The Electricity at Work Regulations (EAWR) 1989 (1991 in Northern Ireland) are made under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. These regulations require that employers as ‘duty holders’ must provide a safe working environment with regard to all electrical equipment and systems, regardless of when they were manufactured, installed or brought into use.
Employers, the self-employed and employees all have duties and obligations in complying with the requirements of the regulations, which apply to all places of work, with no exemptions. All electrical systems must be maintained in a safe condition and an important aspect of such maintenance is periodic inspection and testing.
Our electrical equipment inspection services include:
Fixed electrical wiring inspection and testing
To comply with the requirements of the IET wiring regulations (BS7671), all electrical systems, from the main intake through to the final fixed appliances and accessories, must be inspected and tested on a regular basis. The frequency of this testing is dependent on the type of premises and varies between three months and five years.
Many companies struggle to complete the testing using in-house personnel due to lack of time, resources and knowledge of this specialised field.
Since July 2015, the regulations require a skilled electrical competent person with the necessary qualifications, skills and experience to undertake inspection and testing in different types of installations.
There are also requirements for the protection against fire within electrical installationswith specific requirements for consumer units and cable installations throughout escape routes. Electrical installations must incorporate RCDs on specific circuits for the protection against electric shocks.
Portable electrical appliance testing
As part of our comprehensive service, we are able to carry out all inspection and testing on your portable electrical appliances. Results can be presented in hard copy, CD format or web based reporting, with a summary of items inspected and tested together with the test results and details of items that failed.
Risk assessments of fixed electrical installations
A risk assessment analyses the physical condition of the electrical installation and determines the various levels of risk present both to staff and property.
Identifying the levels and locations of risks throughout an installation enables you to deal immediately with any previously unknown dangerous conditions. You will also be able to plan a maintenance and repair programme that spreads both the workload and costs in a phased manner, whilst targeting the high-risk areas first.
Drawings, tracing, labelling and schedules of electrical installations
To assist with maintenance, we are able to generate detailed electrical distribution drawings and distribution board schedules. These can be issued in any size and on CD in CAD form. Individual circuits can also be labelled for identification purposes if required.
Bureau Veritas can identify problems before they cause breakdowns or become major safety issues – either as part of fixed wiring inspection and testing programme, or as a specific service. In the vast majority of cases this can be done without any disruption to power supply.
Regular thermographic surveying can result in major cost savings through early identification of ‘hotspots’ and potential breakdowns.
Electrical safety auditing
We can also provide independent audits to assess your company’s compliance with relevant codes of practice and regulations. The audit provides a true picture of areas where staff may be at risk due to lack of safe working procedures when working with or around electrical equipment. It also seeks to establish that all relevant documentation and test results are available, together with random visual inspections of the site. The results of such auditing can help to reduce insurance premiums.
Emergency lighting inspection and test
We test and inspect emergency lighting to ensure compliance with BS 5266, which comprises identification of the types of lights installed, duration test, the correct signage and the quantity and placement of each light. On completion of the inspection and test a full report, NICEIC certificate and system log (as required by BS 5266) are issued.
Bureau Veritas can also offer:
- Electrical load analysis
- Public entertainment licensing testing
- Lightning protection systems inspection and testing
- ATEX / DSEAR inspections for explosive atmosphere electrical installations
- Electrical safety assessments for plant and machinery
Engineering Inspection Department
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