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How Long You Have To Fix Defects Following Electrical Inspection

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To prevent any danger caused by faulty electrical systems and other activities related to such, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR), urges employers, employees and the self-employed to be dutiful. But the EAWR can only do so much with regards to issues on electrical inspection and testing alone. Regulation 4 says that employers should take all needed steps ‘so far as reasonably practicable’ to prevent danger arising from electrical systems and work activities on or near them.

Here are tips as to where duty holders should go for their electrical inspection and testing and when they need to handle defects depending on how severe the problem is:

BEST PRACTICE

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) made the Memorandum of Guidance on the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 which serves as an advisory document of best practice. This, in turn, references the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET) Wiring Regulations (BS 7671) as “a code of practice which is widely recognised and accepted in the UK and compliance with them is likely to achieve compliance with the relevant aspects of the EAWR”.

IGNORE AT YOUR PERIL

The Guidance and the referenced IET Regulations are only advisory, as duty holders are required to prove that they took all steps ‘so far as reasonably practicable’ as per the new sentencing guidelines that now state that courts need to consider the risk of harm and the accountability of defendants.

THE IET REGULATIONS, DEFECT CODES AND EXPECTED TIME FRAME
The following should be included and the standardised codes that should be part of all electrical testing and reports:
  • Test results
  • Condition Report: This will state how severe the defects are against the standards.
  • Schedule of Defects: These will be given the codes C1,C2,C3, and FI terms of severity of defects and timescales for rectification

The time when you have to carry out repairs depends on the Schedule of Defect code.

C1: DANGER PRESENT (REQUIRES IMMEDIATE ACTION)

When danger is present, immediate action is advised without delay to fix the defect or take any other appropriate step to remove the danger.

Examples:

  • Exposed live parts
  • Live conductive parts due to faults

C2: POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS (ACTION SHOULD USUALLY BE TAKEN WITHIN 30 DAYS)

As we all know, the installation may not pose any immediate risk but urgent action is required to remove any potential danger.

Examples:

  • No reliable and/or effective ways of earthing for installation
  • No earthing at a socket outlet
  • Ineffective overcurrent protection

C3: IMPROVEMENTS NEEDED: NO TIME LIMIT PROVIDED.

This applies when present on the case is a clear non-compliance with a current safety standard is found. Remedial action would significantly improve safety but there is no immediate or potential danger, Remedial work should be given consideration.

Examples:

  • No RCD protection for a socket-outlet that supply portable or mobile equipment for outdoor use
  • No RCD protection for cables at a depth of less than 50mm from a surface of a wall where cables do not incorporate an earthed metallic covering, not enclosed in earthed metalwork, or are not mechanically protected against penetration

FI: FOR FURTHER INVESTIGATION: THE ISSUE SHOULD BE INVESTIGATED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

If a potential safety issue has been found but is not yet fully identified, further investigation regarding the matter is highly recommended.

Examples:

  • Characteristics of electricity supply do not conform to supply industry norms
  • Presence of circuits that cannot be readily identified or traced
To understand and achieve compliance when it comes to your electrical inspection and testing responsibilities is to know what your duties are based on the law. If you need any assistance and want to more about the process, you may visit the official website of EJS Electrical.
Power Saving Tips

5 Free Ways To Reduce Your Electricity Bills

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Expensive electricity bills? You can do something about it. Follow these free energy-saving tips.

 

Install a smart thermostat or thermostatic radiator valves for your entire house.

These heating controllers will allow you to set the heating temperature in each room and even the hot water in your cloakroom and bathroom. Getting a smart thermostat, which provides the same heating controls on the Internet. It also comes with cool features, such as weather forecasts and your daily routine.

 

Replace old appliances and light bulbs with new energy-efficient models.

Older versions of electric appliances and light bulbs have been proven to consume more electricity to power up as opposed to their newer counterparts that claim to be more energy efficient. The mere act of replacing all the old light bulbs in your home with an LED bulb can cut your electric bill up to £80 each year. An LED light bulb cost only £1.70 to run annually while traditional bulbs cost more than double to run.

 

Be more mindful of your use of electricity.

A good habit can be as simple as switching off lights when they are not in use or when it is unnecessary can help reduce your electricity bill. Another brilliant strategy would be putting on a sweater or a cardigan instead of cranking up your heater higher. According to the Energy Savings Trust, lowering your room temperature by just 1 degree Celsius can save you around £75 per year from electricity bill.

 

Avoid leaving your electronic devices on standby and phone chargers plugged overnight.

This is an easy and effortless practice but saves you around £75 per year.

 

Address draughts, gaps, and poorly ventilated areas at home where heat escapes

Lost heat means wasted electricity and your money down the drain. There are a few good measures that you can put in place to solve this dilemma, from insulating your loft to applying draught-proofing strips to your doors and windows, or boarding up your fireplace when it is not in use.

 

Bonus tip: Get a professional electrician to check your electrical appliances, outlets, and wiring.

 

Electricians in Swindon

EJS Electrical is a reputable electrical firm based in Swindon. We have a team of professional and licensed electricians who are NICEIC registered, Part P approved contractors, and IEE Wiring Regulations 17th Edition qualified in compliance with the current British Standards 7671. Our services include emergency call outs, testing and certification, and full and partial rewire for both residential and commercial establishments.

Do you need an electrician in Swindon? To speak with a member of our team, please call us on 01793 238806 or 07725 228145. You can also email us info@ejselectrical.co.uk or fill out our online contact form on our website.