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Frequently Asked Questions

It's important to get Electrical Compliance right; to ensure your organisation is legal and your employees are safe. In this section, we answer the questions we are most frequently asked and explain some of the terms mentioned on our Compliance page.

We can tailor your testing programme to suit your operational needs. These can be in hours or out of hours, but please remember - even our engineers need their beauty sleep!

All certification is sent over digitally, to eliminate the need for masses of paperwork. We're all about saving the planet here, remember?

Our engineers will immediately raise the hazard to the appointed contact. We will make the hazard safe at the time of visit, unless it's an alligator... then you're on your own!

Absolutely, when you receive your compliance paperwork, you will also receive the quote for the items highlighted in your report.

As our certification is digital you can expect to receive this in 48 hours.

All MKL engineers are 18th edition qualified, and will provide ECS cards prior to work commencing.

Fixed Wire Testing

Fixed wire testing refers to the routine testing of fixed wire installations within a facility. This includes all built-in electrical fixtures, and the inspection of the electrical wiring itself.

Fixed wire testing is also known as 'fixed electrical testing', 'fixed installation testing', 'hard wire testing', 'fixed testing' and 'periodic testing'.

Yes. Employers are legally obliged to ensure that all electrical equipment and wiring is regularly maintained, in order to comply with the requirements of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.

In addition, routine fixed wire testing is often contractually required by insurance companies, licensing authorities and landlords. Failure to arrange regular fixed wire testing can be regarded as a breach of contract.

The frequency with which your organisation requires fixed wire testing will depend on a variety of factors. MKL can advise and recommend a fixed wire testing frequency that is compliant for your installation.

Fixed wire testing is an inspection and electrical safety test of the electrical installation within the fabric of the building. It includes the circuits supplying lighting and power circuits, along with any distribution boards and consumer units.

The testing identifies any potential hazards within an electrical installation. It will highlight a lack of earthing or bonding and reveal if circuits are potentially overloaded or incorrectly installed. It was previously referred to as a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) but is now known as the Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).

Fixed wire testing requires isolation of the electrical supply in certain areas during parts of the inspection. MKL engineers work efficiently and safely to ensure minimal disruption to your business activity throughout the inspection.

When you hire MKL to carry out your fixed wire testing, you are hiring a business that uses:

  • NICEIC-approved, highly experienced electrical engineers to carry out all routine fixed wire testing
  • Testing programmes and documentation that comply to all relevant safety standards
  • Cutting-edge equipment that is fully maintained and calibrated
  • Still have questions about our electrical testing services? Get in touch with our friendly staff today to find out more.

EICR Certificates

Once fixed wire testing has been carried out, you will be issued with an EICR certificate. This provides complete details regarding the extent and results of our testing, as well as details of any recommended actions. The EICR certificate must be stored in your organisation's health & safety records.

EICR stands for 'Electrical Installation Condition Report'.

We provide the EICR at no extra cost to you, as standard, as part of our fixed wire testing services.