An Introduction to
P & R Services Limited Safety Testing Specialists
An Introduction to P & R Services Ltd • • • •
Established since 1996 We deliver national cover from our offices in Glasgow & Southampton We endeavour to satisfy our customer’s needs We offer our clients the following services, which can be provided individually or bundled for greater cost savings:1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Portable Appliance Testing Fixed Installation / Periodic Testing & Repairs Emergency Lighting Maintenance & Repairs Fire Extinguisher Sales/Servicing & Training Fire Alarm Testing Including Smoke/Heat Detector Testing
Some Existing Clients The Co-operative Group Enable Scotland NHS West Dunbartonshire Council Strathclyde University MOD Nokia National Research Council Robert Wiseman Dairies Procter & Gamble
Robertson F.M. BAM F.M. University Of Glasgow British Transport Police Chardon Management Mar Hall Hotel Sony YMCA Edrington Group Dept of Health
Portable Appliance Testing
Portable Appliance Testing What is Portable Appliance Testing? Any electrical appliance that is fitted with a plug is required to be tested on a regular basis to ensure that it is in a safe working condition. The best way to ensure the equipments safety is to carry out a Portable Appliance Test In essence it is a series of checks carried out on the equipment to check its safety aspects are up to the required standard Why is Testing so Important? Regular inspection and testing of electrical appliances helps ensure compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989, which places responsibility on employers to ensure that all appliances used within the workplace are maintained in safe condition.
How Often Should This Testing Be Done? There are only guidelines for frequencies these are published in The Institute of Electrical Engineerâ€™s Code of Practice (3rd edition). The recommended frequencies are based on portability, environment and use e.g hand held. We make recommendations to clients, however the ultimate decision is theirs as to the frequency.
Our Test Engineers •
Our qualified engineers are friendly and well presented, ensuring minimal disruption to the day to day running of your business . They test all classes of equipment using the latest Seaward test instruments available.
The testing is carried out in accordance with the IEE’s Code of Practice for In-Service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.
The engineers will endeavour to repair any failed appliances as they are tested. This service is all included in the item price.
All of our office staff are trained in the management of Portable Appliance Testing allowing them to provide professional advice on all aspects of testing and the health and safety issues.
Who are NAPIT? • The National Association of Professional Inspectors & Testers were formed in 1992 • They are a professional trade body for electricians and allied trades • They aim to set the standard for electrical safety testing for the industry
• NAPIT have ten regional training centres based around the UK to ensure all accredited companies maintain the required standard
What we include in the test? We can carry out the following tests; 1.
Visual inspection - the equipment is checked for signs of any visible damage such as cracked plugs or split cables
Earth continuity - equipment is checked to ensure that it has a satisfactory earth connection
equipment is checked to ensure the insulation of the equipment is satisfactory
equipment is checked to ensure that the leakage back to earth is minimal
(not always required) equipment is checked to ensure that it is running correctly
Essential tests required by IEE
Tests available at additional cost
How we label the equipment. • • • •
Each appliance is suitably marked to record the examination date or display the date for retesting and the result of the test Personalised labels at no extra cost We use high quality wipe-able labels Our engineers place our labels aesthetically and endeavour to remove any old labels to avoid confusion
Retest Due OCT 2010
PASSED Safety Test
M Smith R/54/0001
FAILED SAFETY TEST DO NOT USE Date ……………………
Test Results •
A database of test results is produced in Microsoft Excel
All test certificates are provided
All test data is provided both in hard copy and on CD Rom
A fully bound report is provided on completion
Fixed Installation Testing
Fixed Installation Testing What Is Fixed Installation Testing? Fixed Installation Testing (FIT) involves testing the electrical circuits and systems that distribute electricity around a building. It covers all the hard wiring in a building, whether that building is commercial, industrial or residential. All electrical circuits in a building that are fixed, such as lighting, socket outlets, air conditioning and other fixed plant need to be tested. Why is Testing so Important? The Electricity at Work Act 1989 states that all electrical systems and equipment used in a working environment should be in safe working condition. The Health & Safety Executive recommend that to comply with the regulations, an inspection and testing programme should be undertaken at all places of work. How Often Should This Testing Be Done? The IEE recommend maximum periods between inspections, for example: – Factories – 3 years – Commercial Buildings – 5 years – Residential – 10 years
Fixed Installation Testing •
A periodic inspection will: – reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded – find any potential electrical shock risks and fire hazards in your electrical installation – identify any defective DIY electrical work – highlight any lack of earthing or bonding
Tests are also carried out on wiring and associated fixed electrical equipment to check that they are safe. A schedule of circuits will also be provided, which is invaluable for a property.
