Electrical engineering is a hugely significant element within the building services industry, and plays a big part in the operational efficiency and safety of any building.
As the owner/occupier of a commercial enterprise, it is your responsibility to ensure that your working environment and the electrical equipment used within it, is safe to use and fit for purpose. This principal extends from the integrity of a portable electrical appliance (e.g. a kettle or photocopier), to the coverage and performance of emergency lighting within your building.
The identification and inspection of these elements are covered by a range of tests which are to occur at defined frequencies. These tests are designed to highlight deficiencies which could affect the operational efficiency of your business, and more importantly a potential risk to the health and safety of employees and all other building users.
Are you aware that failure to comply with some regulations can invalidate your insurance cover, provide a huge risk not only to individuals, but the financial stability and potential future of a company if an accident were to occur? See below a list of key electrical tests which should be undertaken at all properties and acknowledged within a robust maintenance regime.
In addition to testing, we also have extensive experience in the delivery of project-based electrical works; such as power upgrades, commercial and architectural lighting, central battery systems and P.V. (photo voltaic) arrays.
Installation of additional power outlets, to a complete building rewire and everything in between. Comfort Building Service is equipped to deliver a comprehensive range of electrical services and provide the necessary guidance and support to ensure total compliance moving forward.
Electrical testing which should form part of your maintenance regime:
Fixed Wiring Inspection & Test
Five Year Fixed Fabric Electrical Test and Inspection – To test your installation on a 100% test and inspection basis and to produce a ‘Periodic Certificate’ for the purpose of meeting your obligations of The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989: Regulation 4(2). All inspections and tests are undertaken in compliance with the IEE Wiring Regulations BS7671-2008, amendment 1.
Includes: Verification of all circuits as far as is reasonably practicable; External visual inspection of all accessories with an internal inspection of a sample of the electrical accessories. Earth Continuity test to all Final & Sub-circuits. Other Electrical tests as deemed necessary; Provision of test results where tests have been undertaken for final & Sub-Circuits; A report with an NICEIC Periodic Inspection Certificate and a list of any defects will be produced.
PAT (Portable Appliance Test)
Portable appliance testing or PAT is a process for testing the safety and integrity of electrical appliances by means of an electrical test and thorough visual inspection.
Although there is no legal requirement to carry out portable appliance testing, the employer is required under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 to ensure that any electrical equipment is maintained in a safe condition. The frequency of testing/inspection is dependent on the type of equipment and the environment it is used in.
Upon completion of the inspection and testing you will receive the following:
- An inventory containing each appliance type, name, location and description
- A full set of test results for each appliance tested
- A full list of any failed items with an explanation of their failure
- A visible pass or fail label on each appliance detailing the inspection date, next test due and the inspector’s signature
Emergency Lighting Test
The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in England and Wales stipulates that the Responsible Person or Competent Person acting on their behalf, must ensure that the premises and any facilities, equipment and devices are subject to a suitable system of maintenance and are maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair.
BS EN 50172: 2004 / BS 5266-8: 2004 recommends that the minimum prescribed inspection and testing is carried out at the following intervals:
- Daily – Visually inspect indicators of central power supply for correct operation
- Monthly – Short duration test
- Subsequent annual test – Full discharge test
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