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Electrical Installation Condition Report (Fixed Wire Testing)

(Also known as Periodic Testing)

The Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is the examination and testing of the circuits contained within the fabric of a clients building. This includes the socket outlets, lighting circuits, static machinery and various other circuits.

 

Does My Company Need Fixed Wire Testing?

In a word; Yes. The two main dangers associated with electricity are the risk of shock and the possibility of fire. Over a period of time those risks are increased because installations deteriorate and it is in the best interests of not only yourself and your employees, but also your insurance company, that you have an installation that is not only electrically sound but also free from the risk of fire.

 

How Often Should Fixed Installation Testing Take Place?

As with PAT Testing the time period between tests very much depends on the workplace environment and use of the installation. Some areas such as hotels and cinemas are recommended to be tested annually whereas an office space, which is considered low risk, may only need to be tested every five years.

As a guide some sample Fixed Wire Testing periods are shown in the table below

Installation Type / Premises

Max Period Between EICR (Fixed Wire) Testing

Commercial

5 Years

Educational Establishments

5 Years

Hospitals

5 Years

Industrial Premises

3 Years

Hotels & Restaurants

1 Year

Homes

10 Years

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Is Fixed Wire Testing Priced?

At Birmingham PAT Testing we base our Fixed Installation Testing costs on a per circuit basis which ensures that unlike various other methods you will only pay for the circuits we find. This ensures our clients benefit from some of the UK’s most competitive prices in the market today.

 

How Much Does It Cost

The cost very much depends on the installation. If everything has been well maintained you receive a lower and more cost effective price than if no maintenance has been carried out for a number of years.

 

What Kind of Tests Are Carried Out?

Fixed Wire Testing as carried out by Birmingham PAT Testing is very involved but basically we check that all fuses and cables are the correct size. We check that the installation meets all the requirements of BS7671 and that in the event of a potential fault, all circuit protective conductors and / or devices will perform correctly to ensure the safety of any persons within the installation.

Your Birmingham PAT Testing, engineer will perform a 100% electrical check of all circuits including:

 

Is There Any Disruption To The Workplace During Fixed Installation Testing?

There is rather more disruption during Fixed Wire Testing. This is because certain circuits will need isolating during the course of the testing. But by combining our highly trained staff with some of the very best instruments available we keep any downtime to an absolute minimum.

But, for the convenience of our clients, if the isolation of circuits poses too big a problem for a client we can arrange for the testing to be done out of hours.

 

What Happens After The Testing Is Finished?

When all the testing is completed you will receive a full report on the condition of your installation including a full list of all the circuits tested together with notice of any remedial action required (including photographic evidence) and all associated costs of those remedial actions.

 

 

Lighting Maintenance

Lighting maintenance is an essential electrical testing service provided for its clients by Birmingham PAT Testing. This service is especially valuable to businesses when complying with Heath & Safety regulations in that all work areas are correctly illuminated and the lighting units within the workspace adequately maintained.

At Birmingham PAT Testing we have skilled, qualified and experienced engineers who will ensure that you and your workforce are never left in the dark. Let us show you why we should be your first choice for lighting maintenance. For an informal discussion or for a fixed quote for your electrical lighting service requirements please contact us.

 

Emergency Lighting

Emergency lighting is very important to ensure safety in the event of a power cut or fire, especially in stairwells. It's recommended that regular servicing of emergency lighting systems is carried out to ensure that they are kept in a good working order should you need to rely on them. This involves the users undertaking basic inspections as well as a competent person annually testing and inspecting the light units and making any necessary repairs.

At Birmingham PAT Testing we are qualified and experienced at maintaining emergency lights to make sure you are never left in the dark. Emergency lights run on a battery and the unit is triggered to come on when there is no power on the lighting circuit. Over time these batteries can degrade and eventually stop working which can be hazardous if the power is lost. For each light unit, we test that it illuminates and that the batteries are capable of powering the unit for 3 hours and once power is restored the batteries recharge. We carry out repairs if agreed to ensure the unit conforms to British Standards BS5266-8:2004 Emergency Lighting criteria. If the light unit is beyond repair we can fit a new unit in its original place or to a new location if required.

