Fixed Wire Testing - what you need to know

Fixed Wire Testing – what you need to know

What is Fixed Wire Testing?

By definition, Fixed Wire Testing is the reporting and inspection of electrical systems within a workplace or premises. The purpose of Fixed Wire Testing is for safety reasons and to ensure that the electrical wiring is compliant with current regulations.

The term Fixed Wire Testing is also known as Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) and was previously referred to as Periodic Inspection Report. Over the years it has picked up many associated terms such as Hard Wire Testing, Fixed Testing, Periodic Testing and Electrical Testing.

Who needs to organise Fixed Wire Testing?

There are many regulations around electrical safety within the workplace. In particular, the Electricity at Work regulation that came into force on 1st April 1990, this ensures that employers monitor the condition of their electrical systems. The regulations apply to all places and premises where people work, which may include:

  • Commercial offices, warehouses and shops
  • Industrial construction site, factories and farms
  • Residential homes including care homes, hotels and buy-to-lets
  • Public buildings such as hospitals, schools, leisure centres, cinemas etc.

Electrical safety should not be taken lightly, and employers should take action to ensure the safety of their employees and/or customers. Fixed Wire Testing is an essential practice for any business; wires can deteriorate over time and quickly be deemed no longer safe and compliant.

Did you know? Over 7% of all workplace fatalities were caused by contact with electricity or electrical discharge.

In practice

A professional fixed wire testing company will tell you that there are two key elements to the process; the first being a visual interrogation and the second being electrical tests and circuit tracing on all systems in the building. These rigorous tests cover all the hard wiring in a building which may include; socket outlets, lighting, air conditioning, fixed plants, main panels and distribution boards.

It is important that the electrician conducting the tests takes accurate readings and records of the results, and that these results are kept safe by the business and/or building.

Fixed Wire Testing with Reaction Group

Reaction Group offers comprehensive Fixed Wire Testing packages which are tailored to your business and building needs, and are provided at a competitive price. Our engineers are all C&G 2391 qualified and record all their results on handheld computers, which means your reports are accessible within just a few hours!

We carry out free pre-inspection visits and all our work is backed by a 100% money-back guarantee.

Our processes are streamlined; we work quickly to ensure minimal disruptions to your business and can offer a comprehensive visit which combines our PAT testing and emergency light services too. As an NICEIC Approved Contractor, you can trust that our practices are competent and that we always meet the technical and safety standards.

Learn more about Fixed Wire Testing

If you have any questions regarding fixed wire testing or would like to book a free inspection visit, please get in touch with our team! Email reception@reactiongrp.com or call 0203 961 5855.

PAT Testing Regulations made simple

PAT Testing Regulations made simple

The UK Health and Safety Executive along with insurance companies will expect you to perform regular PAT tests to ensure that you are compliant with PAT testing regulations, which include:

  • Health and Safety at Work Act of 1974
  • The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989
  • The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations of 1998
  • The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations of 1999

The key term used here is ‘expect’. There are currently no legal requirements to perform PAT tests within the workplace or home.

That being said, employers, the self employed and landlords have a duty of care when it comes to electrical safety and to ensure appliances, both fixed or portable, are properly maintained by taking reasonable measures to prevent danger.

Over 25% of all fires in the workplace are linked to a malfunction of either a piece of electrical equipment, wiring, or both.

So why perform PAT Testing?

There are many risks associated with electrical appliances and in particular ones which are old or situated in a high risk environment, such as wet or harsh conditions.

According to Which?, there are 60 house fires each week due to faulty appliances, such as washing machines, tumble dryers and fridge freezers. This costs individuals to both replace or fix the equipment and any consequencing damages that were made due to the fires such as injury and deaths.

Key factors to consider

When performing a PAT Test, there are a few considerations which should be made ahead of the test. These factors also influence how often PAT testing should be completed and the potential difficulties when carrying out the tests:

  • The type of equipment will determine the difficulty in testing the safety of it and whether the equipment is earthed or double insulated.
  • Handheld equipment such as drills, run higher risks, as if it is faulty it is likely to give the person holding it an electric shock.
  • The age of the equipment – older appliances are more likely to be troublesome due to their aged technology.
  • Environment where the equipment is used and/or stored; as mentioned above wet, harsh and/or dusty conditioning indicate a higher risk.
  • How frequently the equipment is used.
  • Any moderations or repairs previously made to the equipment.

