Electrical inspection and testing services in Cardiff, Newport, Bridgend , Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil and South Wales.
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Unfortunately with age electrical installations deteriorate and as a result it both advisable and necessary to have any electrical installation or system inspected on a regular basis. Indeed it is a legal requirment that a company shows it has acted to protect both it’s employees and the employer and this includes carrying out regular checks on electrical installations.
The Legal Requirements for electrical inspections and testing?
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 (HASW 1974) places a duty of care on employers & employees to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises. For more information on the Health and Safety at Work Act visit the HSE website.
What Regulations apply for elctrical inspections and testing?
“The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999” places a duty on every employer to make a sufficient assessment of the risks to health and safety of employees while at work and to all other persons while carrying out their work.
Of the assessed risks for any electrical equipment or installation, it is quite likely that the number one hazard would be that of an electric shock with the risk arising from poorly maintained installations that have deteriated with age, clearly being a fire hazard.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR 1989) is an electrical regulation and requires all necessary precautions to be taken against the risk of electric shock. Regulation 4(2) states “As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable such danger”. The statute then states in Regulation 4 how this will be achieved with maintenance and regular inspection.
Also, as portable and fixed equipment relies on the integrity of the electrical installation, the requirements of The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 (PUWER 98) requires that the installation is inspected and tested at suitable intervals.
How often should electrical systems be inspected?
The Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) give guidance for the “recommended” frequencies for the inspection & test of most electrical installations, with 3 & 5 years recommended for most commercial & industrial type premises.
However, consideration will need to be given to other factors that may require a more frequent testing regime. A careful assessment of your installation and it’s use should be conducted to help determine this frequency.
If you are looking for electrical inspection and testing services in Cardiff, Newport, Bridgend , Swansea, Merthyr Tydfil and South Wales, please contact us today on 01443 841122