Our experience in dealing with managed common parts started over nine years ago when we were appointed to complete the inspections on a large estate in Enfield, Middlesex. Since then we have developed a strong understanding of the requirements of both our Block Management clients and their clients. The inclusion of Housing Associations into our stable has served to further broaden our knowledge.
We understand the challenges which property managers face on a day to day basis. In fact, on a number of occasions we have even invited to offer our experience and expertise in finding solutions to specific problems which were not directly related to our inspection work.
When you instruct The Power Service to conduct your inspections, you can be assured that we will be regarded as extension of your organisation by your clients. That’s why we employ all our engineers, so that they have a vested interest in maintaining the high levels of professionalism which you expect from your own staff.
The Power Service has been providing an electrical and gas inspection and maintenance service for over a decade. We are members of the NICEIC, NAPIT and the Gas Safe Register (formerly CORGI). We also hold the Trustmark emblem as members of NAPIT.
The introduction of stringent UK and European safety regulations over the last 10 years, has required us to become increasingly more specialised in protecting our clients, by smoothing the path to compliance and removing the risks that lead to civil litigation and prosecution. All The Power Service electrical and gas engineering personnel are IET 17th Edition Electricians or Gas Safe Registered and ACS trained.
All blocks are different. Size, shape and type of installation will alter the amount of time it will take to complete the testing and inspecting process and as such, the costs of these services may change on a block per block basis. Our process will always start with a site survey which will take into consideration every factor which may influence the cost of completing the testing and inspecting process. On completion of the site survey we will be able to provide you with an accurate cost for the completion of the testing and inspecting at each block which has been personally surveyed.
What is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR)?
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is an inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify (in order of priority) any deficiencies against the national safety standard for electrical installations.
Why is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) required?
Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important for the person responsible for the maintenance of the installation to be sure that the safety of users is not put at risk, and that the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition.
When is an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) needed?
It is recommended by the IET that fixed electrical installations should be inspected & tested at least once every five years, dependent on the type of installation and business practice, by a qualified person. If any faults are detected these should be remedied as soon as possible.
EICR Requirements for Communal Areas in Blocks of Flats
- Electricity at work regulations 1989
- BS7671:2008 ;IET wiring regulations 17th edition
- Health and Safety at work etc Act 1974
- Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999
It may be argued that common areas are not “at work” but if any cleaner, gardener, managing agent or repair contractors enters them, then relevant health and safety inspections must be completed and documented. The courts and the Health and Safety Executive do consider common parts of blocks of flats as included in health and safety regulations.
The Corporate Manslaughter Act of 2007 has made quite clear that directors of resident management companies can be prosecuted under criminal law for serious breaches of Health & Safety law.
Emergency Lighting Testing and Maintenance
The regulations appertaining to emergency lighting stem from both BS 5266 and the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 for sleeping accommodation. Whilst it may seem strange to categorise the common parts of private self contained dwellings as sleeping accommodation, the inference is placed on the fact that individual flats have sleeping accommodation which, in the event of a fire, would require evacuating into the common parts. Hence the requirement for emergency lighting in the common parts.
Any block which has an existing emergency lighting system, presents a mandatory requirement to ensure that the system and individual luminaires are tested and drained on an annual basis. This must be performed by a qualified person, to ensure that the tests are completed in the correct manner and data recorded so as to provide an accurate reflection of the systems operation at the time of testing.
AOV Testing and Maintenance
Smoke ventilation systems save lives. If they are not maintained as per current regulations, the management company or owner of the premises is now legally responsible. This needs to be serviced and maintained at least once a year to conform with BS7346 and BS5588.
Fire and Smoke Alarm Testing & Maintenance
The regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 clearly underlines the requirements for the testing and maintenance of fire detection systems.
If you fail to properly maintain your fire alarm, smoke detectors and other component parts of your fire detection system, to the standards as required iby BS5839, then you may be in violation of health and safety regulations, local authority guidelines, European legislation and even the terms of your insurance. This may subsequently invalidate any claim which you might make in the event of a fire.
The Power Service will consult with you to ensure that we implement a test and inspection regime which not only meets with your requirements, but also ensures your compliance with the relevant laws and insurers requirements.
Installation and Maintenance
The Power Service will work with you on a bespoke level to ensure that a CCTV system is installed which fits the purpose for what you intended.
No two sites are the same and neither do they present you with the same problems. Therefore an understanding of the reasons why CCTV is being considered, along with the personal preferences which are presented by the residents will be invaluable in ensuring that all recommendations are met with a unified agreement.
Once installed, the system will need to be maintained on a regular basis to ensure it’s efficacy. The Power Service will provide you with a detailed programme of maintenance on an itemised calendar basis.
All costs will be made transparent and agreed before any works commence.