Every electrical installation deteriorates with age. It's important to be sure that the safety of users is not put at risk, and that the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition. It is recommended in BS7671:2008 that every electrical installation is subjected to periodic inspection and testing.
Do I Need an EICR?
You may need a report to find out the condition of an Electrical installation upon…
- Change of Tenancy (or ownership)
- Flood or Fire Damage
- If you are unsure if or when it was tested
- Buying or selling a property
- Insurance request
- Local authority enforcement
What will the report highlight?
- Overloaded circuits
- Incorrect equipment
- Potential hazards
- Identify defective DIY work
- Highlight any lack of earth conductors or bonding
- Check circuit breaker ratings
- Test the RCD's to make sure they trip under fault conditions.
Safeguard are fully qualified, fast and experienced in working within very busy environments. We work closely with customers to ensure that the PAT Testing process is carried out with minimum disruption to members of staff.
Test reports and certificates are stored electronically at no additional cost.
What is a Portable Appliance?
A portable appliance is basically any piece of equipment connected to the electrical supply by a mains plug. This description, therefore is not confined to industrial tools and equipment, but covers domestic appliances such as televisions, kettles, fridges, radios etc. Even though appliances such as fridges are not expected to be moved around, they still fall under the category of portable appliances as they are connected to the electricity supply by a plug.
Which portable appliances have to be tested?
Any portable electrical equipment used within your business, even those that you would consider to be "domestic appliances" (e.g. the kettle in your staff's restroom) should be tested on a regular basis. A number of insurance companies stipulate that regular programmes of PAT testing must be in place for cover to be effective.
What does the test consist of?
The Portable Appliance Test involves:
- A thorough visual inspection of the appliance, its supply lead and its plug (including verification of correct fuse rating and internal connections).
- Electrical testing to assess whether the item complies with the appropriate safety standards. This testing is performed using specialist calibrated equipment that is connected to the item under test. The equipment is used to measure such elements as earth continuity and insulation resistance, earth leakage, polarty of the wiring and then output a pass/fail result based on these measurements.
- Labelling of the item stating whether it has passed or failed the test, and giving the date of the next scheduled test.
- Completion of a test report showing details of all appliances, with a breakdown of faults.
Emergency lighting is a type of light fitting that has internal battery packs that are constantly being charged. When the power fails the batteries take over and illuminate the light automatically providing a safe illuminated escape route for occupants.
We install, repair and maintain all types of emergency lighting.
Just like Fire Alarm system maintenance, Emergency Lighting systems must be properly tested, maintained and serviced and this is a legal requirement under BS5266-1.
All of our engineers are fully qualified and experienced in the testing of emergency lighting. We are able to carry out 12 month statutory tests on your emergency lighting installation, ensuring that you are fully comply with your insurance and relevant standards.
During our service visits we will train a designated member of your staff how to perform monthly checks using an easy to follow (tick box style) log book and instructions.
Our inspection and testing procedures include the following:
- Luminaire duration testing
- Cleaning of fittings
- Battery charging functional check
- Maintain accurate records of testing
- Inform you on any improvements required to meet current standards
Security lighting is a proven method of deterring opportunists. When a sensor is triggered the area is lit up automatically. depending on which signals are received.
If you have a premises that may benefit from security lighting please contact us.