Some emergency lights are used above doorways which illuminate the emergency exit in the event of a power loss or fire. These are also tested to make sure they are fully functioning should you need to evacuate in the dark.

If you have any questions or would like to get a quote for your emergency lighting testing and maintenance, please contact us.

 

Lamp Replacement And Maintenance Services

Lighting maintenance is just one of the electrical testing services provided by Birmingham PAT Testing. We offer business and industry many flexible solutions to their electrical maintenance and testing requirements.

For no fuss information, an informal chat or for a fixed quotation our dedicated and skilled staff will be only too pleased to answer any queries you may have either on lighting maintenance or on any other electrical testing service we can help you with.

 

PAT Testing

PAT Testing, or Portable Appliance Testing, must be undertaken in order for companies to fully comply with the Electricity At Work Regulations. Testing is required because during everyday use electrical appliances can become worn or damaged.

This can result in appliances becoming unsafe so a proper maintenance schedule is essential for businesses. PAT Testing, as carried out by Birmingham PAT Testing, is therefore a documented method of electrical maintenance which companies are required to undertake on all their portable appliances.

 

What Is A Portable Appliance?

Quite simply, a portable appliance is any piece of electrical equipment that can be moved from area to another and reconnected to the supply via a plug and socket system.

 

Why Do We Need PAT Testing?

The most important reasons for carrying out Portable Appliance Testing are:

  • To Comply with the Electricity At Work Regulations

  • Risk of fire and injury due to faulty electrical equipment is minimised

  • Insurance companies cannot dispute claims of damage through fire because of insufficient electrical maintenance

  • The ISO 9000 Quality Assurance Standard requires all companies to comply with the Health and Safety requirements , portable appliance testing as provided by Birmingham PAT Testing, is required to comply with this standard

 

How Often Is PAT Testing Carried Out?

This depends on the workplace environment and the equipment to be tested. but is generally every 12 months however, a power drill on a building site where wear and tear is greater, the period between tests should be more frequent. We are more than happy to assist companies in choosing the correct periods between testing.

 

What Is The PAT Testing Procedure?

We will perform a number of tests on each appliance such as:

  • Full visual inspection

  • Insulation test

  • Earth continuity test

  • Earth leakage test

A certificate is then produced for your files indicating the results of the individual tests. Each item will have it's own label and unique ID. This will ensure that the item can be tracked and provides a clear indication of its pass / fail status. Once the testing is complete you will receive two copies of your certification paperwork through e-mail and by post for your convenience and we aim to do this on the same day. If required, it can also be sent on a CD at an extra cost.

Our engineers are fully trained and comply with the new IET (The Institution of Engineering and Technology) 4th Edition code of practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment. This code of practice promotes a risk-based approach when assessing the safety of your electrical appliances and will help the users, those responsible for the equipment and the testers of the equipment to maintain a high level of safety.

 

Does Testing Disrupt The Workplace?

At Birmingham PAT Testing, we pride ourselves on having a well trained and organised staff, ensuring that any potential downtime for our clients is kept to an absolute minimum. We will also work outside office hours if required.

 

How Much Does This Cost?

We endeavour to ensure all our clients receive the best and most competitively priced PAT Testing available in the UK.

Our price structure is very simple;

Our minimum charge is just £40.00 which covers up to the first 30 items.
It is then £1.20 per item up to 100 items,
For over 100 items it is 99p per item,
For over 150 items, please call or email for a free, competitive quote.

There are no hidden extras and we do not charge VAT.
These prices are dependant on being given free and easy access.
We reserve the right to charge for our time if we have to wait unduly or if the appliance is difficult to access.

 

 

Birmingham PAT Testing LLP

Email: Karen@BirminghamPatTesting.com  -  Phone: 0845 094 1316 or 0121 244 8789  -  Mobile: 07905 314 088 or 07789 686 093

 

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