At MJH Electricals, we have over 11 years of experience helping domestic and commercial customers meet their electrical testing needs. Our team can help you get the right certification for these new regulations. For more information or to speak to a team member, call us on 01278 322816 or email us today. Fixed frequency of wire testing: practical considerations Owners, on the other hand, are required by law to carry out an ICFR. This may be an indication of how seriously the government is taking electrical testing and safety. • Ensure adequate electrical outlets for electrical equipment (minimizes creepage lines and multi-port plug adapters) This can include overloaded circuitry, exposed wiring, and the condition of your switches, outlets, and cables. Burn marks around electrical plates are a strong indication that there may be a problem with the wiring. A 5-year electrical safety test involves a thorough inspection of your property`s electrical installations. Outlets, wiring, fuse boxes, light switches and equipment must comply with the British Standard BS 76719 (IET Wiring Regulations). If reports are found during the testing process, the responsible owner must: There is no specific law that states that you must perform electrical tests in commercial properties. But the law requires you to make sure your electrical systems are safe to use.
The Workplace Electricity Regulations, 1989 state that all electrical equipment must be safe for employees. Therefore, it is the employer`s responsibility to verify that this device is tested and approved as safe for use. Regular testing ensures compliance with this legislation and, more importantly, protects your staff from electrical accidents. The electrical safety industry has systems in place for competent people. Membership in these will not be mandatory to ensure that no additional pressure is exerted on the industry or that inspectors and testers are unduly overburdened. Failure to provide a landlord`s electrical safety certificate can result in costly penalties. This short guide will help you understand the importance of regular testing and explain the legal requirements you must meet. The exceptions are set out in Schedule 1 of the regulation and include social housing, tenants, those with a long-term lease of 7 years or more, student residences, dormitories and shelters, nursing homes, hospitals and hospices, and other health care-related housing. Last year we reported on the Government`s plans to introduce new electrical safety regulations for privately leased properties in England and Wales. Check out our article “Regular electrical safety checks for private homeowners coming next year” about the January 2019 announcement.
Landlords must keep a copy of the report to give to the inspector and tester who will conduct the next inspection and testing. Routine tests are performed between formal fixed wire tests to ensure the continued safe performance of electrical installations. This usually involves a visual inspection and verification of the operation of the equipment and switchgear to identify potential problems such as wear, general deterioration, and loose or missing parts. Fixed wiring systems are important when it comes to maintaining workplace productivity, but it`s just as important that they`re safe. This goal is easily achieved by maintaining your systems and complying with workplace electricity regulations. The best way to ensure this compliance is to work with a qualified expert to ensure the safety and security of electrical systems. The IET wiring regulations provide guidance on the maximum interval between fixed wire tests depending on the type of premises. The electrical installation must be safe for later use. In practice, if the report does not require investigation or repair work, the owner is not obliged to carry out further work. Immediate action required: The July 1, 2020 draft regulation requires all new private tenancies to ensure that electrical installations are inspected prior to the start of the lease. Homeowners must: Electrical installations deteriorate with age and use.
Regular testing and inspections identify potential or existing electrical faults or hazards that need to be addressed. Fixed wire inspections are usually also mandatory for insurance purposes. Tenants are responsible for ensuring that all their own electrical appliances are safe. The regulations do not apply to electrical appliances, but only to fixed electrical installations. • Damage and faults to your electrical systems, such as broken or torn cables. The 5-year electrical test is applied to any fixed wiring system in a commercial property. Wired systems cover any electrical infrastructure that provides electrical power from the power supply of all on-site equipment. The tests associated with the preparation of the ICFR are numerous and include: Deficiencies are listed in the ICRC and marked as “unsatisfactory”, along with recommendations on what to do before the property meets the legal requirements for an owner`s electrical safety certificate.