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Fixed Installation Testing

Why do I need to have my wiring tested?

Weakness or faults within any electrical installation or portable appliance can go undetected. If a fault should develop, this could lead to serious risk of fire, electrocution or death. Fixed wire testing will accurately find the faults and their locations. This will then enable us to recommend a suitable solution.

Who is responsible for the testing?

Employers are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of both their employees and members of the public on site and to ensure that they are not at risk from their work activities. Regulation 3 of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 recognises a responsibility that employers and many employees have for electrical systems.

"It shall be the duty of every employer and self employed person to comply with the provisions of the Regulations in as far as they relate to matters which are within their control".

Will testing cause loss of power?

Each circuit within the system will experience a loss of power, but a majority of the testing is carried out whilst the system is still live. To cause the least amount of disruption possible, the disconnection of the circuits can be planned around your work activities. The entire system will need to be shutdown for approximately 10 minutes to retrieve the main supply details and this would be co-ordinated with yourselves for a period that causes the least disruption.

My business operates 24/7, how can you carry out testing if I am unable to stop production?

We have previously worked with clients with this dilemma. Because the majority of the testing involves carrying out live tests, we work with our clients to schedule the dead testing when there is a convenient time. This could be during holiday shut downs, breakdowns, lunch breaks, cleaning, maintenance breaks or change of shift.

I have been told that I only need to have a percentage of the system tested in order to comply with the Regulations.

The IEE Regulations state that you can only rely on sample testing if you hold a previous Periodic Inspection Report and/or maintenance programme which has had all alterations and additions tested. An Electrical Installation Certificate or Minor Works Certificate must have been completed and the installation is considered to be in excellent condition with no defects found. Although full inspection and testing should be carried out as a majority of installations will not hold these records.

I am a Landlord who is responsible for the testing?

This usually depends of the terms of the lease as to whether you or your Tenant pays for the testing to be carried out on the electrical installation. Normally, if there is a full repairing lease then the cost will fall to you and not your tenant.

Is electrical testing a requirement for insurance purposes?

Most insurers stipulate that inspection and testing need to be carried out regularly. Should you suffer an avoidable accident and if you're found negligent, you will be seen to have committed an offence. Your insurers will not pay any fines or compensate you if it was found to be a criminal offence.

Why have I not needed to have testing carried out before?

The Health & Safety legislation has always required this to be done. In 1989 The Electricity at Work Regulations came into force, which states that all electrical systems need to be maintained. Periodic Inspection Reports will form an important part your case should an accident occur which leads to prosecution.

How often should my electrical installation be tested?

The IEE guidance suggests the following test intervals:

Domestic: 10 yearly or change of occupancy Commercial: 5 yearly or change of occupancy Industrial: 3 yearly

For different types of installation, please contact us directly.

What does it cost to have my fixed electrical installation tested?

Costs are based on a cost per circuit. We also take into account the existing condition and the accessibility to the system, which will affects the overall cost. If you would like a free no obligation quotation, please call us on 0845 130 8338 or alternatively fill in our contact form and we will contact you.

Why should I choose Facit Testing when I can get my testing done cheaper elsewhere?

We guarantee that Facit Testing provides a very thorough and cost effective survey of all systems. This will enable you to prove you are compliant but also be confident that any faults present have been found and reported. All remedial work that may be required can be carried out by one of our fully qualified electricians at a very competitive price.

How do you provide the results?

We provide a bound report based upon the model form, in BS7671 Appendix 6 which includes full details of all items tested i.e. distribution boards and circuits, any defects found and recommendation codes (if any) also enclosed is a letter detailing if the installation is Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory. Also upon request we can also provide a CD Rom containing all the information in PDF format.

Will you inform me when my next test is due?

We store all of our client information on our database and contact you before a retest is due.

Portable Appliance (PAT) Testing

What is PAT Testing?

