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The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 requires that all electrical systems (including electrical appliances) are maintained (so far it is reasonable and practicable) to prevent danger.
Electrical Inspection and Testing is an essential part of any organisation and should be carried out at the recommended intervals. Testing of electrical installations and equipment ensures that your property and employees are kept safe, and your business remains compliant with all the electrical regulations and standards that apply.
With regular testing, problem areas can quickly be identiﬁed and remedied, preventing costly repairs and business downtime.
John Heaney (Electrical) Limited undertake all forms of electrical inspection and testing to keep you and your business compliant, and your people safe.
FIXED WIRE TESTING
The two main risks associated with electricity are electric shock and ﬁre. Every Electrical Installation deteriorates with use and age, and if not periodically inspected and maintained, a breakdown of the installation can occur, leading to overheating, an increased risk of electric shock or even ﬁre. Regular testing of electrical installations and appliances protects against the possible risk of injury to personnel and damage to property.
All aspects of your electrical installation can be inspected and tested for strength, damage, wear, tear, integrity, corrosion, excessive electrical loading, ageing, environmental inﬂuences and most importantly compliance with the BS7671:2022 as amended.
John Heaney (Electrical) Limited’s highly qualiﬁed workforce are experienced in carrying out all electrical testing. They guarantee to do so with maximum efﬁciency and minimum inconvenience to the client, even if this means out of normal hours.
HOW REGULARLY SHOULD
FIXED WIRE TESTING BE
Recommended testing periods can be found in the current IEE Wiring Regulations BS7671. These vary depending on the environment and the use of the installation. As a general guide:
Public swimming pools, caravan parks, cinemas, theatres, hotels and restaurants should be tested annually Industrial premises should be tested at least once every 3 years
Commercial premises and educational establishments such as shops, offices, hospitals and laboratories should be tested at least once every 5 years or change of occupancy John Heaney (Electrical) Limited’s staff are all trained to carry out inspections of new installations and periodic inspection and testing of existing installations. All inspections and testing are carried out to the recognised standard (BS7671).
Once Testing has been completed, the John Heaney (Electrical) Limited team collate the results and issue the client with a full NICEIC report containing notification of any remedial action required.
PORTABLE APPLIANCE TESTING (PAT)
What is a portable appliance?
A portable appliance is any electrical item which can be or is intended to be moved whilst connected to an electrical supply or can be disconnected from its socket and taken elsewhere.
Some examples of appliances that you may find in your workplace and that require testing include:
Why do we carry out PAT testing?
25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances (ﬁgure from HSE). This safety risk has led to several pieces of legislation being introduced by the government.
HOW REGULARLY SHOULD
PAT TESTING BE
The government regulations do not specify exact timescales for carrying out testing. The frequency of tests is at the discretion of the H&S representative and can depend on:
What type of equipment is being used
Where the equipment is being used
What the equipment is used for
Regular testing of appliances ensures businesses can be satisfied that their equipment is safe for use and guards against the risks of injury to personnel and damage to property.
EMERGENCY LIGHTING TESTING
In accordance with the requirements of BS5266, emergency lighting systems should be periodically tested and inspected to ensure that all luminaires function and are positioned (including signage) correctly.
John Heaney (Electrical) Limited can offer a comprehensive testing and assessment service to include the following:
Battery discharge test
Lumen level output assessment
Survey to assess adequate coverage
Compatibility with BS requirement
By their very nature, emergency lighting systems need to be reliable. But like all electrical installations, they are vulnerable to deterioration or faults developing over time and these may cause the systems to fail. So, it’s essential that suitably qualiﬁed engineers test emergency lighting systems regularly.
When a manufacturing business suffers a loss of production due to an electrical problem, the ﬁnancial implications can be considerable. Even if only one piece of equipment is faulty and shuts down, this will inevitably have a knock-on effect on related processes.
John Heaney (Electrical) Limited therefore recommends that businesses guard against such unnecessary and costly breakdowns by making thermal imaging of electrical plant and equipment part of their regular maintenance programme.
Thermal imaging is a non-invasive procedure which allows the early identiﬁcation of potential problems such as loose connections or over-heating. Our state-of-the-art thermal imaging camera scans electrical plant and equipment producing detailed information which forms the basis of a full report.
Any vulnerability would be detected and put right before it can cause a costly breakdown and loss of production.
We inspect anything from HV/LV switchgear to busbar sections to UPS switchgear and cells under discharge. We offer load readings for supply and circuits, fault rating system to gauge the severity of the fault and remedial recommendations.
Thermal imaging is one of the most valuable diagnostic tools for predictive maintenance. By detecting anomalies often invisible to the naked eye, thermography allows corrective action to be taken before costly system failures occur.
Our multi-disciplined team is capable of repairing and re-manufacturing a wide range of industrial equipment such as pumps, gearboxes, mechanical seals, centrifuges and valves. We also have fabrication facilities and can offer on-site mechanical installation and maintenance services.
John Heaney (Electrical) Limited facilities management services can provide packages tailored to our client’s individual requirements creating a single point of contact for the smooth operation of their premises, support services and infrastructure, allowing our clients to concentrate on their core business.
John Heaney (Electrical) Limited are certified to design, install and maintain your High Voltage requirements safely and professionally, ensuring safe electrical infrastructures. From simple quotations to comprehensive network studies and full turnkey projects.