ElectricS In Schools, Colleges & Universities
The Electrical Group provides the educational sector including local authority Schools, Acadamy, Private Schools, Colleges, and Universities in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, and Northamptonshire with reactive maintenance and planned work electrical services.
The use, inspection, maintenance and repair of electrical equipment and installations in educational facilities are legally required to be managed effectively. The Electrical Group is qualified to carry out all Schools Electrical Work requirements.
We comply with all the health & safety requirements and provide the high standards of work that the education sector demands, and all our engineers are DBS checked.
We can assist and advise on any statutory compliance within the educational sector.
Health & Safety
at Work Act
The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 impose general duties on employers to ensure the health and safety of employees and others. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 also set out specific requirements on electrical safety. All of these apply to schools in the same way as any other workplace.
These regulations make it clear that the installation, maintenance, repair and testing of electrical equipment must be carried out by a competent person under a planned programme of works.
With regards to Electrical Safety in Educational Establishments, The Health and Safety Executive advises the following:
- An inventory of all electrical equipment is prepared, which may be taken room-by-room or department-by-department.
- The inventory is periodically updated by a competent person who should examine the equipment. Obsolete, redundant or defective equipment should be taken out of service and be properly repaired or disposed of. If the latter, they should be removed from the inventory.
- Fixed electrical installations should be inspected and tested by a competent person at least every five years. More frequent inspections will be necessary when installations are subject to failure, damage or abuse.
- A test certificate confirming the date and results of the inspection and test should be prepared, a copy should be retained by the education facility, school or college.
- All electrical equipment including socket outlets and other fittings such as lights, should be chosen bearing in mind the use and abuse to which they may be subjected. Remember, items that are close to where pupils/students sit may be interfered with.
- Temporary systems, such as stage lighting, should be tested and inspected initially and at least every three months thereafter.
- Portable appliances, such as drills, saws, and irons should be routinely inspected and tested and a register must be kept. Before the start of each term, the equipment should be visually inspected and any defects rectified.
We’re Here To Help
We currently work for a number of schools within Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire & Northamptonshire. This includes primary, junior and secondary schools, private and state schools. Colleges & Universities.
We are approved contractors and provide reactive maintenance, scheduled maintenance, Installation, Test & Inspection.
We arrange regular checks on the condition of an existing installation (fixed wiring) against the UK standard for electrical safety. After inspection, we will provide an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) containing details of the inspection and testing undertaken, the outcome plus recommendations as to what remedial action (if any) is required, and a declaration of whether or not the installation is safe for continued use. The maximum period recommended between the initial inspection (when the electrical installation was first put into service) and the first periodic inspection is 5 years and then at least every 5 years.
Examples of recent work we have carried out include installing power, benching, and data for ICT suites, upgrading distributions boards, providing electrical supplies for overhead projectors, interactive whiteboard or new kitchen equipment.
We work alongside Facilities Managers and their teams and advise them on electrical standards, we don’t want to step on anyone’s toes and are happy to work as an advisory role or more hands-on if required.
We appreciate that it may not be feasible to work within a school during the day and are happy to work evenings, weekends and we always keep the school holidays available for our educational clients who tend to book in the EICR’s and remedial work during these periods.
All of our engineers are approved members of the National Inspection Council for Electrical Installation Contractors – NICEIC. It’s the industry standards body and they inspect us very thoroughly every year, so you can be sure that every job we do is to the highest standards.
All of our employees are CRB checked and ECS approved and we thoroughly risk assess every job.
We have £10 million cover employers liability insurance, £5 million cover for public and products liability and £1 million for professional indemnity.
Services we provide to education
Educational electrical services include:
- Advisory Services
- Lighting & Power
- Emergency Lights
- Fire Alarm
- Energy Conservation Systems
- Access Control
- Intruder Alarm
- Heating & Ventilation System
- Audio Visual System
- Reactive Maintenance
- Planned Maintenance
- Inspection & Test
- PAT Testing