Fusion have collated the the importance of building and electrical compliance for business owners, managers and building owners.
When you consider the need for maintaining a building, it’s possible to think it’s solely about fixing the wear and tear that comes from regular use. While that’s an essential aspect of building maintenance, another equally important aspect is compliance with legislation on safety standards. The combination of these two crucial aspects of maintenance has proven to be effective for building owners, as well as business owners, to avoid the harsh consequences of non-compliance.
However, as crucial as maintaining building electrical compliance is, the process is undeniably complex because it involves several legislations that may be difficult for you to keep up with and may even cause a distraction for your business. Therefore, you need to commit it to experts while you focus on growing your business without contravening the government’s legislation. Luckily for you, this is where Fusion Electrics can help. But first, what do you need to know about building electrical compliance?
Maintaining building electrical compliance can be overwhelming whether you’re a business owner, business manager, or even a building owner. But that’s not an excuse to avoid prioritising it, which is why we have created a comprehensive list of some vital things to know concerning building electrics compliance. They include the following:
The first thing to know about building electrical compliance is to identify the condition of the building’s electrical system. This involves a thorough inspection and evaluation of the electrical system and the documentation of the findings in a report known as the Electrical Inspection Condition Report (EICR). This report should contain details on electrical circuits, defective works that have wear and tear, unavailability of earthing or bonding, installations that don’t meet EIT wiring regulation, and the possibility of electric shocks or fire hazards, among many others.
After checking the condition of the electrical system, the next thing you need to know about electrical compliance is the mandate to save energy. The government requires that you’re energy-efficient, so you must conduct energy audits and find new ways to reduce your energy output. While you’re at it, ensure you document the process to meet the Energy Saving Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) assessment. Organisations that are assessed under this scheme have more than 250 employees.
Testing and inspecting all appliances in a building is also a necessary aspect of a building’s electrical compliance. The essence of this is to ensure the occupants of a building aren’t harmed by the electrical appliances installed in the building. This test is usually conducted by a certified electrician through Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) every three months, depending on how often those appliances are used.
You don’t have to wait till an emergency occurs before you prepare for it. And one of the ways to do this is to have escape lighting that’ll be functional when the main power supply fails. In addition, these lights must be able to provide up to three hours of lighting to meet compliance regulations, and you’re lawfully obligated to conduct frequent maintenance for them at least once a year. This maintenance can be done in the evenings, or other times the building isn’t occupied.
Concerning fire alarms, you want to stay within the provision of the Fire Safety Order. One of the provisions is the need to have the right type and a suitable number of fire alarms in cases of fire emergencies. What’s more, these fire alarms must be regularly maintained with a comprehensive test that must be conducted twice a year to confirm they can respond in cases of fire emergencies.
Despite your understanding of the crucial component of building electrical compliance as highlighted above, it may be difficult for you to keep track of the ever-changing nature of compliance regulations on your own. And failure to do that may lead to fines, lack of insurance, loss of reputation, loss of employees, lack of productivity, and even imprisonment. So, bearing this in mind, how can you ensure compliance with building electrics?
The best way to ensure compliance is to regularly conduct comprehensive tests for all electrical systems in the building you rent out or occupy for business. As we hinted earlier, you can’t do or commit to the complex compliance processes of building electrics on your own, except with the help of reputable professionals like Fusion Electrics.
No matter where you are across the UK, you can easily access top-notch services whose benefits go beyond just maintaining strict adherence to compliance regulations. We have built a strong reputation over time with the vast experiences of our certified engineers, and you can benefit significantly from that, all for pocket-friendly prices. All you need to do is contact us and get a reply immediately.