Testing and inspection in the workplace

Testing and inspection in the workplace

Electrical testing to keep your business in Surrey safe

At Pennington’s Electrical Contractors we understand the need to be flexible, professional and responsive for our commercial customers. All our testing and inspection visits are undertaken with the minimum of fuss and upheaval while providing a thorough service.

We work in strict accordance with guidelines from the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) and the latest BS7671 Wiring Regulations.

We are NICEIC Approved Contractors and all of our electricians have the necessary technical skills and experience to provide a detailed report for you and you will benefit from our continued training exercises and regular toolbox talks.We are experts in all types of electrical testing and inspection.

Periodic Inspections/Electrical Condition Reports

A periodic test and inspection report (“PIR”) is essentially the testing of the electrical systems and services that conduct electricity around the building. For most commercial and educational premises the recommended time frame between tests is 5 years.

Pennington’s Electrical Contractors can visit your site and undertake a detailed survey of your electrical system. This service is free and allows us to estimate accurately and fairly for your installation.

The inspection and test is completed in accordance with the guidelines laid down within the Institution of Electrical Engineers Wiring Regulations BS7671:2001 (as amended).

Our active membership of the NICEIC ensure that our testing and reporting methods meet all recognised standards.

When periodic inspection and testing should be considered

  • Most importantly to verify continued compliance with the Electricity at Work Act and Health & Safety regulations
  • Because all electrical installations deteriorate due to a number of factors, such as damage, corrosion, excessive electrical loading, wear, tear and ageing
  • On a change of ownership or tenancy of premises
  • On a change of use of premises
  • Because of any significant changes in the electrical loading of the installation
  • Where there is reason to believe that damage may have been caused to the installation
  • To comply with insurance company requirements. It could effect your insurance cover and may increase premiums if testing is not carried out
  • This report is a mandatory requirement for any landlord letting through any Housing Association or council. We highly recommend that landlords who have not had their electrical equipment tested within the last five years, to have one carried out. Statistics have shown that around 35 deaths and 4,200 accidents recorded annually in the UK involve electricity.

Our detailed report is accepted by banks, Insurance Companies, Councils and Health and Safety departments.

​Should any landlord fail to comply with Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulation 1994 or Consumer Protection Act 1987, it is a criminal offence and carries a maximum penalty of £5000 and six months imprisonment. The tenant may also take you to court for damages as your insurance will not be valid.

​A PIR is also known as an Electrical Installation Inspection Certificate, Electrical Inspection & Testing or a Fixed Wiring Certificate.

How often is a periodic inspection/electrical condition report required?

  • Every 5 years for domestic properties or at every change of tenancy (whichever comes first)
  • Every 5 years for businesses
  • Every year for buildings open to the public​

Why choose Pennington’s?

  • ​Flexible appointment times
  • Family run proud professional business
  • Fully qualified engineers
  • Transparent pricing
  • Over 20 years experience in the industry

Why do I need a PIR/electrical condition report?

​There is no legal requirement to obtain a periodic inspection on a residential property. However, there are a few reasons why you may want an electrical inspection and report.

  • ​To obtain a mortgage or loan against a property
  • In connection with getting compensation from an insurance policy following damage to a property
  • It might be a requirement in a leasing agreement

What will a PIR/electrical condition report tell me?

  • ​It will reveal if any circuits or equipment are being overloaded
  • It will find any potential electrical shock risks and fire hazards in the installation
  • It identifies any defective DIY electrical work
  • It will highlight any lack of earthing or bonding
  • It tells you what steps need to be taken to bring the installation up to current safety standards

What do you get?

  • ​BS7671 2013 Compliant Electrical Condition Report
  • Evidence of any defects and departures from IEE Wiring Regulations
  • Professional technical advice from a qualified electrician
  • An estimate for any remedial works required
  • Peace of mind!