What is an RCD?

An RCD (Residual Current Device) is a safety device that switches electricity off immediately if there is a fault and it therefore provides protection against electric shock and potential death.

Here is a Link to an Electrical Safety Council Factsheet
http://www.esc.org.uk/public/news-and-campaigns/campaigns/plug-into-safety/

What is Part P?

Part P was introduced in January 2005, it is a part of the building regulations series. Part P covers electrical installations and the requirements as set out within part P. It is enforceable in the same way as any of the other building regulations and the body who police it, at local level is your building control office. Building Regulations Part’s range from Part A

Here is a link to an NICEIC Factsheet
(structuhttp://niceic.com/Uploads/File1247.pdfre) to Part P (electrical)

What is BS 7671?

There is only one safety standard for electrical installations in Britain the BS7671 IEE Wiring Regulations 17th edition.

How does the warranty you offer work?

  • The Warranty Lasts 6 Years.
  • The customer pays for it, but only if they choose to take out the warranty.
  • The cost of the warranty is generally based on the value of the notifiable electrical contract works completed – typically 1.5% of the contract value, with some smaller works however a minimum fee may apply.
  • As the warranty is a financial product it is regulated by the FSA, and so we cannot provide you with advice upon it or take any form or payment for it.

Electrical Inspections? – The EICR – Electrical Installation Condition Report

The purpose of an installation condition report is to help ensure the safety of persons and livestock against electric shock or burns and to help prevent property from being damaged by fire.
When the inspection is complete a report (EICR) will be provided that details the condition of the installation at the time of the test and will identify any areas of deterioration or installation defects and deviations from the wiring regulations. A list of recommendations will also be provided if relevant.

What kinds of properties need to have an EICR and how often should the test be carried out?
Domestic, commercial and industrial installations require a EICR to be carried out at regular intervals.
These intervals vary depending on the type of installation concerned. Some examples are listed below.
Domestic – 10 years or change of occupancy.
Commercial – 5 years or change of occupancy.
Industrial – 3 years
Residential accommodation – 5 years or change of occupancy.
Static caravans – 1 year
Construction sites – 3 months

All electrical installations deteriorate with age and usage and some faster than others depending on the environment and other factors.
There is legislation that requires all electrical installations to be kept in a safe condition.

Some of this legislation are written in :
BS7671 IEE Wiring Regulations
– Memorandum of guidance on the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989
– The Electricity at Work Act 1989

A Condition Report can also be requested by Public Bodies, Mortgage lenders, Licensing authorities or Insurance companies.

What is done during the inspection?
In order to carry out the test it is necessary to switch off the whole installation at least once. In certain circumstances it may be necessary to switch off individual circuits several times in order to find out what they control. Access will be required to all areas of the property that are covered by the electrical installation being tested. Any agreed limitations that are imposed on the inspection will be recorded on the certificate. If any faults are found during the inspection that present an immediate danger of fire or injury then we will make the fault safe by either a repair (permanent or temporary) or by switching off the circuit in question.

Emergency Lighting

Maintaining your emergency lighting units ensures that all users have sufficient illumination in the event of an emergency to evacuate a building.
The role of the “responsible person” in a premises is to ensure periodic checks are carried out, below we have provided an overview of the testing procedure to give an idea of the frequency and means of testing that should be carried out.
Monthly emergency lighting tests (This test can be conducted by the Responsible person or a qualified electrician)
All emergency lighting systems must be tested monthly. The test is a short functional test in accordance with BS EN 50172:2004 / BS 5266-8:2004.
The period of simulated failure should be sufficient for the purpose of this test while minimising damage to the system components, e.g. lamps. During this period, all luminaires and signs shall be checked to ensure that they are present, clean and functioning correctly.

Annually
A test for the full rated duration of the emergency lights (e.g. 3 hours) must be carried out. The emergency lights must still be working at the end of this test.
The result must be recorded and, if failures are detected, these must be remedied as soon as possible.