Testing

All our Electrical testing works are issued with the necessary certification as required by British Standards. Our annual external audit by the NICEIC makes great emphasis on this so you can be happy that you have the correct certification for all works that we complete.

Electrical Condition (formerly known as Periodic Inspection) Report of fixed wiring.

These tests are normally undertaken every 5 years in commercial buildings to ensure the integrity of the fixed mains voltage wiring supplying the building. Our charges depend on the size of the building and the number of circuits.

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)

Our prices depend on the number of items that need testing, the labelling required along with the format of the report when the testing is completed. More commonly known as PAT Testing, this covers the following items either within the work place or rented accommodation, (the latter of which applies where a landlord provides fully furnished accommodation, it does not apply to appliances or items not provided by the landlord):

  • Portable appliances – this is an appliance which is less than 18Kg in mass that it is intended to be moved whilst in operation or an appliance that can be easily moved from one place to another e.g. Kettle, toaster
  • Moveable equipment – This is an appliance that is either 18Kg or less and is not fixed (e.g. an electric compressor) or has wheels, castors or other means to facilitate movement by the operator as required to perform its intended use e.g. air-conditioning unit
  • Hand-held appliances or equipment e.g. Power drill, Iron, hairdryer
  • Stationary Equipment or appliances – this is an appliance that has a mass greater than 18Kg and is not provided with a carrying handle e.g. washing machine, dishwasher, electric cooker (even if this is built in)
  • Fixed Equipment or appliances – this is an appliance which is fixed in a specific location e.g. central heating boiler, electric hand dryer. *CGL do not test such appliances under their standard In Service Inspection and should any such appliances be on site then these would be discussed with the ‘Responsible Person’ as these may be covered under the buildings ‘Periodic Testing’ of the Fixed Wiring.
  • IT Equipment that is mains powered e.g. VDU’s, printers, and power packs.
  • Extension Leads, RCD extension leads, Multiway Adaptors and RCD Adaptors

Why should the test be undertaken?

To ‘evidence’ that ‘reasonable’ steps have been taken to adhere to the Regulations laid down under Health & Safety and Corporate Manslaughter laws.

The test involves

  • Visual inspection
  • In service tests which involve checking the potential for an electric shock from the item being tested and that the item in use works properly. This test is done at a minimum on IT Equipment to avoid damage.
  • Assessing the suitability of the continuing use of an item based upon its use and location
  • Bringing any faults to the attention of the delegated “Responsible Person” on site.
  • Providing a summary of the Results once the tests are completed, along with a recommendation for when the next ‘Test’ should be undertaken*

It should be noted that the Code of Practice for In Service Inspections lays out a table of recommendations