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Electrical Testing

An electrical installation condition reporting (EICR) is the name given to a process of visual and physical testing conducted on installations such as electrical wiring, circuits, accessories, and connections and is based on inspecting and testing the entire electrical system within your premises.

Laws and Regulations

Legislation requires electrical installations to be maintained in a safe condition and therefore, must be periodically inspected and tested. Routine inspections enable you to provide a safe place of work for your employees and visitors.

Ensure compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) and BS7671: 2008 (IEE Wiring Regulations). Incorporating Amendment 3:2015.

Benefits

  • Ensure compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations and BS7671: 2008 (IEE Wiring Regulations)
  • Confirmation and peace of mind that the installation is not damaged or deteriorated so as to impair safety
  • Target maintenance activities in the most high risk area
  • Aids site managers to budget for electrical work and reduces costly failures and down time of the electrical installation.
  • Increases safety in your workplace
  • Improve corporate image by demonstrating a commitment to health and safety issues
  • We have engineers spread across the UK and five offices to ensure we are responsive to customer needs.

Added Value

  • Safely stored online electronic reports
  • Electronic circuit charts
  • Electronic network schematics
  • Free online web portal access (securview)
  • Free minor remedial works while on site
  • Supplementary Thermal Surveys
  • Directly employed staff (No subcontractors)
  • Fully CRB/DBS vetted engineers
  • Fully ID’d Uniformed Engineers
  • Fully Qualified test engineers to current BS7671 standards and all associated codes of practice from our nationwide network of engineers
  • Dedicated point of contact… on all projects undertaken
  • Contractor specifications… exceeding industry standards
  • Accurate Costings & Quotations within 24 hours
  • A copy of the market leading testing software and your projects raw data… for full editablilty and control *conditions apply
  • Our engineers are flexible with their work schedule and are able to work evenings and weekends to meet your schedules and to ensure minimal disruption is caused to your operations.

In addition, we provide remedial solutions to repair and correct dangerous or non-compliant issues found during the test and inspection process, ensuring that your systems remain in full working order.

Tasks/Stages Involved

Each circuit’s cable and accessories such as sockets, light switches and light fittings undergo electrical inspection and testing to identify deficiencies in an electrical installation before they become serious hazards. Over time all electrical installations deteriorate due to age, visual damage, wear and tear, loading, mechanical damage, overheating environment and poor maintenance. Then the wiring of each circuit will undergo a series of tests to make sure the wiring is safe and that the circuit is wired correctly.

Questions & Answers

How do I prioritise the defects found from my electrical testing?

Undertaking your electrical installation inspection and testing is the first step to compliance. You will receive your electrical installation condition report (EICR) as well as a remedial quote that will outline every defect with a code categorising the severity of each defect. Outlined below is the system used as specified by the British Standard (BS 7671: 2015, Amendment 3):

'Danger present' the safety of those using the installation at risk and it is recommended that a competent person undertakes the necessary remedial work immediately.

'Potentially dangerous' the safety of those using the installation be at risk and it is recommended that a competent person undertakes the necessary remedial as a matter of urgency.

'Requires improvement' but not unsatisfactory.

Having your electrics tested and inspected is a requirement of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and Electricity at Work Regulations 1989. As the duty holder, this is not where your responsibility ends.

When defects have been identified that are dangerous or potentially dangerous, remedial repairs need to take place straight away to make sure that all occupants are protected from danger and equally as important that you, the employer have completed the essential repairs to ensure the installation is compliant.

What are my obligations for electrical testing?

Electrical testing – also called periodic inspection and testing, fixed wire testing or electrical installation conditioning report (EICR) –  is a significant part of any companies Health & Safety procedure. Additionally, many insurance companies demand their clients to undertake periodic electrical testing.

The frequency of testing is determined by the use of any given building, and should be undertaken by a competent person, ideally by companies registered with electrical regulatory bodies such as NICEIC or the ECA. The process is finalised when a business receives a valid Electrical Installation Condition Report.

When should I organise electrical testing?

Maximum period 5 years between inspections and testing:

  • Commercial
  • Offices
  • Shops
  • Hospitals
  • Educational establishments
  • Restaurants and hotels
  • Public Houses

 

Maximum period 3 years between inspections and testing:

  • Industrial
  • Leisure complexes (excl pools)
  • Theatres
  • Agricultural & horticultural

For some special installations, for example swimming pools, petrol stations and caravan parks, it is recommended that inspections and testing is undertaken annually.

 

Who does it apply to?

All commercial, industrial and retail environments, and where the premises are available to the public.

 

What is it?

A regime to periodically examine and test all electrical installations, and to recognise any deficiencies and safety problems against current statutory H&S documents, relevant British Standards and Codes of Practice.

Our engineer’s inspection will disclose any overloaded circuits or equipment, discover any shock risks or fire threats, spot defective electrical work, expose lack of circuit protective conductor or bonding, and give an overview of the installation.

 

Why do I need it?

Defective fixed electrical installations present a risk of death through fires and electric shocks. Ensuring that all your electricals are in good working order is essential to maintain a safe environment.

 

Do I need to get my electrics tested?

All your electrical equipment and installation will require maintenance and checking at some stage in its life to stay compliant. This depends on the regulations for each different type of equipment. Each type of electrical equipment requires a specific timing for the inspections. For example, some equipment may need to be checked more regularly than others such as every six months rather than annually.

 

Why is it important to get my electrics tested?

Because safety matters!  It helps you comply to your requirements as duty holders, and it goes towards helping you adhere to legislation but more importantly you get your electrics tested to keep you all safe and sound. Free from the danger that electrics present, danger from shock and burns, from fire or heat arising from defective installations and to ensure that there has been no damage or deterioration that may impair safety.

 

Is it the law to get my electrical equipment tested?

Yes! Please visit our services page to read more detail into the regulations that apply to each service as each service has different regulations. You will find that you must abide by The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, Health and Safety 1974 and various other laws.

 

How often should I get my electrical equipment tested?

Electrical equipment ought to be visually monitored to identify early signs of damage or deterioration. Ensure you check wires, connectors and the devices themselves. Equipment should be more thoroughly tested by an experienced person or company such as a compliance company such as ourselves (Lantei) or a competent electrician.

Depending on the environment of the electrical equipment, the regularity of the testing will differ. Equipment used in harsh environments ought to be tested more often than equipment that is less likely to become impaired or hazardous.

 

How often should I get my electrical installation tested?

Electrical installations should be checked often enough that there is little chance of decline in quality which could develop into danger. Any part of an installation that has become clearly flawed between tests should be disconnected until the fault can be corrected.

You should have your electrical installation examined and tested by a person or company who has the capability to do the tests.

 

What are the benefits of getting my electrical equipment tested?

Getting your electrical equipment and installation tested is highly recommended as it increases the safety of the people within the building and the building itself. It provides you with peace of mind that everything is safe and allows you to be ensured that you are likely to be benefiting financially from failures in equipment that may be costly. Furthermore, your corporate image will improve through abiding my all the regulations associated with electrical testing.

 

Will this service disrupt the running of my business?

This is possible; however, it depends on which services are carried out during the visit and the condition of the electrical circuits and appliances that are being serviced. For example, a faulty wire that is being repaired may require the electrics being turned off. Our engineers are aware that businesses need to run as normal, therefore they will try and prevent disruption wherever they can.

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