PERIODIC TEST & INSPECTION
With the introduction of the Home Info Pack you might like to know that your home or business are safe from electrical hazards. This can be done by having a Periodic Inspection Report (pir) undertaken by a competent electrician.
Gary as a fully qualified & competent electrician holds the City & Guilds 2391-test and inspection qualification. With this qualification & the professional indemnity insurance means we at GST maintenance are able to undertake periodic inspections of any domestic / commercial & industrial electrical installations and supply you the customer with a comprehensive written report and a schedule of test results, giving you a report on the health of the electrical installation & any works that will be required to rectify any safety issues that may arise from the test & inspection.
A visual inspection can also be undertaken of any domestic or commercial installation. This does not include any testing, but you are given a written report on any visible deterioration that may be evident, & a list of any remedial actions that may be required.
FULL PERIODIC TEST INSPECTION from = £150.00
VISUAL INSPECTION from = £55.00
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PART P of the building regulations.
According to Government statistics, each year on average 10 people die and about 750 are seriously injured in accidents involving unsafe electrical installations in the home. To help address this issue, the Construction Industry Deregulation Task Force recommended in 1995 that electrical safety requirements should be included in the Building Regulations.
Part P of the building regulations is intended to increase the safety of households by improving the design, installation, inspection and testing of electrical installations in dwellings when these installations are being newly built, extended or altered.
The Building Regulations apply when building work is undertaken. Part P will redefine building work to include electrical work on certain types of fixed electrical installation in dwellings. The new requirement in the Building Regulations, ‘Requirement P', is simply that:
P1 Design, Installation, Inspection and Testing Reasonable provision shall be made in the design, installation, inspection and testing of electrical installations in order to protect persons from fire or injury.
P2 Provision Information Sufficient information shall be provided so that persons wishing to operate, maintain or alter an electrical installation can do so with reasonable safety.
The limits on the application of the requirement is that Requirement P applies only to fixed electrical installations that are intended to operate at low voltage or extra-low voltage which are not controlled by the Electricity Supply Regulations 1988 as amended, or the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 as amended.
Failure to comply with the requirement will be a criminal offence. Local authorities will also have the power to require the removal or alteration of work that does not comply with the Building Regulations.
Intended work that is subject to the provisions of Part P will have to be notified to the local authority. Traditionally, work notifiable under the Building Regulations is subject to inspection by the local authority's building control department (or other approved building inspector). However, to avoid the need for local authorities to appoint specialist agents for this purpose, it appears likely that building control bodies would be authorized to accept certificates of compliance (ie Electrical Installation Certificates) issued by 'Competent Firms'.
Under such Competent Firms provisions, appropriately approved electrical contractors are able to self-certify that their work meets the requirements of the Building Regulations. In this case there will be a need to supply the relevant building control body (as well as the person ordering the work) with an Electrical Installation Certificate signed by a competent person. The alternative would be to pay a fee to have the work inspected by a local authority building control department, or other approved private sector building inspector.
For the purposes of Part P, the Government has defined ‘Competent Firms' as those registered under the NICEIC Approved Contractor scheme, the Domestic Installer Scheme and the Electrotechnical Assessment Scheme.
The scope of Part P
Part P will apply to all fixed installations after the supplier's meter in buildings or parts of buildings comprising:
combined dwellings and business premises having a common supply (such as shops, pubs etc)
common access areas in blocks of flats (but not lifts)
shared amenities in blocks of flats (such as laundries, gymnasiums etc)
outbuildings, including sheds, garages and greenhouses
garden lighting and power supplies
Parts of fixed electrical installations external to premises, such as in gardens, sheds, detached garages and the like, will also be subject to the requirements of Part P.
The safety requirement will be applicable to alterations and additions to existing installations (including rewires), as well as to new construction. There will be a requirement to ensure that parts of an existing installation upon which new work depends for safety (such as the earthing and bonding arrangement) comply with the requirements of BS 7671:2001. This requirement for consequential remedial work is a departure from the normal Building Regulations approach.
Part P applies to all fixed electrical installations
The requirement applies to all fixed electrical installation work in dwellings, whether carried out professionally or by DIY, whether or not minor work, and whether or not the work is notifiable to a building control body. However, certain relaxations may apply for the inspection, testing and certification of minor work undertaken as DIY.
Notifying electrical work
All proposed electrical installation work in dwellings will need to be notified to a building control body before work commences, unless:
the proposed work is to be undertaken by a prescribed competent person (an individual or a firm) authorised to self-certify compliance on completion of the work, or the proposed work is minor, and it is not in a kitchen or in an area classified as a special installation or location
The new NICEIC Domestic Installer scheme is designed to enable registered businesses to be deemed as competent persons.
Minor work is electrical work not involving the addition of a new circuit, such as the addition of socket outlets or lighting points to existing circuits and the replacement of accessories.
What is a 'special installation or location'?
The following are classified as special installations or locations:
locations containing a bath tub or shower basin
swimming pools or paddling pools
What is the purpose of Part P?
The law, which applies to electrical installation work in dwellings and connected gardens, greenhouses and outbuildings, is expected to raise the competence of electrical installers, and significantly reduce the number of deaths, injuries and fires caused by defective electrical installations. How will it be enforced?
Part P will be enforced by Local Authorities and failure to comply will be a legal offence.
How will this affect me?
When the time comes to sell your property, your purchaser's solicitors will ask for evidence that any electrical installation carried out after 1 January 2005 complies with the new Building Regulations.
There will be two ways to prove compliance:
A certificate showing that the work has been done by a government - authorised electrical contractor, such as an NICEIC contractor.
A certificate from the local authority saying that the installation has approval under the Building Regulations.
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