Electrical Inspection Southampton
There are two types of inspection and testing for electrical wiring in the house and offices. Inspection of all fixed wiring, including safety devices. Also known as Portable Appliance Testing (or PAT testing).
Periodic Inspection Reporting
In place of the Electrical Periodic Inspection which was in effect from January 2012, this new report has been updated to 2018 for 2022. To ensure that your system is safe, you should conduct electrical safety checks at least 5 times per year. In most cases, faults do not become apparent until the system is in serious trouble. This could lead to an electrical shock or a fire.
A Periodic Inspection, also known as an Electrical Installation Condition Report (or EIC), is the only way to identify these issues before anything serious occurs. It involves checking every circuit in your fuse box/consumer unit with sensitive equipment. This is done to verify continuity and inspect insulation. Also, damaged or weak connections are checked on fixed items like sockets and switches. The qualified electrician interprets these results to assess the safety of the system. If all goes well, and your system is in compliance with the regulations, you can get a report.
You can have new installations certified up to 10 year after installation. The installer must sign this certificate if he was the original designer of the installation. You will receive a Certificate of New Installation and you must also register with the local authority to ensure compliance with Part P.
Test older installations at intervals no more than five years. If there are concerns regarding re-inspection, shorter times should be used. These checks can be done for the following reasons: buying a home, changing tenants, and letting out properties. Landlord checks.
What exactly is PAT testing?
Portable appliance testing (or PAT) is the term used to describe electrical equipment and appliances. A PAT Test is designed to verify that the electrical system has been safe for use over time. You can do this visually/in-person, with a professional or by electrical testing. These tests should only be performed by an electrician who is skilled in electrical testing. Faulty electrical equipment could prove to be very dangerous for Portsmouth residents and businesses. Portsmouth Electrical Services is committed to safety.
What is the best way to test my PAT?
There are many factors that will determine whether you need to have PAT testing. You should schedule a PAT test if you've owned certain appliances for some time or aren't sure if the appliance is still safe to use. You might require PAT testing for appliances that are used more often. Contact us today if you have any questions about PAT testing. Free of cost, we'd love to talk with you about your appliances and recommend the best action.
What frequency should I test my electrical appliances?
The electrical appliances you use will determine the frequency at which your appliance should be tested. A domestic appliance, for example, that you use daily would require more frequent testing than one that is stored in a cabinet. However, it should be tested at the very least once every two years.
Does PAT testing have to be a lawful requirement?
Although technically, it is not required by law. It is however a legal requirement to make sure electrical appliances remain safe. Although the law doesn't specify how frequently or by whom electrical appliances must be tested, it does stipulate that they should always be inspected. Professional testing is safer.
Is it the person responsible for obtaining a PAT testing?
Regulation 3 in the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 for the UK:
Every employer and every self-employed person shall comply with these Regulations as long as it relates to matters within their control.
Every employee must perform this duty while on the job:
(a) To cooperate with his employer in order to allow any obligation imposed on him by Regulations to be met:
(b) To comply with these regulations, insofar as they pertain to matters that are under his control."
While the employer is responsible for the safety of electrical equipment, everyone in the workplace has a responsibility. It is the responsibility of every employee to notify the appropriate personnel if the equipment is unsafe.
Portable appliance testing is important in any workplace where employees or visitors work, PAT testing can be an essential duty. Employers, employees, and anyone who is self-employed are legally responsible for complying with these regulations. They must also take reasonable and practical steps to prevent any danger from the use of electrical equipment. It is necessary to implement a regular and systematic program for maintenance, inspection, and testing. This obligation is imposed by the 1974 Health & Safety at Work Act.
1. Employees use appliances.
2. Public may have access to appliances at hospitals, schools and hotels.
3. Where appliances can be hired or supplied.
4. Service and repair of appliances.
A Code of Practice is published by the IET and forms guidance for PAT testing Best Practice.
To ensure compliance with both the Electricity at Work Regulations and the Health and Safety at Work Act, it is imperative to have regular and documented PAT testing.