What benchmarking standard is used in the UK for electrical installation work?
Electrical work carried out in the UK in Homes and Workplaces must conform to BS7671 (The IEE Regulations).
How does the NICEIC / ECA monitor the competency of it's Contracting Members?
Maintenance of standards is by on-site monitoring carried out by appointed Inspecting Engineers of these Organisations.
Why carry out regular checks of electrical installations?
Apart from the obvious safety benefit and peace of mind, there are advantages to be gained, including; Reduction of the risk of fire, reduced maintenance costs and downtime, Reduced Insurance Premiums, Compliance with safety legislation.
Why carry out portable appliance testing?
Portable Appliance Testing ensures that the equipment is safe to use and complies with the H & S requirement on electrical appliances. This is a statutory requirement for Businesses and Schools.
What indicates that I might need an electrical test?
Frequent failures of systems, lights and repaired fuses or circuit breaker tripping, overheating cables, sockets and plugs with brittle cable insulation, inadequate lighting with frequent lamp changes, arcing and crackling light switches, multiple extension leads, adaptors and more than one lead in a plug.
How often should I test my electrical equipment?
Electrical equipment should be visually checked to spot early signs of damage or deterioration. Equipment should be more thoroughly tested by a competent person often enough that there is little chance the equipment will become dangerous between tests. Equipment used in a harsh environment should be tested more frequently than equipment that is less likely to become damaged or unsafe.
It is good practice to make a decision on how often each piece of equipment should be checked, write this down, make sure checks are carried out accordingly and write down the results. You should change how often you carry out checks, according to the number and severity of faults found.
How often should I get my electrical installation tested?
Electrical installations should be tested often enough that there is little chance of deterioration leading to danger. Any part of an installation that has become obviously defective between tests should be de-energised until the fault can be fixed.
You should have your electrical installation inspected and tested by a person who has the competence to do so, such as an approved contractor from:
• Electrical Contractors' Association (ECA) link to external website
• National Association for Professional Inspectors and Testers (NAPIT)
• National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC)
It is possible to do simple checks on your installation using an electrical socket tester. This is a device that can be plugged into a socket outlet to identify if there is a wiring fault. However, please be aware that many types of socket tester cannot detect certain types of fault, and could indicate the socket is safe when it actually isn't.
What is the NICEIC?
The NICEIC, National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting is the electrical contracting industry’s independent voluntary body for electrical installation matters. It offers support, leading certification services, Building regulations schemes, products and support to electrical contractors and many other trades.
What is the ECA?
A trade association; founded over 100 hundred years ago, the ECA represents electrical, electronic installation, engineering and building services companies. It is recognized by the government as an authoritative voice of the electrical sector.
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