Electrical Installation Inspection & Testing (Commercial and Industrial)

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, impose duties on employers and duty holders in respect of their electrical systems and electrical equipment. To prevent danger, such as electrical shock, fire, and loss of life, all systems shall be maintained correctly.

A duty holder can demonstrate compliance with the regulations, in respect of their electrical installation, by having fixed wire inspection and testing carried out on their premises.

Safe Building Services carry out fixed wire inspection and testing in accordance with BS7671 on all types of properties from commercial, residential, and industrial across the whole of Scotland and the North East of England. We are an approved contractor with the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) and Select Scotland.

Electrical installation inspection & testing in accordance with BS7671 involves the testing of electrical circuits and distribution boards. The wiring of each circuit will undergo a series of tests to ensure that the wiring is safe and that the circuit is wired correctly. Each circuit’s cable and accessories, including light switches, fittings, socket outlets, and supplies to other fixed equipment, will be tested and inspected for any damage, deterioration, or dangerous conditions.

We will be more than happy to assist you with any electrical installation inspection and testing you require and will ensure that you are fully compliant with current regulations. Our aim is to keep you, your residents, and your staff safe from electrical hazards.

For more information on electrical installation inspection & testing get in touch with one of our team who will be more than happy to help with your requirements.

Domestic Electrical Installation Inspection & Testing

As a landlord, you’re responsible for the safety of the electrics throughout the property – this includes the installation itself and any electrical appliances you’ve provided. You’ll need to make sure these are safe when a new tenant moves in and is maintained for the duration of their tenancy.

For landlords in Scotland or whose properties are classified as HMOs, it is a legal requirement to get an EICR completed at least every 5 years.

 As of 1st June 2020, private landlords are now legally required to have an EICR at least every five years or after change of occupancy.

If you start a new tenancy on or after 1st July 2020, you’ll need to make sure the first inspection and testing are carried out before your new tenants move in. For existing tenancies, you’ll need to complete them by 1st April 2021.

But if you don’t, you could face fines of up to £30,000 and your insurance could be invalidated. Banning orders may also be brought for serious or repeated offences.

Safe Building Services carry out fixed wire inspection and testing in accordance with BS7671 on all types of properties from one-off properties for homeowners or private landlords to large social housing providers across the whole of Scotland and the North East of England. We are an approved contractor with the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting (NICEIC) and Select Scotland.

Electrical installation inspection & testing in accordance with BS7671 involves the testing of electrical circuits and distribution boards. The wiring of each circuit will undergo a series of tests to ensure that the wiring is safe and that the circuit is wired correctly. Each circuit’s cable and accessories, including light switches, fittings, socket outlets, and supplies to other fixed equipment, will be tested and inspected for any damage, deterioration, or dangerous conditions.

We will be more than happy to assist you with any electrical installation inspection and testing you require and will ensure that you are fully compliant with current regulations. Our aim is to keep you, your residents, and your property safe from electrical hazards.

For more information on electrical installation inspection & testing get in touch with one of our team who will be more than happy to help with your requirements.

Portable Appliance Testing

Testing over 400,000 electrical appliances a year, Safe Building Services have a team of fully qualified PAT Engineers, covering the whole of Scotland and the North of England, from small shops, hotel groups, multi-site retail units and large local authorities, our PAT Engineers have experience of all kinds of environments.

Having electrical items formally inspected and testing is regarding as best practice in ensuring compliance with the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 by ensuring that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause unjustly is maintained and in a safe condition. The inspection and testing of electrical appliances is also a requirement of many business insurance providers.

Safe Building Services offer a hassle free service with all required electrical appliance inspected and tested to the highest standards in-line with the 5th Edition of the IET’s Code of Practice for the In-service Inspection & Testing of Electrical Equipment. Once the inspection and testing has been carried out, a full digital schedule of results is provided, with a completion certificate and a user checks poster.

For more information on Portable Appliance Testing from Safe Building Services get in touch with one of out team who will be more than happy to help with your requirements.

