Industrial & Commercial Electrical Inspection in Peterborough
Why have an industrial or commercial electrical periodic inspection?
In an industrial or commercial situation, electrical installations and fixed wiring systems should undergo a yearly routine check, with the maximum period between inspection and testing of three years. The electrical system must be tested this frequently to comply with The Electricity Supply Regulations 1988 and The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.
Even when an electrical system has been correctly installed in the first place, during the lifespan of the system an amount of wear and tear occurs due to everyday use, overheating, overloading and general deterioration of cables and connections. The purpose of the periodic inspection is to identify electrical faults and potential problems before they develop into life threatening hazards. Further benefits of the electrical inspection are from the added security that it adds as a preventative measure against damage through fire to property and goods.
Business Continuity is an important factor to consider for any company. Damage to property caused by fire can be catastrophic; the insurance company AXA reports that 80% of businesses affected by a major incident either never re-open or close within 18 months. Should a fault occur in an electrical system, it may not cause a fire, but other issues may arise through costly downtime and lack of production until the electrical system can be repaired or replaced. It is becoming more common practice for insurers to request proof of a satisfactory Electrical Installation Condition Report to validate insurance policies. Having an non-existent or out of date certificate not only puts businesses at risk of fire, but at further risk of invalidated insurance should the worst happen and could be used against a company in a court of law.
How the electrical installation condition report is carried out?
Many locations may require machinery or electrical circuits to be isolated to carry out elements of the testing and inspection. We can work around the individual needs of your business to minimise disruption to production or trading hours, by conducting the report at a time that works best for your business. Following the completion of the report, we will issue either a Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory certificate. If an Unsatisfactory certificate is issued, we will then also provide a quotation for any necessary remedial works that need to be completed to bring the electrical installation up to a satisfactory standard in line with the British Standard BS 7671 “Requirements for electrical installations”.