Inspection, Testing & PAT
Naturally, any installation works we perform will be covered by an appropriate NICEIC Certificate, including eg Part P, issued on completion: but we also offer periodic testing of existing installations and wiring. A table of recommended test frequencies is here
Inspection need not be disruptive, our highly trained electricians work around you when compiling condition reports (EICRs).
We like to think that we take a thorough, but pragmatic approach to electrical inspection and testing and firmly believe that planned programmes serve the best interest of the customer.
We're happy to work out of hours to minimise disruption to your supplies and activities, offering not only completed NICIEC certification, but also guidance on repairs, remedies and recommendations should unfortunately there be things that need attention.
Please be aware, that unlike some, we quote for electrical inspection and testing as a stand alone piece of work. We do NOT quote cheap with hope/aim of finding something wrong, and we do NOT hold onto results afterwards as a pawn with which to negotiate repair costs. Our only motivation is to do it properly.
At Kirk & Crane we fully support the recent changes to the NICEIC’s Electical Inspection Condition Report (EICR) forms that encourage dialogue and risk assessment between electrician and client, and are ready to take your enquiries on 01476 590707
RCDs – please test them!
As the wiring regulations (BS7671) have evolved they’ve called for the greater and greater adoption of RCD (Residual Current Devices) protection.
All RCDs have a test button, and it is recommended that once every 3months this button is pressed.
They detect tiny differences, of the order of 1000ths of an Amp, and react by disconnecting the supply in 1000ths of a second. Pressing the button is simply keeping this mechanism “exercised” so that its ready to react.
So, we would strongly recommend they are tested quarterly, please follow this procedure
Portable Appliance Testing- PAT (Please ignore the P)
Although PAT is not specifically mentioned in the Electricity at Work regulations (EAWR) there is a legal requirement in Regulation 4(2) to maintain equipment. PAT is one good way to identify any equipment that needs maintenance and take the appropriate action.
Increasingly electronic equipment is placed at the heart of your business and no one wants to, or ask others to, operate either unsafe or unreliable equipment.
At Kirk & Crane we either perform the PAT ourselves, or where there are higher volumes manage properly assessed specialists, provided they work to our own exacting standards.
In our experience, having the same company manage both the PAT and fixed wiring testing reduces the risk significantly of appliances being missed. For example, a wall mounted panel heater may be ignored by the electrician from the spur onwards yet not tested by the PAT specialist as it hasn’t a plug. Please ignore the "P" , focus on the "A" for appliance.
By using our highly trained electricians, we can safely isolate the equipment and perform the testing properly complying with EAWR regulation 16.
Please call with your requirements or for advice 01476 590707