For a business manager or owner who has a lot of other things to focus on, electrical compliance can seem overwhelming. That’s where we can help. Read on for our simple five-point checklist for UK businesses.
The first box to tick when it comes to electrical compliance is for your electrical system. An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is required periodically and some properties need EICRs more often than others. This ultimately depends on how high-risk the environment is. The more risk, the more frequently EICRs need to be carried out.
While it’s not a legal obligation unless you’re a landlord, failing to keep your electrical installation in order could leave you in breach of the Health and Safety at Work Act (1974) and result in hefty fines.
Many of the electrical compliance checklists you find online comprise a long list of electrical appliances you should check for issues – from air conditioners to lighting. The problem? This doesn’t do anything for compliance.
The 1989 Electricity at Work Regulations state that employers are responsible for ensuring electrical items are well maintained and safe to operate. The best way to remain compliant is through regular PAT testing.
Depending on the type of equipment, how often it’s used and where it’s used, electrical appliances should be PAT tested every three months to four years.
When it comes to fire alarms, the regulation you’ll want to stay on the right side of is the Fire Safety Order. In short, you’ll need to make sure you have the right number and type of alarms installed, and keep them well maintained with tests twice a year, so they’re ready to respond in the event of a fire.
Non-domestic buildings are legally required to be safe at all times, even when mains power fails. That’s where emergency lighting comes into play, which needs to be installed and maintained in line with BS 5266 standards.
To keep your company completely safe, you should have emergency lights serviced at least once a year, including a full three-hour duration test.
In recent years, energy use has become another key aspect of compliance for businesses to consider. The Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) came into force in 2014, before Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) was introduced in 2019.
SECR is required annually, while ESOS assessments must be completed every four years. Both apply to companies with more than 250 employees, or those who meet the criteria for annual turnover, so it’s important to check your eligibility.
If you want to take the hassle out of electrical compliance, Volta Compliance is on hand throughout West Yorkshire. Based in Leeds, we provide a range of vital electrical and energy compliance services to keep your company safe, compliant and completely protected.
For more information, or to speak in more depth about your electrical compliance requirements, feel free to contact the Volta team today on 0113 397 1361 or email [email protected].