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Testing

PAT testing for offices and commercial businesses

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition.

The Regulations don’t specify how often appliances need to be tested, although the Health & Safety Executive recommend a regular inspection and testing schedule and increasingly, insurance companies require evidence that electrical installations to public, commercial and industrial locations are safe.

Considering that around a quarter of all reportable electrical accidents at work involve portable appliances and that the vast majority cause electric shock, this is something that needs to be taken seriously by employers in all industries.

Inspection and testing should be undertaken by a person with:

  • The right equipment to conduct the tests
  • The knowledge and ability to use the test equipment properly
  • The ability to properly understand the test results.

Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR)

An EICR (previously known as a Periodic Inspection) is a report that highlights the condition of an existing electrical installation to identify any deficiencies. It is also a legal requirement.

All installations will deteriorate with use and age and can be accelerated by DIY additions and extensions that may not have been carried out to IEE (IET) Wiring Regulations.

An EICR will:

  • Identify if any electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded
  • Detect any potential electrical shock risk
  • Discover any fire hazards
  • Find any defective DIY electrical work
  • Reveal any lack of protective earth/bonding
  • Detail the type of fixed wiring system and its condition
  • Test residual current devices
  • Discover wear and tear, damage or other deterioration.

It will give you an overall assessment of the suitability of the installation for continued use and classify it in the following way.

  • C1 – danger present, risk of injury, immediate remedial action required
  • C2 – potentially dangerous, urgent remedial action required
  • C3 – improvement required – to be used where C1 or C2 do not apply

The IEE recommends that the maximum period between EICR inspections and testing should be:

  • Domestic properties – ten years or change of occupancy
  • Commercial properties – five years or change of occupancy
  • Residential accommodation – five years
  • Buildings open to the public – one to five years
  • Industrial buildings – three years
  • Special locations (medical buildings, swimming pools, agricultural and horticultural premises) – one to three years

We are fully qualified in inspection and testing and can issue all the necessary certification and carry out any repairs that might be required.

Commercial & Industrial Services

 

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