Why is Electrical Testing and Inspection Important?
Electrical testing and Inspection are not a legal requirement currently, though they do carry a considerable amount of weight in legal terms.
In plain terms, your business in not actually legally obliged to have either fixed electrical wiring tested and checked, or portable appliances. However, there are clear reasons why you would want to.
Most businesses have a legal obligation under two primary pieces of legislation to ensure safety of employees, visitors, and themselves. First The Electricity At Work Regulations (1989), and secondly, the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order: 2005. Both of these state a need for inspection, testing, and maintenance in one form or another.
It is a good idea too from the perspective of proving your business has taken reasonable steps to ensure safety and wellbeing of staff to be able to evidence the testing which has been carried out, and that it has been completed to a competent level.
What is involved in Electrical Testing and Inspection?
There are two types of electrical inspection and testing, both of which your business should consider. Portable Appliance testing deals with appliances which are plugged into power sockets or use mains energy wherever you might be. This is a simple test on the appliance, normally by means of a dedicated test device, which ensures it is electrically safe and can be used without danger.
Portable Appliance testing should be carried out periodically, normally at intervals of 12 months, although some businesses working in harsh environments may need this more often.
The other main type of electrical testing deals with the fixed wiring which supplies electricity to your lights and power sockets. While there are various levels of testing, from visual inspection to full condition reporting, and EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) should be carried out every five years, or more frequently if there are changes to the building, tenancy, or use.
There is little point to having a purely visual inspection for a number of reasons – electrical inspection and testing really needs more to ensure safety as the majority of wiring is hidden away behind walls and in ceilings.
A proper EICR and testing regime will be quite involved and often done out of normal business hours to minimise downtime, ensure IT systems are safe and isolated, and that no disruption to your business takes place.
What Electrical Testing Can AFSS Offer?
We offer both Portable Appliance and Fixed Electrical testing to every one of our customers, and new customers alike.
Those taking advantage of our AFSS 360 Fire & Security Maintenance can also opt to pay for both PAT Testing and their EICR monthly, over the course of a year, making it extra effective.
AFSS can be contacted on the phone on 08453 884711, or from mobiles on 03330 884711 (another way we save you money). You can fill in a form on the site, or email us from our contact page. Contact AFSS today about electrical testing and Inspection.