Electrical Inspections & Testing In Kent
Electrical Condition Reports
Electrical installation condition reports must be performed by competent electricians with experience in, and knowledge about, the type of installation they’re testing. That’s exactly what we do for our customers, reporting accurately on the condition of electric heating and lighting systems.
What is an Electrical Condition Report?
An electrical condition report is based on an expert inspection an electrical installation’s condition. The electrician checks for faults and identifies them in accordance with the UK’s national safety standard for electrical installations.
- Code C1 means danger present, a serious risk of injury that needs immediate remedial action
- Code C2 means potentially dangerous condition, where urgent remedial action is needed. It highlights the nature of the problem but doesn’t specify how to fix it
- Code C3 means improvement recommended . It usually implies that while the installation complies with old regulations and is safe, things could be improved
Why are Electrical Condition Reports necessary?
Every electrical installation deteriorates with age. It’s important to maintain installations to ensure the safety of anyone who comes into contact with them, in both a domestic and commercial context.
If an installation causes injury, you could be legally liable, and most insurance policies specify electrical installations must be kept in a safe working condition. If not, the insurers are perfectly entitled to reject claims.
Who needs an EICR?
EICR Reports for private domestic buildings are not a statutory requirement, but it’s wise to have yours tested and inspected at least once a decade
EICTR Reporting is also not required by law for privately rented properties either, but the property owner can be legally liable if an unsafe electrical installation causes an injury
If the house is multiple occupancy or HMO, the owner must make sure every fixed electrical installation is inspected and tested at least once every five years by a qualified electrician
Electrical services in commercial properties and buildings with public access must be checked regularly and given an EICR. How often? It depends on the building’s function and how it’s used
Need PAT Testing? We have the right level of competency, the right equipment for the job, the knowledge needed to use the equipment properly and the expertise required to understand and analyse the test results.
What is PAT Testing?
Portable appliance testing ensures electrical appliances are routinely checked for safety. It’s also called in-service inspection and testing of electrical equipment, and every employer must arrange PAT tests for all the electrical equipment their employees use at work.
Why do employers need PAT Testing?
According to the Electricity at Work Act (1989) it is an employer’s responsibility to make sure the electrical equipment their staff use is safe. The easiest way to comply is to have appliances PAT tested by a professional.
What needs to be PAT Tested, and when?
If an item isn’t part of a fixed installation but is connected to the mains via a flexible cable, plug and socket, it should be tested. So basically, anything with a plug!
The law doesn’t specify how often to PAT test appliances. It depends on the appliance. A power tool, for example, needs more frequent testing than a lamp in a hotel room. If you’d like to know more about maintaining portable electrical equipment, there’s a free download on the Government’s HSE website, here.
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