We committed to the BSI journey in August 2019, having our initial assessment “Stage 1” which demonstrated the organisation’s quality management system’s intent towards compliance with the International Standard ISO 9001:2015. Our “Stage 2” followed in January 2020 showed that TechProServ™ had implemented a quality management system which aligns to the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 and supports the business in meeting customer expectations.
Having had the most challenging year alike many other businesses and professionals, we have kept functioning and operating as normal, providing our clients/customers with the same level of service. We have kept all our accreditations, training and service functions up-to-date, operating safely and legally.
TechProServ™ are proud to announce for another year, we have been accredited as a Mitsubishi Electric installation specialist.
Mitsubishi Electric produces industry-leading air conditioning units and as a renowned global brand, they offer the highest quality of equipment to meet the most demanding of commercial and industrial requirements.
TechProServ™ continually improves and streamline our operational processes and has strong governance in delivering HAVC-E programmes.
TechProServ™ provides domestic, commercial and industrial electric charging equipment and installation. This is for homeowners, businesses and public use nationwide.
Our EV charge points range from “plug and play” systems through to fully functional workplace systems, all designed to lower your carbon footprint. Our electric car charging installation services are also covered by the OLEV (The Office for Low Emission Vehicles) grant scheme, which means you can save money, whilst helping to protect the environment.
We also comply with traffic and transport grants via development and growth implementation schemes within city and/or county councils.
Our EV charge point installation services cover Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and the East Midlands, we do operate nationwide on larger applications and/or portfolios.
Customer – R.E.A.L. Education
R.E.A.L. is an acronym of the phrase Re-thinking Engagement and Approaches to Learning, which is building on the ethos that for some students, success in the education system means they have to offer learning opportunities that are vibrant, inclusive and relevant for each individual learner. They offer One to One, Small groups & Vocational courses across the East Midlands. Short- & long-term interventions, through to full time delivery and management of education for a young person.
R.E.A.L. understand that there are often multiple barriers to some students acquiring the skills they need to achieve their full potential. In response to this they build bespoke pathways for students that can include a wide range of vocational options, whilst maintaining a focus on improving their core skills. R.E.A.L. Education has earned an excellent reputation for re-engaging children and young people in learning.
They have a substantial geographical spread of learning hubs. The schools and vocational sites are learning hubs linked to local community venues that provide opportunities for a dynamic approach to re-engagement.
Customer Requirement – Electric Vehicle Charging Equipment
R.E.A.L have a learning hub, CITY HUB in Sneinton, Nottingham where the building is fully tailored to delivering motor mechanical courses.
Due to the increased demand for electric vehicles, future mechanics require the education to understand and support the maintenance and engineering repair for this ever-growing technology.
R.E.A.L approached TechProServ™ to design and deliver a safe and compliant application at their premises, meeting the government criteria and independent grant schemes as provided by Nottingham City Council – Traffic and Transport Sector.
They are preparing to upgrade their existing Toyota Hybrid cars to all electric vehicles in readiness for their courses and now required two fast charge mode 3 tethered applications, one a single phase and the other three phases metered within the dwelling.
Technical Specification – Compliance
TechProServ™ initially undertook a survey to define the metering and adequacy of supply, earthing arrangements and simultaneous contact assessment.
We completed a risk assessment on the building for its potential Installation of a vehicle charging application, this specifically identifies and evaluates the PME supply and vehicle charging equipment to be installed indoor or outdoor and if a potential TT System (earthing arrangement) is required for the charging equipment only. In the event of an open-circuit neutral in the PME supply system (T-C-NS), all conductive parts connected to the main PME earthing terminal, e.g. any exposed or extraneous conductive parts that maybe directly, or indirectly, or otherwise connected to this earthing terminal, may become raised to a dangerous voltage relative to true earth.
TechProServ™ assessed the current demand of the existing installation and verified compliance for the new load.
Design and implementation – Electrical and Physical installation requirements
Our design reviewed and defined compliant locations, impact protection, ventilation, trip/fall hazards and obstructions. We confirmed conformity to BS EN 61851 Electric Vehicle Conductive Charging System, BS 7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations, including particular requirements in section 722: Electric Vehicle Charging Installations.
We reviewed the manufacturer’s instruction for the intended design, and its implication of the installation, following these requirements to ensure the equipment works as intended and meets the regulations.
The charging equipment at City Hub is located indoors with a tethered non-extending cable that only allows the vehicle to be charged inside, then the PME earth (T-N-CS) can be used without the need for a separate TT earthing arrangement and/or PEN monitoring. If the vehicle was to be charged outside, then a separate TT system and/or PEN monitoring should be adopted as well as other measures.