Portable Appliance Testing is an essential aspect of a Company's Health & Safety Policy to ensure that staff are not harmed by any electrical equipment within a business premises. PAT testing should be performed regularly to protect employees, customers and also yourself against any accidents and liability within the workplace. PAT testing is carried out by a business in accordance with guidelines stated in the IEE Code of Practice.

Is PAT Testing a legal requirement?

Many insurance companies require the insured to comply with all current regulations. Failure to comply with electrical regulations can lead to a maximum penalty of £5,000 fine and/or up to six months imprisonment. For breaches under the general duties of the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, penalties of up to £20,000 were introduced in 1992 and offences heard on indictment in the Crown Court attract unlimited financial penalties and up to two years imprisonment.

The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 states:

"Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is so constructed or adapted as to be suitable for the purpose for which it is used or provided". (Regulation 4(1)). "This includes all work equipment (fixed, portable or transportable) connected to a source of electrical energy".

"Every employer shall ensure that work equipment is maintained in an efficient state, in efficient working and in good repair". (Regulation 5)

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states:

"As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonable practicable, such danger". (Regulation 4(2)).

"Electrical equipment includes anything used, intended to be used or installed for use, to generate, provide, transmit, transform, rectify, convert, conduct, distribute, control, store, measure or use electrical energy". (Regulation 2(1)).

"It shall be the duty of every employer and self-employed person to comply with the provisions of these Regulations in so far as they relate to matters which are within his control". (Regulation 3).

How often do my appliances need to be PAT tested?

The frequency of testing is dependant on the type of equipment and the environment in which it is used. Our testing is based on the frequencies recommended in the guidelines by the Health & Safety Executive (HSE), Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) : This can range anywhere from 3 months to 2 yearly. Please contact us directly and we can advise.

What type of appliances need to be PAT tested?

Basically, any type of equipment which has a plug and is powered by electricity.

Why use Facit Testing for our PAT Testing?

We have experience in a wide range of business sectors which include:

Schools, Colleges, Health Care Establishments, Engineering and Construction, Public Sector, Financial Institutions, Government & Council Bodies, Holiday Parks, Manufacturing Companies, Private Landlords & Letting Agents, Manufacturing and Retail Shops.

What does it cost to have PAT Testing?

Our prices are calculated per test. If you would like a free no obligation quote, please call us on 0845 130 8338.

How do you provide the results?

We provide a bound report which includes a full Appliance register; failed appliances (if any) are printed on pink paper for easy identification. You will also receive a wall display certificate and upon request we can also provide a CD Rom containing all the information in PDF format.

Will you inform me when my next test is due?

We store all of our client information on our database and contact you before a retest is due.

Microwave Leakage Testing

What is Microwave Leakage?

Microwave leakage is the leakage of radiation from a door seal or safety interlock from a microwave.

Why do I need to carry out Microwave Leakage testing?

Microwave leakage testing involves a procedure that uses a leakage tester which can check for any leakage of radiation whilst the microwave is in use. This testing can be carried out at the same time as the Portable Appliance Testing.

What does it cost for Microwave Leakage testing?

Costs are based per microwave. If you would like a free no obligation quote, please call us on 0845 130 8338.

How do you provide the results?

We provide a bound report to relevant British standards (if applicable) and a list of all items tested and a certificate.

Will you inform me when my next test is due?

We store all of our client information on our database and contact you before a retest is due.

Emergency Lighting Testing

What is Emergency Lighting for?

Emergency lighting is lighting that provides you with adequate illumination, should the electricity supply fail, thus enabling you to leave a building safely.

Emergency lighting is not designed for normal operations to continue, it is designed to allow making a safe exit from a building.

Why do I need to have my Emergency Lighting tested?

The Fire Precautions Regulations 1997 states:

"Emergency routes and exits requiring illumination with emergency lighting of adequate intensity in case lighting fails".

