Testing and Inspection

Ensuring that electrical installations in buildings comply with regulations requires a planned programme of inspection and testing. A’TIS-EAU outlines what is involved.

By law, in accordance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, precautions must be taken against the risk of death or personal injury from electricity at work activities. Neglecting faulty electrical systems could result in injuries to employees, lost income and fines for organisations found to be in breach of statutory responsibilities. It may even invalidate insurance claims, whilst the move towards custodial sentences for directors of companies found to be in breach of their obligations is gaining pace.

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Obligations

It is therefore important to keep a record of the condition of electrical systems and help to fulfil obligations to the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974. Other guidelines that need to be considered include the IEE’s Wiring Regulations 17th Edition.

With regard to the revised regulations for emergency lighting and fire alarms, certain daily, monthly, 6-monthly and annual inspection and tests are required. The daily and monthly checks are usually undertaken by a responsible member of staff, whilst the more onerous tests can be carried out by our experienced operatives.

Pat Testing

The only way that we can determine whether electrical equipment is ‘safe, well-maintained and suitable for the purpose for which it is being used’ (the legal requirement), is if it is routinely, formally visually-inspected and instrument-tested (‘PAT Tested’). Therefore, PAT Testing is implicit in the need to ensure that such equipment, at the time of the inspection and testing at least, is indeed ‘safe, well-maintained and suitable for the purpose for which it is being used’. Without formal visual inspection and testing, how can we know if equipment is safe, whether it needs to be repaired or disposed of, or otherwise appropriately dealt with? In other words, whether it is compliant and safe for use.

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Periodic Electrical inspection and Testing

All non-domestic electrical installations should be subject to a regular programme of testing and inspection to comply with current legislation. You must ensure that all necessary precautions are being taken to reduce the risk of injury or death through electrical failure.

A’TIS-EAU Ltd Employ highly skilled, qualified and competent electricians who can inspect electrical systems to highlight potential danger areas in line with the above requirements and recommend courses of action, as appropriate.

Only an NICEIC (National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting) accredited company can provide NICEIC certification. To hold that accreditation, its engineers must hold extensive qualifications which include City & Guilds 2361, 2381 and 2391 qualifications. It is always worth checking.