Always ensuring your business follows current laws and regulations, saving you any legal bother you may have faced with previously poor electrical contractors.

To make full use of our equipment, we only hire the best staff, who are not only professional but understanding too. You will experience our staff’s high standards from the moment you start the project, when we work out a plan with you on how to complete your project, meeting all of your specific needs, and with minimal disruption to your business. All the way through to completion and recommendations rather than a hard sale for more parts.

Once you meet our team, see our equipment, and impeccable health and safety record, and experience our high level of service, you will truly understand why we have earned the amount of contracts we have, and why customers keep coming back.

Why do I have to have electrical testing performed periodically?

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Fixed Wire Testing

 

Why do I have to have electrical testing performed periodically?

The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) produce guidance note 3 which incorporates 17th edition IET wiring regulations to BS7671. Section 3 of the guidance covers Electrical Periodic Inspection and Testing.

Periodic Inspection and testing is required because an electrical installation will deteriorate over time due to a number of factors such as; damage, wear and tear, corrosion, excessive electrical loading, ageing and environmental influences.

Guidance Note 3 states that a frequency of periodic inspections should be established, taking into account the type of electrical installation, the type of use, equipment used, the maintenance regime in use, and the environment.

Electrical Test Midlands are experts in this area and we would be happy to survey your premises, examine previous reports, review your maintenance regime and advise you on the correct frequency and scope of test to ensure your statutory compliance.

At ETM we pride ourselves on our high standards, and electrical inspection and testing is no exception to this. Every member of our team is dedicated to providing a high quality service, and ensuring you are fully compliant, no matter the size of the job.

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Due to our hard work, and being recommended by our clients regularly, we have been able to work on projects of all shapes and sizes, and across all commercial sectors too, so no electrical job phases us.

We make sure all of our equipment is state of the art, so we can offer you an efficient and comprehensive service. Always ensuring your business follows current laws and regulations, saving you any legal bother you may have faced with previously poor electrical contractors.

To make full use of our equipment, we only hire the best staff, who are not only professional but understanding too. You will experience our staff’s high standards from the moment you start the project, when we work out a plan with you on how to complete your project, meeting all of your specific needs, and with minimal disruption to your business. All the way through to completion and recommendations rather than a hard sale for more parts.

Once you meet our team, see our equipment, and impeccable health and safety record, and experience our high level of service, you will truly understand why we have earned the amount of contracts we have, and why customers keep coming back.

NICEIC approved for installations

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Did you know?

 

Electrical Test Midlands Limited can provide a quotation to rectify any problems highlighted within the test reports as we are also NICEIC approved for installations as well as testing unlike many competitors. Using the same company to rectify faults can often be the most efficient solution but because of our vast experience within the testing industry our knowledge allows us to competently carry out remedial works from other companies test reports.

 

With a wealth of experience in all aspects of electrical installation, you can trust ETM to provide you with an expert level of service.Our electrical engineers all carry the relevant qualifications and are time-served professionals that know the trade inside-out.

 

This ensures that faults are easily located and rectified, existing installations are safely and legally added to, and that new build projects are planned and brought seamlessly to fruition by an enthusiastic team that share one company ethos.

 

To deliver nothing but the very best level of service, at all times.

 

The bulk of our workload lies in the commercial & industrial setting. Over the years we have forged long-lasting relationships with a number of nationwide contractors, commercial premises owners and occupiers, and carried out numerous installations in the health, leisure and educational industries.

 

As you would undoubtedly expect, this much experience rightly ensures our commercial clients a hassle-free, and expertly executed, project – from contact to completion.

Electrical test midlands are proud Sponsors

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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.