How PAT Testing helps

Prevention of electrical damage or worst case, fires, can be minimised with the help of regular PAT Tests. As part of a comprehensive electrical safety plan in the workplace, at your properties or at home, we highly recommend organising professional assistance to ensure your appliances and equipment is safe for use. A thorough plan can also help reduce insurance costs and help with grounds on landlord requests; if anything should happen, you know you have a process in place.

PAT Testing with Reaction Group

Depending on the size, type and level of risk, we would propose a maintenance package to suit you. Get in touch with our team for more information on our packages and PAT Testing services across the UK. Our electricians are available 24/7 and will offer their expertise to help you! Call 0203 961 5855!

The Importance of PAT Testing

The Importance of PAT Testing – the good, the bad and the ugly

The Importance of PAT Testing – the good, the bad and the ugly

PAT Testing, or otherwise known as Portable Appliance Testing, is the act of examining electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment with the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. (HSE, 2018)

What is a PAT Test?

PAT Testing involves a variety of tests which may vary slightly depending on the set up, variety of appliances being tested, and the PAT Testing company providing the service. At Reaction Group, as a minimum our PAT tests always include:

  • A visual inspection of the equipment
  • Ensuring any flexible cables are in good condition
  • Verification of grounding (if appropriate)
  • Testing the insulation between the current carrying parts
  • Checking any exposed metal that could be touched.

When performing a test, we indicate a pass or fail for each item, and will recommend the appropriate solutions if there are any defects.

Learn more about our electrical, fixed wire and lighting services.

What do the regulations say about PAT Testing?

There are no specific regulations which require PAT Testing to be conducted, nor do they specify details regarding what testing, if any, needs to be done, how frequently it is required or by whom the test should be done by. Essentially, this means there is no legal requirement to inspect or test electrical appliances.

This being said, there is a duty on employers, the self-employed and employees to take reasonable measures to prevent danger in their place work and to ensure appliances, both fixed or portable, are properly maintained. Therefore, it is highly recommended that businesses and landlords carry out regular professional PAT Testing to make sure these devices are safe for the users.

In recent news, there are new safety recommendations to better protect private tenants from risks of electric shocks or fires caused by electrical faults. These improved recommendations include fines of up to £30,000 for rogue landlords and agents and even banning orders for the worst offenders. Read more here >

So why is PAT Testing important?

As there is an increasing influx of electrical equipment and appliances from all over the world, it is becoming increasingly difficult to expect a high level of quality. For this reason, many appliances have been found unsafe, have been recalled by suppliers or deemed unfit for use in terms of fire safety.

Certain electrical appliances are particularly dangerous and could cause the following: an electric shock or burn, wear or misuse, or at worse cause a fire due to the damage. Items of higher risk may include, but are not limited to, equipment in wet and harsh environments, exposure to sunlight, old equipment or excessive wear and tear.

Did you know? Faulty appliances, such as washing machines, tumble dryers and fridge freezers, cause 60 UK house fires a week, Which? Says.

Who should perform PAT Tests?

There are two key parts to a PAT Test. The first being the visual inspection which does not involve touching or testing any of the equipment, this should be completed by an individual who is competent in knowing what to look out for. However, the second part involves inspection and testing which should only be carried out by an experienced and educated individual in the field of electrical testing. This is due to the increased risk when testing electrical equipment.

PAT tester checklist

A responsible PAT Testing professional should:

  • Have the appropriate equipment to complete the tests including calibrated devices
  • Be able to comprehend the results.
  • Have the ability to conduct the testing under safe circumstances and ensure the tests are conducted correctly with minimal risk of missing issues.
  • Carry the correct qualifications and insurances including being an NICEIC approved company and ensuring the engineers are qualified to C&G2377.

PAT Testing with Reaction Group

Our PAT Testing team have a wealth of experience in the field and have gained all the relevant qualifications and comprehensive training. Our team perform testing across the UK from small enterprises to global organisations like Samsung, Coca-Cola and Amazon.

Learn more about our PAT Testing services and how we can help keep your home and/or business safe. Call us on 0203 961 5855 or email us at reception@reactiongrp.com.