The Risk Assessment shows that it is not currently necessary to take any precautions to avoid an open-circuit neutral fault as the charging equipment is within the same equipotential zone which is permitted to use the current T-N-CS earthing.
Customer Testimonial – R.E.A.L. Education – Chris O’Brien
” From initial quote to final sign off the service delivered by TecProServ was exemplary, this was our first foray into having OLEV points installed and the advice, guidance and quality of work from start to finish given by Mark and his team cannot be faulted.
The installation process was smooth and efficient, and even working around the constraints of the age and accessibility of our building, the standard of installation was second to none, So we will have no hesitation is using TecProServ for all our future installations”
Chris O’Brien, Senior Project Manager, R.E.A.L Education Ltd.
TechProServ™ continually assess situations for risk of hazards that reside in our day to day activities at home, as well as our office and construction works.
Due to COVID-19, we have never spent more time at home for such a long and ever-growing duration of time as a complete or full household. This, unfortunately, presents many known (and unknown) risks which we can take for granted or we don’t know enough about the hazards.
We are delighted to announce that TechProServ™ has achieved certification and operates a Quality Management System which complies with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 for the following scope; The Design, Development and Delivery of Electro-Technical and Electro-Mechanical Services
After committing to the BSI journey in 2019, we set a goal to achieve this international standard for a quality management system by the end of Q1 2020.
You can read more about our preparation for ISO 9001 here.
An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR), also formerly known as a Periodic Inspection Report. The inspection, testing and certification of electrical installations and equipment underpin electrical safety in all situations, at home and in the workplace.
An EICR is produced following an assessment of the electrical installation within a property. It must be carried out by an experienced, qualified electrician or approved contractor. Usually, this means they are a qualified electrician who has taken additional training and certification covering inspection and testing and also registered with a scheme provider such as the Napit. Plus, have excellent working knowledge and experience of electrical installations.
What is the aim of an electrical installation condition report?
- Undertake and complete a comprehensive visual inspection and electrical test record of results.
- Review the findings and check for compliance to IET Wiring Regulations
- Find any damage, wear and tear that might affect safety and anything that may cause electric shocks and high temperatures. Record and report
- Provide a record of the installation at the time of the inspection, and for inspection testing in the future.
During an EICR, an electrician may make several electrical observations and will give each one a recommendation code. The observations describe a defect or omission within the electrical installation. The electricians will code each observation according to the level of severity.
The observations will be clearly written and not in any way, a sales tool. The customer would then be able to source competitive quotes for the works recommended should they wish to do so.
What about insurance?
Many insurers require an EICR before providing cover, especially where workers or the public are concerned. How would you feel about being taken to court for electrocuting a customer or employee only for your insurer to tell you that you’re not covered, and you’ll have to cover the costs?
The recommended frequencies for having electrical testing carried out will vary depending on the type of premises; the recommended frequencies are as follows:
BS7671 (18th Edition Wiring Regulations) recommend having an EICR carried out at least every 10 years. It is also important to have one done if you are moving out or into a new home, if your insurance requires one – or if you suspect your current electrics are old, faulty or have been subject to poor quality additions.
The only exception to this is if the property has a swimming pool – this should ideally be tested once every year.
Under the ‘Landlord and Tenants Act (1985) landlords must ensure that the electrical installation in a rented property is maintained safely throughout a tenancy. To ensure this, BS7671 recommend an EICR test at the change of tenancy or at least every 5 years. The Government has finally released the results of a consultation on Electrical Safety Standards in the private rented sector. Despite this, there has yet to be a date outlined for the implementation of mandatory five-year checks, with the consultation response outlining that ‘they will be introduced as soon as parliamentary time allows’. https://www.electricalsafetyfirst.org.uk/media-centre/press-releases/2020/1/announcement-for-mandatory-electrical-safety-checks-in-the-private-rented-sector/
While it is not a legal requirement to have an EICR, as an employer, you are responsible for the welfare of your employees. Under the 1974 Health and Safety at Work Act states that employers are ‘responsible for the health and safety of their employees’ and the ‘Electricity at work regulations’ requires precaution must be in place against the risk of injury from electricity used as part of work activities.
BS7671 recommend having an EICR undertaken at least every 5 years.
If you require an EICR for your business and/or property, whether this is one site, many or a portfolio, we can provide a competent and qualified service. Contact us today!