Electrical Statutory Testing & Inspection

ST&I ensures that employers, institutions and landlords fulfill their duties under current legislation by testingВ fixed installations,В portable appliances (PAT), emergency lighting, microwave appliances using traditional and modern techniques such as thermal imaging.

Each year there are around 1,000 electrical accidents at work and about 30 people die from their injuries. Electrical faults are also a major cause of fire. However, 40% of Responsible Persons admit they do not know what their legal obligations are.

In 2013, fines for ignoring electrical regulations were increased from ВЈ5,000 to ВЈ20,000; 20% of Responsible PersonsВ did not know there were any fines for non-compliance or that their insurance cover would be invalidated.

Fixed Wire Testing & Inspection

Fixed Wire/Installation Testing

To meet your obligations under The Health and Safety at Work Act and to ensure the safety of your staff, visitors, buildings and possessions, the HSE recommends that fixed installations (the wiring and equipment between the supply meter and the point of use, e.g socket outlets) are inspected and tested periodically by a competent person.

Our service ensures that employers, institutions and landlords fulfill their duties under current legislation by testing fixed installations, providing full and detailed information on test results carried out and marking equipment appropriately.

Electrical Condition Report (Fixed Wire Testing & Inspection Service)

Our electrical engineers are specialists qualified to City and Guilds 1 and 2, C+G 2377 and 2391 inspection and testing standard. We are accredited members of the NICEIC – guaranteeing that our work is of the highest standard and performed by experienced professionals.

Certification is produced using Amtech electrical certification software to provide a comprehensive compliance report which documents the work carried out, the results andВ remedial repairs where appropriate.

This information is readily accessible online to our clients within hours of tests being completed, throughВ our Computer Aided Facilities Management WebsiteВ via a secure login or supplied in an alternative format, such as paper hard copy.

Common Fixed Wire Testing & Inspection FAQ's

  • What is Fixed Wire Installation Testing?
    • Fixed Wire Installation TestingВ requires that a series of visual inspections and electronic tests be conducted by a competent person, in orderВ to establish the safety and suitability of your electrical system.

  • Which aspects of the system require testing?
    • All electrical services and systems involved in conducting electricity around your place of work. This will include all areas of hard wiring such as main panels, distribution boards, lighting, sockets etc

  • Who should undertake the testing?
    • Testing must be conducted by a qualified and experienced Electrician. Competent operatives are those who have experience of test and inspection and have been trained and qualified to City and Guilds 1 and 2, C+G 2377 and 2391. For your own peace of mind, evidence of their qualifications and experience in this type of work should be asked for.

       

  • How often is Fixed Wire Installation Testing required?
    • The law does not say how often the tests should be conducted and recommends a risk based approach i.e. testing should reflect the type of equipment, nature of workplace and levels of usage and hazard involved. However, the HSE recommends that Electrical equipment should be visually checked on a regular basis to spot early signs of damage or deterioration. Equipment should be more thoroughly tested by a competent person often enough that there is little chance the equipment will become dangerous between tests.

      The IET guidelines suggest В electrical inspections should be made regularly depending upon the nature of the premises;

      Petrol Stations = Annually

      Industrial = 3 years

      Offices = 5 years

      Retail = 5 years

      Educational = 5 years

      Restaurants and hotels = 5 years

  • What happens if the installation fails testing?
    • Any remedial works must be carried out as a matter of urgency;В we offer our customers a remedial solution to repair any defects found during the test and inspection process. We will provide a no obligation quotation to repair any defects to the standard required by BS7671 and issue the required certification once the fault has been rectified. We do not charge for the replacement of small items – only for the parts themselves.

  • Is the testing disruptive?
    • As a general rule, the tests involve isolation of the mains supply and the shutting down of individual circuits. Circuits usually require around 15 minutes for de-energisation to take place. If necessary we could carry out the testing outside of normal working hours (Which we consider to be after 5pm Monday to Friday or on Saturday).

  • What evidence do we get that the testing has been completed?
    • Upon completion of the test and inspection you should receive a report that provides the following information;

      Installation details and characteristics
      Circuit information and test results
      Schedule of items tested and inspected
      A list of defects or deviations from the British Standard (these will require attention)
      An Electrical Condition Report (formerly periodic inspection report)

      We are happy to discuss with you any of the technical aspects of the report.

  • How much will the testing cost?
    • There are many factors that can affect the cost of Fixed Wire Testing such as type of installation, location, access and availability. It is always good practice to establish a cost per test quote as this will cover both parties.

      For a quote please phoneВ 0151 559 1944

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