Compliance Services

compliance

 

 

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

 

Emergency Light testing

 

Emergency Light testing is carried out to ensure the lights work correctly. They are important to health and safety and should illuminate exit routes. These routes are for people leaving the building in a emergency. A safe exit must always be illuminated.

Emergency lights are used for various reasons as follows;
Loss of power.
Failure to the lighting system.
Fire.
If the emergency lights do not work correctly; this could result in serious outcomes which include injury and death.

Emergency lighting testing is a requirement by UK law, This ensures all exit routes are illuminated. This is for all places with guest access and include the following:

Guest Access.
Public Access.

Emergency Light testing should be carried out on a regular basis. Once complete the emergency light test should be placed in the log book. This will include the time and date. Once completed by a contractor you should also receive a emergency light certificate.

Emergency light testing Schedule:

Daily Emergency Light Test: Check LED’s are on.
Monthly Emergency Light Test: Switch test switch of to ensure emergency lights come on.
Annual Emergency light Test:Switch lights of to ensure emergency lights illuminate for 3 hours.
Types of emergency lights:
1. Non–Maintained Emergency Light: These emergency lights only illuminate only when the main power fails.

2. Maintained Emergency Light: Dual served emergency lights that work in normal operation with the lighting system. When the power cuts out, the emergency lights illuminate through a battery pack back up.

3. Sustained Emergency Light: Is a combination of the maintained and non maintained emergency lighting.

Emergency Light Test Legal requirements;
Emergency light testing is a legal requirement. The tests are UK law and should not be ignored follow this external link for more information on your emergency light test.

Failure to comply with these requirements can result in prosecution. You could ultimately end up in a criminal court if there is serious injury or death; as a failure to comply with the emergency light testing procedures.

Emergency Light Certificate and emergency light inspection and testing

Emergency Lighting Certificate
Emergency light certificate are similar to electrical certificates in appearance. They are required after a emergency light testing and inspection has been carried out at your property. Emergency Light testing is recommended by LAW in the UK for health and safety; the emergency light certificates must be held in a safe place as proof of compliance.

You will receive your emergency light certificate from the etm Electrical Test Midlands; once the emergency light testing has been completed. This will provide you with any recommendations that require fixing on the installation. These recommendations can be damage; deterioration; defects or dangerous conditions.

How often should you get a emergency light certificate?

There are various time scales for emergency lit testing to be carried out. But the recommendations are as follow;

Weekly emergency light tests. (Checking the LED are on)
3 Monthly emergency light Tests. (Switching the power of to ensure lights illuminate)
6 monthly emergency light Tests. (Let the batteries discharge for 1 hour to see if the lights stay on)
Annually emergency light Test (Let the batteries discharge for 3 hour to see if the lights stay on)
The only main requirement above is the annual test; although it is highly recommended that you carry out the other tests. This is to ensure safety.

Did you know…..?
Each Employer; Building Controller or Building Owner (The Responsible Person); must protect employees or any other persons legally entering their premises. Emergency lighting Systems must meet requirements of BS5839 or else will be deemed non-compliant.

If you do not have time to call; fill in our Contact us form for your Emergency Light testing.. We will call you back at a convenient time for you.

To be ready for your full emergency light inspection; find out what you should do here

Emergency Light Inspections Check List
Emergency Light Inspection
Emergency Light Inspection Check List:
Below is a list of thing required for your emergency light inspection. We request you follow this before an etm Electrical Test Midlands engineer arrives. This ensures you are ready for your emergency light testing.

Make sure your electrician can access the consumer unit. Any items blocking the consumer unit could prevent the emergency light inspection.
Please provide us a estimate of height for the consumer unit. This way we can bring appropriate ladders. This is to ensure access is adequate.
Make sure the installation is live upon arrival. If there is no electricity we cant carry out the test.
It is recommended you carry out a 1 hour test on the lights. This is so you know they work.
Count the amount of emergency lights we are testing; let us know the amount of lights and locations. This is to ensure we do not miss any.
Ensure you have located all emergency light inspections switches. Provide make if possible; this ensures we bring the correct keys with us.
Full tests may be carried out in these circumstances; Early signs of dangers/recommendations present; Locations not available. If this happens you will still be charged.
Provide any previous reports or drawing you have on the emergency light installation.
Provide any previous certificates or periodic inspection reports so we have an idea of the history of the electrical installation.

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

What’s the difference between fixed wire tests and PAT Testing?

What’s the difference between fixed wire tests and PAT Testing?

PAT and fixed wire testing are often viewed as the same service, when in fact they are hugely different. Each test requires various, diverse skills and equipment to complete. Read on to help better understand the differences between PAT and fixed wire testing.

What do each of the tests cover?

Fixed wire testing covers the safety inspection and testing of electrical systems within a building. This is a legal requirement for any business or organisation and must be completed by a qualified professional.
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) covers the testing of individual electrical appliances within a building, commonly tested items include kettles, toasters, printers, PC’s and monitors. These tests can be carried out by a competent and suitably trained responsible person or by a qualified PAT engineer.

How does your organisation pass each of these tests?

For fixed wire tests, your organisation will need to pass a certain amount of requirements, and take note and action any recommended deviations concerning flagged electrical issues that are currently safe but likely to deteriorate over time. The flagged deviations are coded in severity ranging from C1 ‘Danger Present’ to C3 ‘Improvement Recommended’, these are reviewed regularly and in line with the standards and guidance all electrical engineers should work to.
At this point, the tester can also recommend when the next test should be done, dependent on how many ‘red flags’ are brought up.
On the other hand, PAT Testing your equipment will simply receive a ‘Pass’ or ‘Fail’ and tests differ slightly dependent on the piece of equipment. In more extreme cases, the appliance may be removed from the premises in the event of it failing. Reasons an appliance can fail include;
The equipment not being properly set up.
The age of the electrical equipment.
Damaged equipment unsuitable for continued service.
Are Fixed Wire and PAT Tests required for all organisations?
All business owners and landlords should ensure that fixed wire tests are completed by a suitably qualified engineer; or in the case of PAT a suitably qualified or competent person. This is a requirement of The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.

How long do the certifications last?

Although there are no legal requirements defining how often you should get your PAT Testing certificate renewed, we would highly recommend that you get your portable equipment tested a minimum of every 2 years to ensure it’s compliant and safe for use. For more high risk items, such as appliances that are exposed to harsh weather conditions, or continued regular use a professional PAT Testing company will recommend more regular tests.
Fixed wire tests are slightly different and legally requires you to get tests done every 5 years in commercial premises, however in some circumstances we would recommend you have a re-test sooner than this. This period between tests will vary dependent on the type of premises.

What is the price difference of the 2 tests?

This is completely dependent on the job at hand and will be calculated on survey or assessment. PAT Tests usually need to be done more often but are shorter jobs to complete, whereas fixed wire testing can take our engineers longer due to the complexity of the process. ETM Electrical Test Midlands can provide you with a no obligation quote and assessment of your requirements to ensure that we complete the job with as little disruption as possible. ETM Electrical Test Midlands commit to providing excellent quality of service at great value, and with a 96% customer satisfaction we really re getting there!

Can etm complete both PAT and fixed wire testing?

Yes! Our certified engineers are qualified to complete both of these tests and we are dedicated to bringing you quality, efficient service every time. Our team of fully qualified engineers are located across the UK. The team can also provide Emergency Light Testing, Fire Alarm Testing, Fire Extinguisher Servicing and we have highly skilled engineers who can repair faulty electrical

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