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A Guide to Electrical Compliance and Testing

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A Guide To Electrical Compliance And Testing

As a business owner, you’ll no doubt have a long list of things to do and boxes to check. Electrical compliance might seem like just another one of those. In some ways it is. However, putting it off or even avoiding it altogether can have much more serious consequences.

From fines and closures to staff welfare, the results of electrical non-compliance are no laughing matter. Thankfully, it’s much easier than you might think to make sure you’re compliant. Read on as we clear things up when it comes to electrical compliance and testing…

What is electrical compliance?

Electrical compliance concerns a number of legislations and laws which have been introduced over the past few decades, including the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974), Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations (1992), and the Electricity at Work Regulations (1989).

Broadly speaking, it’s broken down into two main areas – your building’s electrical system and the electrical appliances which are used on site.

Your electrical system covers all components which pass electricity through the building, while appliances are essentially anything that’s plugged into the mains or an electric generator.

How does testing work?

The two main areas of electrical compliance are both covered by a relevant test. An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) tests your electrical system, while Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) checks all of your appliances and equipment.

Both tests need to be carried out by a fully qualified electrician, who will perform a full inspection and test of every applicable component or appliance. An EICR report is recommended for commercial sites at least every five years, while PAT testing is required once a year as a minimum.

After testing is complete, you’ll receive an EICR report or PAT stickers to document the results of the tests. An EICR report will outline any problems, split into four clear categories:

C1 – Danger present

C2 – Potentially dangerous

C3 – Improvement recommended

FI – Further investigation required

On the other hand, each appliance that’s been PAT tested will be labelled with the test date, an appliance ID and the date at which it needs to be retested. In both cases, failed inspections could result in the removal of equipment or closure of your site.

Benefits of electrical compliance and testing

There are numerous benefits of electrical compliance and testing. For one, you’ll stay compliant which means you avoid any fines, penalties or the risk of your building being shut down. You’ll also minimise the risk of any damage to your building, or even worse your staff, which would come with its own associated costs.

Above all else, it gives you complete peace of mind that your electrical system and appliances are working efficiently and safely. That allows you to focus on what you do best, and could even save you money on unexpected repairs in the long run.

Electrical testing made easy

At Volta Compliance, we aim to make electrical compliance as simple and hassle-free as possible for companies throughout Leeds and the surrounding areas. Our expert electricians offer fully certified PAT tests and EICR reports to cover all bases for your business.

Want to find out more? We’re only a phone call away. Call us on 0113 397 1361 to arrange your electrical tests.

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Richard Carr Volta Compliance
Richard Carr
Managing Director
Richard is the Director of Volta Compliance. He is a fully qualified approved electrician graded with the JIB. Richard has over 20 years electrical experience working on commercial and industrial installations.