Do the electrical systems of your premises comply with current legislation?
Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005) The new law which came into force in October 2006 consolidates previous fire legislation and places a greater focus on prevention. Previously fire safety laws were scattered across more than 70 pieces of legislation. It improves fire safety by placing the responsibility for fire safety on the employer or 'responsible person' for that building or premises. He or she will be required to assess the risks of fire and take steps to reduce or remove them. If a fire occurs at a premises and the owner has not complied with the new law, they could face prosecution. It would also be no surprise if their insurer has inserted a strict warranty into their policy stating that if fire regulations are deliberately breached, claims will not be met.
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Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 impose health and safety requirements with respect to electricity used at work. General duties are imposed to ensure that all electrical systems have been properly constructed, maintained and are used in such a way so as not to give rise to danger. By law you must take precautions against the risk of death or personal injury from electricity in work activities Neglecting faulty electrical systems could result in injuries to your employees, lost income and fines if found in breach of your statutory responsibilities. In some instances it may even invalidate your insurance claims.
We offer Testing services which will ensure you comply with the regulations and we will prepare a no-obligation quotation for any remedial work.
1. Electrical Installations Testing
The Institute of Electrical Engineers Wiring Regulations, which have been adopted as a British Standard, require that all fixed installations be tested for safety at least once every 5 years unless they fall into the categories as stated more....
They should also be tested and examined after major rewiring or alterations to the installation.
A qualified electrician e.g. an N.I.C.E.I.C. or E.C.A. approved contractor must carry out these tests and provide you with a written report in the form of a Completion certificate which states when your electrical installation should next be tested and examined.
2. Portable Electrical Equipment (Portable Appliance Testing P.A.T.)
The following guidance has been prepared by the Environmental and Consumer Services Directorate in order to help employers and the self-employed comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
|What is Portable Electrical Equipment?
||Generally any piece of electrical equipment which has a plug fitted e.g. kettles, heaters, computers, photo-copiers, extension leads.
|What does the law require me to do?
||The law requires portable electrical equipment to be designed, operated and maintained (including being tested and examined).
|Who enforces the law?
||The Local Authority inspectors carry out spot checks on selected businesses, but whether you have been inspected or not you must comply with the law. Should there be an accident at your workplace you may be liable to a fine of up to £20,000 at the Magistrates' Court.
|Who can carry out the testing?
||Any qualified electrician e.g. an N.I.C.E.I.C or E.C.A. approved contractor can carry out these tests.
|How would I be able to demonstrate to the Environmental Services Directorate that I have complied with the law? more...
|| Your copies of Test Certificates and records would verify this, and may prove crucial in the event of an inspection or litigation.