Electrical Inspections & Testing

Electrical inspections and testing is a statutory obligation for many businesses. As a requirement of BS 7671 IEE Regulations 2008 and in accordance with NICEIC regulations, we comprehensively inspect and test all electrical systems on completion of installation.

To ensure compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, S&T Systems is committed to providing expert advice and guidance on electrical safety matters. By providing comprehensive electrical inspection and testing support, we provide full assurance that the installations carried out by S&T Systems have been completed in accordance with these stringent regulations and to the highest standards of quality and safety.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require electrical installations to be designed, installed, constructed and maintained in a safe manner at all times. Non-domestic electrical installations should be tested regularly to avoid the risk of harm, injury or death from an electrical problem or fault. Periodic inspection and testing is a requirement of the IEE Wiring Regulations BS7671:2008. S&T Systems can provide periodic electrical testing and, on completion, will generate a Periodic Inspection Report, which is a condition report supplemented by testing results.

Under current legislation (BS7671: 2008), the maximum periods allowed between Periodic Electrical Tests or Inspections for commercial installations are:

Commercial installations: 5 years
Industrial installations: 3 years
Buildings open to the public: 1 year
External installations: 3 years
Caravan parks: 1 year
Fire alarms: 1 year
Short-term installations: 3 months

It may be appropriate to have an electrical inspection at other times and we can offer further guidance, as required.

According to the Health and Safety Executive, it is estimated that a quarter of electrical accidents involve portable appliances. The Electricity at Work Regulations place a responsibility on employers, employees and self-employed persons to take all reasonable steps to ensure the safe use of electrical equipment at work, including the proper maintenance of portable electrical appliances.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is therefore an essential aspect of a company’s Health & Safety policy. S&T Systems offers a cost effective programme of maintenance inspections and testing of appliances, carried out by a team of dedicated PAT engineers who ensure our customers operate safe appliances that comply with all relevant regulations. We provide full test reports that clearly identify the details of all assets. To minimise disruption to your organisation, PAT testing can be completed outside of office hours.

To ensure your business complies with BS 5266 Part 1 and 7, S&T Systems offers regular inspections of emergency lighting systems. Emergency Lighting Testing ensures minimum levels of light are available to ensure a building can be evacuated safely in the event of a failure in the normal lighting system. Our testing programme checks the lights operate for their rated period, signs are correct for use, batteries are charged and all escape routes are illuminated correctly.

The latest edition of BS 5266-1:2005 now aligns with the testing shown in BS EN 50172/ BS 5266-8. Emergency Lighting Tests are carried out relatively quickly each month to check the luminaire is working appropriately. A discharge duration test is also required every six months. When self-contained fittings are new, this test represents a third of their rated capacity (the luminaire should retain some battery capacity if immediately after the test there is a mains failure). After the fittings are three years old and approaching their four year minimum design battery life, the test should be done annually for the full rated duration.

Once testing is complete, we issue a certificate that confirms regulatory compliance. Where an Emergency Light fails the initial test, our team can fix the fault immediately and reduce any potential risks.

Most mechanical and electrical components generate excessive heat before failure, which if undetected, could result in costly breakdowns or major fire risks. We offer a thermal imaging survey as a complementary service to Fixed Installation Testing, to detect issues that may not be revealed during standard testing, such as over-heating components. It also offers an efficient way to identify fire risks without having to power down important areas.

S&T Systems uses the latest industry-leading cameras and software to produce high-precision reports that clearly identify potential threats to your system. A thermal imaging inspection programme can be easily incorporated into your existing preventative maintenance programmes.

If you would like to know more about how S&T Systems can support your organisation, please get in touch.

Call us today on 0800 0920 076 or email us at enquiries@sandtsystems.co.uk