Fixed Wire Testing

Electricity runs through schools like lettering through a stick of rock, with electric apparatus a common element of many lesson plans. From faulty sockets and overloaded circuits to electric shocks and fire hazards, there can be a lot to consider from a Health & Safety perspective.

Citation’s NICEIC accredited engineers can carry out all the legally required Fixed Installation Testing to ensure that your school is protected from harm’s way. To demonstrate your compliance, they will also issue you with a certificate so that you can prove the inspection has been done.

As a Citation customer, you will benefit from:

  • A comprehensive report, containing action plans that are tailored to your specific school
  • EICR certificates to prove that you have had your systems tested or altered
  • Price guarantee for the best like-for-like quote, guaranteeing you good value for money
  • Free advice on how often your school requires Fixed Installation Testing
  • No call out or travel charges
  • Expertise from NICEIC accredited engineers and a reputable ISO 9001 certified company

What are the Electricity at Work Regulations?

The 1989 Electricity at Work Regulations (EAWR 1989) require precautions to be taken to reduce the risk of death or personal injury from electricity in work-related activities.

Duties are imposed on people in respect of systems, electric equipment and conductors, and in respect of work activities on or near electric equipment.

The EAWR 1989 places general duties on those individuals who the regulations apply to in relation to matters such as the strength and capability of electrical equipment, adverse or hazardous environments, connections, the integrity of referenced conductors, and the general safety of electrical systems.

Who is responsible for meeting the EAWR 1989 requirements?

Historically, the responsibility to ensure that schools compile with the EAWR 1989 by having their electric systems tested fell on Local Authorities.

However, academisation and the expansion of multi-academy trusts shifts the responsibility to the maintenance and management employees of schools, meaning that who is responsible depends on the status of your school (but in either instance, this body or individual is known as the ‘Duty Holder’).

If you have any uncertainties about your Health & Safety responsibilities, Citation’s team can provide advice and clarity.

Do engineers need to be a Disclose and Barring Service (DBS) check?

As you will be aware, DBS offers three levels of criminal record check: standard, enhanced and enhanced with a check of the children’s barred list, the adults barred list or both.

You are only entitled to do an enhanced check with a check of the barred list if the individual will be engaging in ‘regulated activity’.

DBS state that this must mean that the work takes place in a specified establishment (e.g. your school), carried out unsupervised for the purpose of that establishment and provides an opportunity to have contact with children.

Given that the electrical testing is likely to take place across the school unsupervised, it is almost certain that engineers will require DBS checking with a check of the barred list.

For your peace of mind, all of Citation’s engineers have had the necessary DBS checks, and they can provide you with all the advice and guidance that you might need to alleviate any DBS-related concerns.

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