It is the employer's responsibility to comply and to ensure that all systems are maintained and tested at suitable intervals. We carry out annually, a 3 hour test and 6 monthly a 1 hour test involving the isolation of all emergency lighting circuits to ensure that all lights stay illuminated for the required amount of time and that the lamps and batteries are in good condition. Also, we will identify by location each light contained within the system and any non compliances will be reported.

What does it cost to have my Emergency Lighting Tested?

Costs are based on the size of the installation. If you would like a free no obligation quote, please call us on 0845 130 8338.

How do you provide the results?

We provide a bound Report based upon BS5266 Annex B Periodic Inspection and Test Certificate stating address, type of system, pass/fail, type of fittings used and fault action record and a re-test date.

Will you inform me when my next test is due?

We store all of our client information on our database and contact you before a retest is due.

Fire Alarm Testing

What is a Fire Alarm system for?

All fire alarm detection systems should be designed and installed to ensure that an early warning of any impending fire will give adequate time for all persons within the premises to make a safe exit.

Why do I need to have my Fire Alarm Tested?

The Fire Precautions Regulations 1997 require that fire alarm detection systems should be installed where there is a requirement for the early warning of a fire.

In the event of a fire, the testing and inspection of this system is essential to ensure it works correctly. Poor installation and maintenance can cause the system to fail or be inoperable which could lead to damage, injury or even loss of life.

To maintain your system sufficiently it is the employer's responsibility to ensure that a testing programme is carried out annually and that all additions and alterations to the system are recorded within the log book and tested to ensure safe operation.

We will test and maintain all parts of the system including alarm panel, break glass units, smoke detectors, heat detectors and sounders. This will also involve activating the alarm via the break glass unit or one of the detectors to ensure the correct levels 'dB' are achieved (not less that 65 dB).

What does it cost to have my Fire Alarm tested?

Costs are based on the size of the installation. If you would like a free no obligation quote, please call us on 0845 130 8338.

How do you provide the results?

We provide a bound report based upon BS5266 Annex B Periodic Inspection and Test stating address, type of system, pass/fail, type and composition of fittings and fault action record, and a retest date.

Will you inform me when my next test is due?

We store all client information on our database and we contact you before the re-test is due.

Thermal Imaging

What is Thermal Imaging?

Thermal Imaging is a non evasive and non intrusive type of testing that can find potential problems that may cause the electrical installation or parts of it to fail. This can be carried out without any loss of power.

Why do I need to carry out Thermal Imaging?

Thermal Imaging uses a thermal camera to look for loose connections or overloading and can be an effective way of finding potential problems within your installation. They are are displayed as red areas on an infra red image. A hot spot is a part of the electrical installation that could possibly be about to fail, be damaged or have a loose connection. If any hot spots are discovered they can be rectified before the fault causes too much damage to the electrical components. This involves every electrical distribution board, main panel and sub main panel and the results are to be analysed using the photographic results obtained during the installation.

What does it cost for Thermal Imaging?

If you would like a free no obligation quotation, please call us on 0845 130 8338.

How do you provide the results?

We provide a Report containing the results and the thermal images that have been captured and a solution, should any problems be discovered.

Lightning Protection

What is Lightning Protection?

Lightning Protection is a system designed to protect a structure from unnecessary damage due to lightning strikes. This is done by intercepting such strikes and passing the high voltages to "Earth". All lightning protection systems include lightning rods, conductors and ground electrobes to provide a low resistance path to earth.

Why do I need to carry out Lightning Protection Testing?

Lightning Protection systems are used to prevent and/or minimise the damage to installations that could be caused by a lightning strike. An example of an installation that could be vulnerable to a lightning strike is a church. When a lightning strikes a church it could cause two types of damage, building structure or electrical wiring and equipment within the building.

What does it cost for Lightning Protection testing?

If you would like a free no obligation quotation, please call us on 0845 130 8338

How do you provide the results?

We provide a bound report to relevant British standards (if applicable) and a list of all items tested and a certificate.

Will you inform me when my next test is due?

We store all of our client information on our database and contact you before a retest is due.

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