COMMERCIAL FIXED WIRE TESTING (EICR)

Electrical safety is paramount, so we're here to help you get it right.

To prove your commercial building is safe, you've got to have an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), otherwise known as your certificate of inspection.

Your insurers will require evidence of your premises’ safety and compliance, which can only be acquired as part of a fixed wire test by a competent and qualified specialist. But don’t worry, you’ve landed in just the right place. Hit the big orange button below to submit a few details and we’ll be right back in touch!

3 Easy Ways to Stay

Electrical faults and failures can result in business downtime and data loss – the worst case scenario is someone gets hurt. Carry out these three steps to ensure you stay safe, compliant and trouble-free, so you can focus on what matters most to you:

1. Trust an expert

Have your fixed wire testing carried out by a competent specialist (i.e. us!) as frequently as required in your risk assessment

2. Retain evidence

Keep your Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) in a safe, accessible place as proof of your due diligence & legal compliance

3. Resolve threats

Carry out any necessary remedial work as soon as possible to restore your building's safety where discrepancies were highlighted

What is Fixed Wire Testing & Why Do I Need It?

You might hear this referred to as ‘Hard Wire Testing’ or having a ‘Periodic Inspection’. This assesses the condition of an existing electrical installation to make sure it’s distributing power safely from its source to the equipment it’s zapping electricity to. 

The main aims of your periodic inspection and testing include:

1. Confirming the integrity of your electrical installation

2. Preserving the safety of individuals against the effects of electric shock and burns

3. Identifying any defects and inconsistencies with regulations and standards required for safety

4. Protecting against damage to property by heat rising from an electrical defect, which could lead to a fire

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Without evidence of fixed wire testing, and if someone experiences an electrical-related injury, you could find yourself open to prosecution, so keeping up with your testing is incredibly important.

FIXED WIRE TESTING IS A LEGAL RESPONSIBILITY

As an employer and commercial building manager, you’re legally required to comply with a number of regulations designed to protect your building occupants, including employees to visitors and customers, from electrical-related injuries. 

Below are the notable laws and regulations, enforced by the Government’s Health & Safety Executive (HSE), you ought to be aware of. In addition to these, the British Standard BS7671 (also known as the IET Wiring Regulations) specifies the acceptable safety standards of electrical installations, including how they ought to be designed, constructed and installed so they can be used safely. But don’t worry, you don’t need to know the ins-and-outs of this – that’s what we’re here for! 

Health & Safety at Work Act 1974

This law outlines the responsibilities and duties of both employers and their employees “to ensure the health, safety and welfare of all persons at work” to help protect “against risks to health or safety”

Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999

This talks about risks and how employers ought to assess and manage posed safety risks, whilst employees should work in line with their employer’s protocols and training.

Electricity at Work Regulations 1989

The aim of this is to help prevent death or injury from electrical causes whilst at work. It specifies “all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger”.

Workplace (Health, Safety & Welfare) Regulations 1992

This also talks about the importance of maintaining systems and equipment in your commercial premises, stating they myst be “in an efficient state, in efficient working order and in good repair”.

What happens during fixed wire testing?

Your fixed wire testing is part of your building’s ‘Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM)’ and should be carried out by competent specialists (i.e. us!). 

Your fixed wire testing will:

1. Uncover any safety risks which need addressing

2. Establish if there has been any wear and tear, or damage

3. Reveal if any electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded

4. Include both visual inspections and electrical testing to determine the integrity of cables and connected devices

If there are any flagged discrepancies and remedial works needed, we’ll be here to help you address them as soon as humanly possible!

How often do I need to have Fixed-Wire Testing?

The frequency of your electrical inspection and testing depends on a number of factors, including the type of building, its occupancy, the dependency on electrical equipment and the type of electrical equipment installed. 

For example, commercial and educational establishments, offices, shops, restaurants, hotels and public houses are all recommended to have fixed wire testing every 5 years. However, cinemas are recommended to have fixed wire testing every 1-3 years, whilst swimming pools, launderettes and petrol stations are recommended to have this every year. Construction sites are even more frequent with the recommendation being every 3 months!

As well as your periodic inspection, you are also advised to have fixed wire testing and a revision of your EICR when:

a) There is a change of occupancy 

b) There is a change in the use of the premises

c) You’ve had additions or alterations made to the original installation

d) A noticeable change/increase in the electrical installation has been found

e) Damage, such as flooding or other environmental influences, are believed to have had an impact on the installation

Not sure how often your premises ought to have fixed wire testing? This is typically detailed in your risk assessment by a competent specialist, but if you’re not sure, give us a holla and we’ll be happy to help! 

We're compliance nerds, here to keep you above board

Fixed wire testing is just one of those things you’ve got to do. But you do get a say in who you get to do this for you. Because our relationships mean as much as the job we do for you, we believe we’re the right fit for the bill.

You can trust us at WFP Fire & Security to help you:

Keep your people safe from electrical injuries

Follow regulations and exercise due diligence

Stay headache-free with support when you need it

If you’re looking for a team to tick these essential boxes for you, look no further!

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