Electrical Testing and Certification
Oakleaf Electrical provide all testing and certification services including electrical installation certification, minor works, Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) and portable appliance testing.
These certificates show that the work carried out is safe from the date it was installed and will assist with further inspection and testing. The certificate can help save on expensive exploratory work which might otherwise be needed in the future.
Additionally, in the event of a claim that an injury or fire was caused by an electrical installation, certificates can help prove that the installation had been installed to a satisfactory standard of safety. Also, up to date certification and regular testing/inspection of your premises are usually required by insurance companies for your policy to be valid, in the event of a claim.
Electrical Installation Conditions Reports (EICR)
Fixed Wire Testing, known as an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), is a legal requirement of all commercial premises. These properties require testing every 5 years, however, special units such as hospitals, may require testing once a year or even more frequently.
All electrical installations deteriorate due to several factors such as wear and tear, excessive electrical loading, corrosion, damage/vandalism and environmental influences, therefore, legislation requires that electrical installations are maintained in a safe condition and should be periodically inspected and tested.
An EICR is the most cost effective way of proving an electrical installation is safe. It is a formal document produced by the NICEIC following an assessment of the electrical installation within a property. It must be carried out by experienced qualified electrical contractors, who themselves are regularly accessed by organisations such as the NICEIC. Oakleaf are active members of the NICEIC and we are annually checked at our offices and at various projects completed throughout the year, to ensure exacting standards are met.
Oakleaf Electrical have the experience and personnel to work on both large and small projects and can be trusted to deliver the highest level of electrical testing and inspections.
All our operatives work as part of a team to provide an efficient and effective service, carried out to the highest professional standards, in accordance with all relevant legislation. We understand that when carrying out an EICR, any “downtime” can prove costly to your business and as so, we would endeavour to meet your needs and limit any unnecessary interruption by co-ordinating works around the busy times of your working day.
Our domestic, commercial and industrial testing service includes recording all of the test results accurately, which are then backed up for future reference, if required.
We also test emergency lighting, BS 5266-1 and fire alarm systems, BS 5839, Parts 1 and 6, both on completion and periodically.
Oakleaf Electrical will carry out repair works, following an EICR, emergency lighting or fire alarm periodic inspection, including replacing defective wiring and accessories.
PAT (Portable Appliance Testing)
Oakleaf Electrical recognises that PAT testing is an essential aspect of a company’s Health & Safety policy, to ensure that staff are safe at work from faulty electrical equipment, which is why we offer PAT testing services to all sizes of businesses/clients.
Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use and should be carried out by qualified electricians.
A visual inspection looks at damage to the cable, plug (including checking for any faulty wiring or fuse issues), case and/or any loose components. The visual inspection checks that the appliance/device is being used in its appropriate environment.
An earth continuity test checks for continuity between the plug and the appropriate parts of the device. The insulation test checks the cable for any faults or weaknesses.
Evidence of PAT testing is made by providing a small sticker placed on the device that includes the date of inspection and who carried out the test.
PAT Testing records are high on the inspection list for Fire Officers and Health & Safety Inspectors. By having your office tested and certified regularly, you will comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations (1989), as well as minimising risk to life and property.