One way in which risks of non-compliance can be reduced is using external specialists to provide an Electrical Compliance Audit Service.
One example of such a service is jointly offered by NAPIT and Travelers, one of the world’s leading insurance companies, to their policyholders. NAPIT and Travelers have developed an alliance to help businesses determine the extent or otherwise of their compliance against the Electricity at Work 1989 Regulations (EaWR), BS 7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations, and the IET Wiring Regulations (BS 7671).
This service is completed by a competent NAPIT Auditor who will assess three areas;
It involves looking in detail into a number of areas, such as, the presence of risk assessments and method statements, safe working procedures, staff and contractor competence, qualifications and training records, procedures for safe isolation, adequate maintenance records including, programmes of works for undertaking Electrical Installation Condition Reports (EICR) and Portable Appliance Testing (PAT), and procedures for the rectification of identified faults.
Help businesses determine the extent or otherwise of their compliance against the Electricity at Work 1989 Regulations (EaWR), BS 7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations, and the IET Wiring Regulations (BS 7671).
A recent typical compliance audit was carried out at a manufacturing facility and examined the documentation and processes and procedures around the Electrical Duty Holder’s responsibilities.
This was a one day on site audit, which is fairly typical and examined;
“The service has proved a real benefit to our customers with specialist external advice identifying weaknesses in their current arrangements which should help reduce the likelihood of electrical fires, business disruption or injuries associated with unsafe conditions”. Richard Harrison, Head of Risk Control at Travelers
Our findings and recommendations following the audit were as follows;
Our recommendations included scheduling a programme of works for the current EICR defects and recommending suitable training courses which were available through one of NAPIT’s approved training centres.
In defending any proceedings for contravention of the EaWR, a person must be able to prove that he or she took all reasonable steps and exercised all due diligence to avoid the commission of that offence. By having a comprehensive Compliance Audit of your electrical system, procedures and documentation carried out by an experienced Auditor, you will have clearly demonstrated your commitment to complying with the EaWR.
Further benefits of a compliance audit;