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Commercial electrical testing: What you need to know

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What is commercial electrical testing?

Commercial electrical testing helps to keep your business safe and compliant. Faulty electrical systems or appliances can cause risks of electric shock and burns, fire and explosion.

Under the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAWR), there is a legal responsibility on both employers and their employees to prevent danger by ensuring that electrical systems and appliances within the workplace are safe, suitable for use and maintained appropriately. Part of this involves the inspection and testing of the electrical systems by a competent person, as well as keeping appropriate records up to date.

Who should carry out the checks?

Inspection and testing will check the condition of all electrical installations and equipment on your premises. Assessing the risk is crucial to maintaining safe working conditions, and this will partly be covered by a company’s health and safety assessment. But some?commercial electrical testing should be carried out by a competent person who can provide a legally-recognised electrical test report. This will help show?due diligence and compliance with legal requirements.

Our team of experienced and fully qualified electricians offers a comprehensive testing and inspection service to give you peace of mind that every electrical element in your business is working safely and efficiently. During an electrical test of commercial property, the power may need to be turned off. At ECY, we are flexible and can carry out the testing when it is most convenient for your business.

What kind of electrical testing is available?

Commercial electrical testing can cover the following:

PAT testing (portable appliance testing)

This is the testing of any items that can be moved from an electrical supply, such as kettles, photocopiers and vending machines. PAT testing should be carried out by a competent electrician who knows how to properly test the equipment and how to interpret the results. Not every electrical item needs a PAT test and some may not need annual testing.

For more information on PAT testing, click here?and here.

Periodic inspection and testing (commonly known as fixed wire testing)

This is a very different test to PAT testing. It covers safety checks on the commercial premises’ main electrical wiring system. It must be carried out every five years by a competent and registered electrician. They will then produce a periodic inspection report – also known as?Electrical Condition Report (EICR) – which shows that the installations meet the required British standard for safety, BS7671.

For more information on an electrical report, click here.

Electric City’s fully qualified electricians are experienced in carrying out commercial electrical testing on range of business premises, from offices to hotels, and residential homes to retail sites. To read more about our commercial services, click here For more information and advice about how Electric City can help with your commercial electrical testing call us on 07885 331 255 or 0800 0345 240.

Case study: Fixed wire testing and repair for property management company

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We responded to a call by RMG Management Company to investigate low insulation readings at a block of flats off Lawrence Street in York. An electrical inspection of fixed wiring revealed there was a major issue and we needed to find the root of the problem.


Our experience as tried and tested domestic and commercial electrical contractors looking after customers throughout North and West Yorkshire means we are quick – and qualified – to find the problem and come up with a solution.

We are used to working closely with property management companies to ensure they are complying with all the current regulations and safety legislation. We want to ensure your premises are as safe as possible and that you are meeting all your compliance obligations. Landlords do not want to run the risk of dangerous electrics and unnecessarily high energy bills.


We carried out a thorough electrical inspection and discovered faults to three lamp posts which were full of water.

Our electricians replaced all the internal components and re fixed them. They also drilled holes in the lamp post top to allow water to escape.

As NICEIC members we carried out all work to fully comply with Government Health & Safety regulations.

What started out as an inquiry about low insulation readings, turned into an extensive job, mainly due to the poor design of fittings on the post.

We are often called to carry out an official Electrical Report on commercial premises, offices or houses. People often assume that because wires are hidden, everything is fine but beware of the dangers you cannot see.

Testing should always be carried out by a registered and approved electrician who will produce an Electrical Condition Report (EICR) at the end of it. This shows that the electrical installations meet the required British standard for safety.

Businesses should be properly inspected every five years. Electric shock and fire risks will be identified, along with overloading of circuits or equipment, and a lack of earthing or bonding. Faulty or incorrect electrical work will also be highlighted.

To find out more about our electrical testing, including PAT testing, and maintenance services contact us.