Emergency Lighting Installation, Inspection & Testing

Emergency lighting is required in premises to allow occupants to escape safely in an emergency situation. The requirements under BS 5266: 2016 state that a building must have adequate illumination for escape, and identify firefighting equipment. In the UK, the legislation stipulates that all business premises including offices, factories, pubs and clubs, schools, hospitals, and entertainment venues – including tents and marquees – must have emergency lighting. If the lighting is artificial (lighting from lamps), then it will be on escape routes showing exit signs, and in open areas 60m2 or greater.

The emergency lighting system must allow for the safe movement of occupants walking out of a building, whether during a power cut or evacuation. It will prevent panic during evacuation if the occupants can see the directional signs for escape routes. All escape routes must be illuminated, which includes rooms, corridors, and emergency exit route signage. The signage will be either luminescent or presented by illuminated signs showing directions.

In addition, the emergency lighting should illuminate firefighting equipment such as fire alarm call points and portable fire extinguishers, either on escape routes or elsewhere within the building, allowing the safe use and operation of such equipment to escape the building or fight the fire.

All emergency lighting must be maintained and regularly tested in the same way as other emergency equipment. Each light should be identified and have a location identity for recordkeeping. A record log can then be kept of system tests, defects, any damage to the system and remedial action relating to each light.

The monthly test should be carried out, and is a short functional test which ensures the lamp switches on and illuminates correctly. It should be free from damage and clean. The test should be done using the secure device key, commonly called a fish key due to its shape. The fish key should be used rather than switching off the mains lighting power, which may be hazardous to other occupants. Further information can be found in BS EN 50172 and BS 5366-8.

Annual emergency lighting tests should be performed for the full duration of the emergency light (ie three hours). If the lamps do not last past the duration then they will fail the test.

For more information on Emergency Lighting Installation, Inspection & Testing get in touch with one of our team who will be more than happy to help with your requirements.

Electrical Installation Thermal Imaging

The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989 requests a “duty of care” on landlords and employers to maintain electrical systems to prevent danger.

Thermal imaging is a widely used method as it can identify problems that the naked eye can’t and it is non-invasive or intrusive. Thermal imaging can detect potential problems within the electrical distribution system without the need to isolate circuits. Images can be taken of key components captured in a thermal image and a digital image.  Thermal imaging gives you the ability to carry out live testing whilst meeting your obligations under legislation.

For more information on Electrical Installation Thermal Imaging get in touch with one of our team who will be more than happy to help with your requirements.

Electrical Remedial Works

If you have recently had an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) completed for your premises, this may have highlighted some faults and defects that require attention. Your EICR will clearly show where faults have been found and a code will have been assigned to each one. Here are the definitions of the codes:

Code C1 Fault | This means that there is an immediate danger and requires urgent attention and repair as soon as possible

Code C2 Fault | This means there is a potential danger and is in an unsatisfactory condition which requires attention

Code C3 Fault | This means that a fault has been observed and there are recommended improvements that can be made

Whether you have had your EICR completed and require electrical remedial repair work or have yet to have your EICR completed, we would be happy to provide you a quotation for works or to conduct the required testing, to ensure your building remains compliant with current regulations.

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 places legal duties on employers to protect the employed through the provision of a safe working environment. Statutory Compliance is a legal requirement and normally the responsibility lies with a nominated person or team within the compliant company. 

For more information on Electrical Remedial Works get in touch with one of our team who will be more than happy to help with your requirements.

Electric Vehicle Charge Point Installation

Safe Building Services are approved as installers of ROLEC and PODPoint Electric Vehicle Charger Points under the Office for Zero Emissions Vehicles (OZEV) requirements.

Safe Building Services are able to install domestic and commercial electric vehicle chargers under the  OZEV grant scheme.

As members of NICEIC & SELECT, electric vehicle charge points installed by safe building services are installed to the highest standards.

For more information on Electric Vehicle, Charge Point Installation get in touch with one of our team who will be more than happy to help with your requirements.

Portable Fire Extinguisher Servicing

For more information on Portable Fire Extinguisher Servicing get in touch with one of our team who will be more than happy to help with your requirements.