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Faith Properties

Organisations and committees can have responsibility for maintaining places of worship; kitchens, halls, play areas, offices and maintenance areas.

The law requires periodic inspection of
electrical systems

Property owners are duty bound by the requirements of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EAW) made under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. The EAW Regulations require all systems and apparatus to be maintained and require proof that steps have been taken to avoid offence. Installations which conform with BS7671: Requirements for Electrical Installations are regarded by the Health & Safety Executive as likely to achieve conformity with the EAW Regulations and this includes periodic inspections.

In the absence of electrical inspections, insurance policies for buildings, contents, property, public liability as well as other insurance policies, may be rendered invalid.

Irrespective of listed status, special architecture, or religious purpose, the installation must conform with BS7671.

Frequency of inspection

The recommended maximum period between inspection and testing in this type of property is every five years. Our Engineer Surveyor will provide bespoke guidance and a recommendation on the periodicity during their first inspection.

Why choose HSB?

HSB Engineering Insurance Services, part of Munich Re, can help you reduce electrical fire risks through our extensive inspection expertise. As a leading specialist provider of inspection services in the UK, Ireland and Europe, our inspection services are formally accredited by UKAS to the international standards for inspection bodies (ISO/IEC 17020).

Drawing on our vast experience, our network of competent, technically-experienced Engineer Surveyors are ‘Competent Persons’ under BS7671. They operate independently of installation and maintenance parties and can, therefore, provide impartial reports to help you identify any electrical risks; whilst also highlighting any necessary repairs in priority order.

Specific concerns with electrical installations in faith properties

  • risk to lone workers and staff
  • original lead-sheathed wiring
  • ancient cast-steel switch-fuses
  • two wire wound stage dimmers
  • porcelain fuses
  • bakelite switches
  • unauthorised amateur additions
  • mineral-insulated cable chemically attacked by masonry salts
  • failure of voltage operated circuit breakers through corrosion or loosening of the earth circuit
  • older cable sheaths can be more prone to attack by rodents
  • voltage drop
  • possible cable heating effects
  • maintenance inaccessibility
  • rarely accessed, including by maintenance staff
  • not upgraded for increased power usage
  • not modernised for improved protection
  • system damage from cold starts
  • earth rod disconnected or damaged by gardening machinery or vehicles
  • switching and control systems power surges
  • earth disconnection to avoid sound system harmonics

HSB's inspection services: additional plant and equipment

Electrical wiring inspections form part of a suite of inspection services we offer. We can inspect a wide range of additional plant and equipment in faith properties; from portable appliances to boilers, pipework and radiators to winches, and air conditioning to lifts.

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