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The Importance Of Electrical Testing For Your Business Premises

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Routine inspections and testing of electrical systems in your premises are essential to ensure a safe workplace that fully complies with regulations and helps your business to meet its productivity and sustainability targets. In this article, we’ll discuss the importance of electrical testing and electrical system maintenance, and how your business can benefit.

Complying With Health And Safety Regulations

UK health and safety legislation requires commercial and industrial enterprises to ensure their electrical installations are compliant with the latest regulations. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require electrical systems to be maintained safely to reduce hazards to employees, visitors, and service users. Non-compliance is a serious offence that may result in heavy fines or imprisonment.

Regular electrical testing helps you to meet your legal obligations and ensures that your business premises are safe. By conducting routine inspections, you can identify potential hazards, faulty wiring, or outdated equipment that may pose risks to your employees.

Preventing Unexpected Faults

Without regular inspections, electrical systems may be prone to developing faults. Untested systems can fail at any time, resulting in unplanned downtime, loss of productivity, and expensive reactive maintenance. As virtually all businesses rely on electricity to power essential machinery and equipment, a system failure can have long-lasting implications that hit your profit margins hard.

With regular testing, faults can be identified and fixed before they cause significant problems. If the system needs to be shut down for repair work, downtime can be planned to cause minimal disruption. A proactive approach helps you to maintain a smooth workflow and reduces the likelihood of unexpected breakdowns.

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Reducing Your Costs

Regular electrical testing helps you to identify potential inefficiencies in your business’s electrical systems. Faulty or outdated equipment may consume excessive energy, leading to higher electricity bills and driving up your business’s reliance on harmful fossil fuels.

By pinpointing issues during the testing process, you can make informed decisions about upgrading or replacing inefficient equipment that will reduce your energy costs and showcase your business’s commitment to sustainability.

How Electrical Inspections Are Conducted

Electrical testing can take place in specific areas or throughout the entire premises, depending on the size and nature of your business. For example, periodic inspection and testing of fixed electrical installations, such as lighting systems, power outlets, and distribution boards, should be carried out to ensure their proper functioning. Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) is also essential for businesses that use electrical equipment, such as computers, printers, and kitchen appliances. By regularly testing these appliances, you can detect any faults or safety concerns and take appropriate measures.

close up of an electrical test to show the importance of businesses having them.

Find Out More

At Orion Technical Services, our experienced and highly skilled electricians carry out electrical inspection and testing for businesses in a variety of sectors to ensure their installations are safe and compliant.

To find out more, please call us on 029 2271 0772 or send us a message.

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