Inspecting and Testing
Simat Electrical Contractors provide electrical inspection and testing services for commercial, industrial and domestic installations across Bolton, Lancashire, Greater Manchester and the wider North West of England.
The significance and importance of electrical inspection and testing services is often overlooked – but in reality, installation and appliances can degrade over time – potentially exposing you, your team and your business to unnecessary danger.
As well as periodic testing, Simat always provide certification for all our installations, whether they’re new, in addition to existing works – or involve alterations to existing work.
The team here at Simat hold a huge range of professional accreditations – meaning we’re perfectly placed to provide testing and inspection services across a huge range of businesses and premises. Our team are all time-served City and Guilds electrical engineers – as well as being NICEIC contractor and domestic installer approved.
What’s more, we are IPAF, PASMA and CSCS accredited, as well as being licensed to work on premises that handle food and drink manufacture – meaning that no matter what environment you operate in, we’re comfortable, confident and competent at delivering our professional service.
What Does Testing Involve?
Testing and inspection is a complex area that requires a high level of electrical expertise. Put simply, testing ensures that all electrical circuits and equipment are not being put under excess electrical stress.
In addition, inspection work involves looking for areas where circuits and equipment are not appropriately earthed or bonded – keeping everyone in your business environment safe. Certification or recommendations for additional works can be created after all testing is complete.
Why is testing and inspection required?
There are a number of bodies who advise on electrical safety in the UK – including the Government’s Health and Safety Executive. Under UK law – and specifically the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 – employers are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of both their employees and the public. This very much includes electrical safety.
In short, it is your legal responsibility to ensure your electrical systems are safe – but fortunately, this obligation is a lot easier to achieve with a reliable accredited electrical contractors on your side.
How often is testing and inspection required?
Simat certify every job we do – no matter how big or small. However, it’s not just when work has taken place that checks are needed.
The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET – previously the Institute of Electrical Engineers or IEE) is the body that issues regulations and UK standards relating to electrical wiring. They advise inspecting of wiring and electrical systems on the following basis:
- Commercial installations – a maximum of 5 years between inspection and testing
- Industrial installations – a maximum of 3 years between inspection and testing
However, the IET also recommend testing and inspection upon changes of occupancy – so departing or moving into premises is an important time to check safety too.
Inspecting and Testing Around Your Business
As well as being electrical contractors – we’re also a business, so we understand that you can’t just close your doors while we test and inspect your premises. The team here at Simat will work with you find a time and situation where it’s convenient for us do the necessary work to ensure your electrical systems are safe.
Accidents at work do happen – but with Simat conducting scheduled testing on your behalf, you can make sure the risks from electricity are at an absolute minimum.
No matter how big or small your business is, we make sure we always delivery a hard-working, professional and courteous service that means you can run your business without worrying about electrical issues.
If you’re a business or organisation in Bolton, Greater Manchester, Lancashire or the North West and have an inspection of testing requirement, you can get in touch with us by calling 01204 400 696, clicking here – or emailing us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org