Electrical Initial Verification Chester
Electrically safe and compliant with an Initial Verification in Chester
The initial verification forms the basis of the subsequent periodic inspection and testing and is essential in all electrical installations. We provide full electrical verification for homeowners and businesses in the Chester, Cheshire area as well as further afield.
If there has been no inspection for a number of years or previous inspection records are unavailable then a full inspection and test of the installation is required to verify its condition and safety for continued use.
We perform impartial initial verification on 3rd party commercial installations both during and post installation to ensure they are compliant with the IET Wiring Regulations (BS 7671).
The laws and requirements governing commercial electrical installations are:
- Common Law
- The Landlord and Tenant Act 1985
- The Housing Act 2004
- The Electricity at Work Act 1989
- The Housing and Planning Act 2016
- The Fire Precautions (Workplace) Regulations 1997
- The Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994
- The Plugs and Sockets etc (Safety) Regulations 1994
- Insurance requirements
If your business has not had an initial verification and does not perform periodic tests at least every 5 years some of the risks are:
- A fine of £5,000 per item not conforming
- Imprisonment of up to 6 months
- Invalid insurance
- Corporate Manslaughter charges
- Civil action for damages
Impartial Check of Electrical Systems
Employing a 3rd party such as Atlas Electric to inspect your premises ensures that the electrical installation complies to the current wiring regulations and that the electrical tests have been carried out in accordance with B.S 7671(2015).
All too often electrical installations are verified by the same company that installed the systems – leading to confirmation bias and inaccurate reporting.
The net effect of using your existing provider to “mark their own work” is a high risk of failure which can severely affect your business. Using a 3rd party to verify takes away any risk of bias and decreases risk.
We will randomly sample test recordings and repeat these tests thoroughly and highlight any discrepancies. Employing this service ensures you get the best quality work from your contractors.
Example of Procedure
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 requires that: “As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, as far as is reasonably practicable, such danger”
An initial Verification covers broadly:
- Checking continuity of protective conductors, including main and bonding
- Checking continuity of ring final circuit conductors
- Insulation resistance
- Polarity testing
- Earth fault loop impedance tests
- Prospective fault current testing
- RCD testing
- Phase sequence testing
- Functional testing
- BS 5839-6 Fire detection and fire alarm systems for buildings testing
- BS 5266 Emergency Lighting
- BS 7671 Identify departures from the National standard
- Overloaded circuit checks
- Shock risks and hazards
- Identify defective electrical work
- Identify any lack of earthing or bonding
- Portable Appliance Testing
- Fixed Appliances – checking of equipment supplied via a fixed spur
- Fixed Installations – checking the wiring within the building
We will also consult with the business on the most effective methods to ensure documentation is accessible, frequency of required inspections and offer contingency and business process services. If you would like any more information please contact us.