Fixed electrical installations (light switches, plug sockets, wiring circuits) in premises all deteriorate with time and usage and could possibly become a fire hazard. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 requires fixed electrical installations to be periodically tested and inspected by a qualified engineer. This type of test and inspection is known as an Electrical Installation Condition Report and it is an in-depth test and inspection of the electrical installation reported on a form that complies with current wiring regulations. All of the accessible electrical accessories (socket outlets, switches, etc.) are visually inspected, with 10% of them being inspected internally. This means that the accessories are opened up to expose the wiring and terminals to establish if there is anything to suggest poor installation or quality of materials.
The installation is also inspected for the presence of bonding conductors, the correct type and location of switchgear and that the installation is being used correctly.
A detailed test follows, where a range of tests are carried out on each circuit to determine that the safety measures that have been put in place will operate correctly in fault conditions. This includes determining that the earth fault path is effective enough to result in automatic disconnection of the supply in the event of a fault, that the wiring is in good condition and that the residual current device (RCD) operates quickly enough to avoid any danger to the users of the installation.
In line with the Regulatory Reform Order (Fire Safety) 2005, the Responsible Person for the premises must ensure that the fire door and frame are correctly installed and will prevent the spread of fire. The integrity of a fire door is also affected by the products and hardware attached to it, some of which are mandatory, and this must also be taken into consideration. For a lay person, all of this is difficult to judge – especially for older buildings with original fire doors that were compliant when new and may have been modified or damaged over time. Our qualified inspectors will assess your fire doors for suitability and provide a clear report on what is and is not compliant.
Health and safety regulations require that electrical appliances are in a safe working order and maintained to prevent harm to workers. For many companies with no in-house maintenance teams this can be difficult to keep on top of.
Our PAT Testing service gives you peace of mind by identifying electrical faults and offering advice to make sure your business avoids dangerous accidents.
During a PAT test we will conduct a visual inspection of the equipment and any flexible cables for good condition. This includes:
Following the testing you will receive a full report highlighting remedial actions needed.
Please note: access is required to all plug sockets and extension leads. If cables are caught up this may impact on time and incur an extra charge.
Please contact us for your specific requirements and custom quotations.