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ECFM Services carry out testing and inspections on a range of systems and equipment, covering commercial and domestic sectors.

 

THE IMPORTANCE OF TESTING AND INSPECTION

No matter how good the standards of an installation, piece of equipment or a system is, carrying out periodic testing and inspections forms part of the vital process of ensuring they function safely, as designed and pose no unnecessary risk to the user.

 

ECFM Services carry out testing and inspections on a range of systems and equipment, covering commercial and domestic sectors. All ECFM Services engineers and technicians are fully trained and qualified to the standards that each test and inspection discipline requires.

 

ELECTRICAL INSTALLATION CONDITION REPORT (EICR)

All electrical installations, over time, will deteriorate naturally as they are a working mechanism made up of various components and working systems.

 

The purpose of an EICR (also known as a periodic inspection and testing of an electrical installation), is to determine so far as is reasonably practicable, whether the installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service.

 

An EICR report identifies any damage, deterioration, defeats and/or conditions which may give rise to danger along with observations for which improvement is recommended.

 

PAT TESTING

Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Testing) is the process of periodically testing electrical appliances. This forms part of the process that ensures that appliances have been effectively maintained and are safe to use for their appropriate function.

 

The frequency with which PAT Testing needs to be carried out on your appliances depends on their use and circumstances.

 

An example being an electric chop saw on a building site would be used frequently and more vigorously than a document laminator in an office environment thus the electric chop saw would need PAT Testing more frequently.

 

The periodic recording of the condition of a piece of portable electrical appliance in the workplace and in some other environments is a legal requirement, although the process of determining the condition of that piece of portable electrical appliance whether it be by visual or by an instrument is not a legal requirement. The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers and self employed persons (subsequently referred as ‘duty holders’) to take reasonable practical steps to ensure no danger results from the use of any electrical appliances.

 

Most insurance companies now specify before issuing their policy of cover that companies do carry out periodic PAT Testing.

ECFM Services offer guidance and support if you need to gain more of an understanding of the processes and procedures of Portable Appliance Testing (PAT Testing).

 

EMERGENCY LIGHT TESTING

A well maintained functioning emergency light system within any commercial building or premises forms a critical part of means of escape should normal power be disrupted at any time of the day or night. To neglect function testing or maintenance on an emergency system is not only against Health & Safety requirements and laws leading to possible prosecution it also puts life in danger.

 

Our test engineers and technicians have been trained to carry out testing and maintenance to the series of interdependent standards that cover emergency lighting are listed below.

Guidance Document

BS 5266-1 Code of Practice for emergency lighting of premises. Provides general rules and guidance on the provision and operation of emergency lighting in most premises other than dwelling houses.

 

System standards

BS EN 1838 Lighting applications – emergency lighting.  Specifies the illumination to be provided by emergency lighting (including luminance, duration and colour).

BS EN 50172 / BS 5266-8 Emergency escape lighting systems. Specifies the minimum provision and testing of emergency lighting for different premises.

 

Product standards

BS EN 60598-1 Luminaries.  General requirements and tests.  Refer to the 60598 series for particular requirements.

BS EN 62034 Automatic test systems for battery powered emergency escape lighting. Specifies a test system for battery powered emergency lighting

BS EN 50171 Central power supply systems. Specifies central power supply systems for emergency lighting luminaries.

The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005

The HM Government entry level guides to the RRFSO for different types of non-domestic premises and the communal areas in HMOs each have a section entitled “Further guidance on emergency escape lighting”, which provide additional relevant information. The guides can be accessed via this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/fire-safety-law-and-guidance-documents-for-business

ECFM Services offer guidance and support if you need to gain more of an understanding of the function and requirements of emergency light systems, please contact us.

 

FIRE POINT TESTING

Within buildings and offices fitted with a fire alarm system with one or more call points it is essential each call point is tested at least once subsequently over a period of time to prove it is operational.

 

British Standard BS 5839-1 Code of Practice makes 5 detailed recommendations in respect of weekly testing by the user, which in summary are:-

 

1 - This test to be carried out at approximately the same time each week;

2 - Additional tests to be made at least once a month for any employees not usually present during the normal The operation of a manual call

     point during normal working hours;

3 - Weekly test;

4 - In systems with multiple manual call points, a different one to be tested each week, so that all are eventually included in the schedule of testing

     over a period of time;

5 - The routine test time should not normally exceed one minute, so that the occupants of the premises can learn to distinguish between this

     weekly alarm and an actual fire alarm.

 

In respect of voice alarm systems, the Standard recommends that these are tested weekly in accordance with BS 5839-8.

 

ECFM Services offer a fire call point testing service which includes the activation and reset of the system tested and completion of records documenting the outcome of the test.

 

ECFM Services carry out inspections and testing of:-

Fire Door Periodic Inspections

Lightning Protection Test and Inspection

Safety Eyebolt Test and Inspection

 

If you are interested in any of the above services, please use our contact form stating which service you require.