But how often is often enough? Read on as we take a closer look.
In business, it is essential that employees and equipment are protected from hazards in the workplace. This can be done by making sure equipment is tested periodically and is fit for use. Electrical installations, for example, need to be frequently inspected and serviced for your business to stay compliant with industry standards.
These checks need to be carried out by a competent, fully qualified technician, with knowledge of the risks and dangers and trained to a high standard.
Inspection and testing are not held to a set time. However, they must be carried out periodically to ensure that health and safety measures are followed, and equipment works properly.
To know if your systems need an inspection, consider the following:
Portable appliance testing (PAT) covers all portable electrical equipment to make sure it is safe to use and stays compliant. The Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) don’t require PAT testing as a legal requirement but recommend regular testing to ensure safety for employees and employers. For example, a kettle should be tested every 2 years but larger appliances can have a longer time between PAT testing (4 years).
Anything with emergency in the title should be in constant, full working order. Needed when other systems fail, it is a legal requirement that emergency lighting is tested and maintained regularly.
UK businesses are required to test emergency lighting at least once a year. It is a good idea however, to test more than this and many businesses choose to have monthly emergency lighting tests.
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) assesses and classifies your electrics into 3 risk level categories – C1 being the most serious to c3, suggesting improvements are needed. A qualified, competent contractor will recommend the duration in between inspections based on the type of installation, frequency of use, surrounding environment and other factors.
There is a lot more to testing a fire alarm, than pressing the button for a sound test. There needs to be a full inspection of the fire alarm panel, smoke detectors, sirens and alarms – all within BS 5839 safety standards.
It is a good habit for tests to be carried out twice a year, to make sure that all system components are in full working order and ready when needed.
Periodic inspection and testing is incredibly important to keep your business safe – and provide documentation that shows you’re doing so.
Volta Compliance has a wealth of experience in installations and equipment and can help you with periodic electrical inspections. Get a bespoke quote based on your requirements by calling our team on 0113 397 1361 or emailing [email protected]