Electrical Work

Xmo Strata provides a full range of electrical contracting including commercial electrical wiring and periodic testing.

The company has NICEICThe National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting. hazardous area accreditation – the qualification needed to carry out electrical work on petrol forecourts and in hazchem environments.

All electricians are accredited to City and Guild qualification C&G2382. Test and inspection engineers are also accredited to C&G2391.

All electrical work is completed to the Institute of Electrical Engineers 17th Edition Wiring Regulations (BS7671:2008National Standard for Requirements for Electrical Installations.).

Crews of both sign and electrical engineers are managed by the same operations team.

City and Guild qualification descriptions:

C&G2382:
This qualification succeeded C&G2381 / 2380 in July 2008. This ensures compliance with the 17th Edition IEE Wiring Regulations of 2008.
C&G2391:
The certificate in Inspection, Testing, Design and Certification of Electrical Installations, and “satisfies the NICEICThe National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting.’s requirement that prospective qualifying managers and operatives fully understand, and comply with, the requirements of BS7671 for inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations”.

For information on periodic testing please go to Electrical testing.

Electrical testing

Xmo Strata provides a full range of electrical contracting including commercial electrical wiring and periodic testing. Comprehensive reports are generated showing items tested, test results and recommendations for improvements.

Frequently asked questions

What is periodic testing?

Legislation requires that certain electrical installations are regularly inspected and tested. Damage to electrics can occur due to wear and tear, corrosion, excessive electrical loading, ageing or environmental influences.

Neglecting faulty electrical installations can lead to workplace injuries or fatalities, loss of income, invalid insurance or legal action.

Who is responsible for arranging this?

Site owners/managers are responsible for arranging inspections and ensuring that any remedial action is taken in the event of faults.

Who is responsible should any injuries occur due to faulty electrics?

Site owners/managers will be asked to provide evidence that a safe working environment was provided should an accident occur due to faulty electrics. A test certificate will need to be presented upon request.

What can affect the electrics on my site?

  • Change in use of premises
  • Alterations or additions to the original installation
  • Changes in electrical loading
  • Weather damage
  • The age of the installations
  • Change of ownership

Are all electricians fully qualified?

All Xmo Strata electricians are accredited to the City and Guild qualification C&G2382, test & inspection engineers are also accredited to C&G2391. All electrical work is done to the Institute of Electrical Engineers 17th Edition Wiring Regulations (BS7671:2008National Standard for Requirements for Electrical Installations.).

How often should i have my site tested?

Recommendations are as follows:

  • Hazardous areas: Yearly
  • Industrial garage: 3 years
  • Commercial store: 5 years

What legislations do i have to comply with?

All electrical work must comply with 17th edition IEE Wiring Regulations (BS 7671:2008).  Site owners/managers must also ensure they adhere to the regulations set out in the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Electricity at Work regulations 1989.

How long does the testing take to complete?

To complete a hazardous area only will take one day. To do a full site would ordinarily take two days to complete.

How will my site be affected while the testing takes place?

The site will need to be closed for a short period while certain tests are carried out; this will not usually take more than half an hour. On petrol forecourts, each pump needs to be individually turned off whilst it is inspected and tested.

Will i get a report when the tests are completed?

Upon completion of the test, an NICEICThe National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting. Periodic Inspection Report will be issued.

Does it apply to my premises?

The wiring regulations apply to all electrical installations except: electricity distribution systems, railways, motor vehicles, ships, offshore installations, aircraft, mines, quarries, RIF equipment, lightning protection systems and lift installations.

If any major work needs completing will i be consulted before it is done?

Yes. A report will be issued detailing the work recommended. No remedial work will be carried out until you have been consulted.

If i take over new premises, should i get the site tested immediately?

It is highly recommended that a new periodic test is carried out at a change of ownership.

Do your sign engineers carry out electrical work?

No. Only qualified electricians are able to carry out electrical work on Xmo Strata sites. All electricians comply with 17th edition Wiring Regulations and are accredited to City and Guild qualification C&G2382. Test & Inspection engineers are all accredited to C&G2391.

Do petrol forecourts require a more comprehensive inspection?

Petrol forecourts contain hazardous areas that have special requirements for equipment and protection systems. It is important that these areas are assessed by competent electricians trained to Comp’Ex 7&8. All equipment on a forecourt must be inspected to ensure it is suitable for use in hazardous areas and the testing has to be carried out carefully to ensure that the act of testing does not generate a spark.

Are your crews fully qualified to work in hazchem environments?

Yes. The company has NICEICThe National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contracting. hazardous area accreditation – the qualification needed to carry out electrical work on petrol forecourts and in hazchem environments. All electricians are Comp’Ex 7&8 accredited.

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