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.

Introduction

Electrical Testing

ST&I ensures that employers, institutions and landlords fulfil their duties under current legislation by testing portable appliances, fixed installations, emergency lighting, thermal imaging and microwave leakage. We provide full and detailed information on test results carried out and mark equipment appropriately.

Those with responsibilities and duties;

Employers

Institutions

Landlords

Under The Health & Safety atВ Work Act 1974 everybody has a duty to ensure the safety of others whilst at work; however, the Duty Holder will have ultimate responsibility for electrical safety; unless otherwise specified in your Health and Safety Policy then the responsibility will fall on the most senior person.

The relevant legislation

The Health & Safety atВ Work etc. Act 1974

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

Guidance

British Standard 7671 (17thВ Edition, 2008)

IEE Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment

Microwave ovens in the workplace must meet the requirements of BS5175: 1976 ‘Safety of Commercial Electrical Appliances using Microwave Energy for Heating Foodstuffs’.

Requirement to Test

Everyday wear and tear on electrical appliances can cause damage resulting in the risk of electrical shock or even fire.

The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations (PUWER) 1998 and The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, place a statutory responsibility on employers, institutions and landlords ‘to maintain electrical systems as far as is reasonably practicable to prevent danger’, and to ensure that all types of electrical equipment, from distribution systems down to the smallest electrical appliance are inspected and tested.

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

All extracts from government research and guidance publications are used courtesy of the UK Government Licensing FrameworkВ 

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