Why is a periodic inspection needed? Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important for the person responsible for the maintenance of the installation to be sure that the safety of users is not put at risk, and that the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition. According to Government statistics, each year on average 10 people die and about 750 are seriously injured in accidents involving unsafe electrical installations.
Emergency Lighting Maintenance
Emergency Lighting â€˘
Emergency lighting is required in all premises where people are employed. It is a Life Safety System and is required to assist the occupants in the event of an emergency. It will assist in the evacuation of a premises in the event of power failure. It is a mandatory requirement to be installed where artificial lighting is installed. Remember, Emergency Lighting is designed to help save lives.
Under the provisions set out in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) all employers with 5 or more staff have to ensure that emergency lighting is provided to provide adequate illumination throughout all fire escape routes
A full annual system inspection and duration test of the emergency lights should be performed by a 'competent person' , this being a person with the necessary skills, training and knowledge to perform emergency lighting maintenance and servicing. Compliance with BS5266 should be considered and produced in the emergency lighting certification report. Any faults should be rectified.
Fire Extinguisher Maintenance
Fire Extinguisher Maintenance •
All our service procedures and standards adhere to the new Code of Practice namely BS 5306-3:2009 - Fire extinguishing installations, and equipment on premises. Commissioning and maintenance of portable fire extinguishers.
Our engineers have all attended and passed The British Fire Consortium’s Fire Extinguisher Technicians Servicing Course. The examination is recognised by BAFE as complying with BS 5306-3.
We can supply the full range of Thomas Glover Extinguishers at very competitive prices, alternatively we are happy to service any existing brand of extinguishers you may use.
On the rare occasions we have to remove an extinguisher from a premises for an extended period of time, we provide a loan service to ensure compliance with any fire risk assessment and the minimum recommendations of BS53068:2000.
Introduction to British Fire Consortium •
Launched in 1983, The British Fire Consortium was established to provide customers easy access to expert fire safety training, consultation and equipment suppliers across the UK.
With over two hundred member companies and still growing, the Consortium has the ability to provide individual and national customers throughout the United Kingdom with all aspects of fire protection supply and service.
As one of the largest groups of fire consultants, manufacturers and service companies, the Consortium offers unrivalled expertise, quality and competitive supply in every field of Fire Protection.
Fire safety and quality standards, staff training and product suitability are continually assessed and reviewed by the Consortium at its regular meetings and exhibitions. Consortium members are expected to give impartial advice, be fair in their business dealings, and maintain high standards of commercial conduct.
Fire Alarm Testing Smoke/Heat Detector Testing P & R Services offer a comprehensive Fire Alarm Testing Service which incorporates the testing of all Smoke and Heat Detectors in the premises too. All testing is carried out by fully qualified engineers using the latest Solo Testing Equipment available.
Why test our Fire Alarms & Smoke/Heat Detectors? Fire Protection systems must be fully operational 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Servicing Fire Alarm Systems is just as important as installing them in the first place and is a legal requirement. Legalities Fire Alarm System testing is essential to ensure that it is in full working order and is a requirement under BS5839 Part 1 2002. How often should Fire Alarm Testing be carried out? Testing can be quarterly or 6 monthly depending on the type of alarm system and the environment in which it is installed.
Fire Safety Training •
P & R Services offer Fire Safety Training Courses, which can be delivered to groups of up to 10 Employees in a 2 -3 hour session at your premises or ours.
How to Choose & Use Fire Extinguishers, covering: The Theory Of Fire, Classes of Fire, How to Choose & Use Fire Extinguishers, How to Choose & Use Fire Blankets Correctly, When not to Tackle a Fire, Summary
Fire Safety In The Workplace , covering: The Theory of Fire, Fire prevention, Good Housekeeping, Importance of Fire Doors, What to do if you Discover a Fire and What Extinguishers to use for each type of Fire, Fire Action & Summary
All testing carried out by NAPIT & The British Fire Consortium qualified engineers
No hidden costs, you just pay for each item tested
Personalised labels supplied at no additional cost
Test data supplied in hard copy and electronically
Out of hours testing at no extra cost
All test equipment has it’s calibration checked monthly