The key types of electrical testing to ensure your installations are compliant

Compliance – not everyone’s favourite topic, but an important one, nonetheless.

There’s a lot of complicated legislation, regulations and standards that your electrical system needs to adhere to, most of which you don’t need to know the ins and outs of.

In this article, we break down what you need to know about electrical compliance – what it is and why it’s so important for your organisation.


Electrical testing and inspection compliance is the process by which a qualified engineer conducts a thorough check of your electrical systems to confirm that all installations inside a building meet legislative standards. This covers circuits, appliances and all the other good stuff.

According to the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, all electrical installations and equipment (including portable equipment), need to be maintained.

It’s important that organisations ensure that both new and old electrical installations are certified as safe and compliant with BS 7671:2018. Our team at Whitestar put the utmost care into each and every system we work on, keeping the safety of our clients at the forefront of our minds at all times.

What are my organisation’s responsibilities?

Employers are required to ensure that any wiring and electrical equipment is checked regularly by a qualified commercial electrical engineer.

This is best achieved through regular visual testing (to identify any obvious flaws in the system), and more detailed tests (these can be done slightly less regularly). 

Electrical compliance can be complicated, so if you’re ever unsure whether you’re compliant or not, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our electrical experts who can advise further – don’t leave it to chance; failure to comply can result in hefty fines.


An electrical installation condition report (EICR) is a type of electrical testing and inspection that closely examines a building’s electrical systems and wiring. This is done in order to ensure that everyone is safe while using the building. 

Our qualified electricians carry out EICR testing in several stages:

  • First, there is a visual assessment, where the electrician determines if there’s issues in obvious need of repair (these might be breaks, cracks or other evident signs of damage)
  • Following this, the electrician will disconnect the electrical installations from the power supply in order to conduct ‘dead testing’ to determine which wires aren’t properly connected. They’ll also test the quality of the earthing and bonding and check failsafes to make sure that systems will disconnect within the time limit should a fault be detected
  • Finally, your electrician will issue your EICR, which is proof of your electrical compliance

How often should you renew your EICR?

Depending on the property style, you need to carry out an EICR test roughly once every 5 years in order to retain compliance. 

This doesn’t mean that you should neglect your electrical installations between reports!

We recommend consistent electrical checks to ensure the ongoing health of your electrical system. Small, regular checks and fixes are significantly more cost-effective than a one-off comprehensive check every five years (that will often turn up significant issues, trust us - it’s best to keep it regular!).


Emergency lights are usually at the back of our minds…until there’s an emergency!

Current UK law demands that all occupied buildings need to be fitted with functional escape lighting for use in case of emergency (any situation where the main power supply is cut). 

How often should I check my emergency lighting?

When looking to test your emergency lighting, it should always be done at a suitable time of day (usually in the evenings, or when the building is empty). 

A monthly test should be held to ensure that everything’s working as expected (this can be a quick on/off job to make sure your lighting still functions). 

Once a year you should hold a full rated duration test. Emergency lighting should provide at least 3 hours of illumination. Any less than that and they’re not meeting legislation. This means that mains power should be disconnected for at least three hours, and emergency lighting left on to ensure that it’s functioning properly. 

We find that many businesses neglect to check their emergency lighting – we get it, it’s easy to forget! If you need any advice on emergency lighting best practices, have a chat with our team here at Whitestar. We work with organisations big and small to keep their people safe in the event of an emergency.


PAT testing is one of the most common (and important) electrical tests, and is an essential part of any organisation’s health & safety measures. 

Thorough PAT testing is key when ensuring that staff aren’t harmed by any electrical equipment in the building.

What is PAT testing?

Portable appliance testing is the process of checking portable electrical equipment (anything from laptops and phones, to hair dryers and microwaves) to ensure that they’re safe to be used at work or home. 

It’s an employer’s duty to ensure that equipment required for work poses no threat to employees. While this isn’t a legal requirement, if it’s proved that you hadn’t been maintaining your electrical equipment after an accident, you could be held liable, so PAT testing is an important insurance step.

What equipment does PAT testing cover?

If we listed every single piece of equipment that PAT testing covered, then we’d be here all day, but in the average office environment, you might test:

  • Laptops
  • Desktop computers
  • Drills
  • Kettles
  • Heaters
  • Projectors
  • Printers
  • TVs
  • Fridges
  • Vending machines

And much more. 

A thorough PAT test will cover the plug, cable, appliance, mains sockets and other environmental surfaces (trip hazards, surface cracks, etc.) 

Generally speaking, a defective item will be easily identified. Should the defect be a little more nuanced (faulty wiring, for example), then it can be harder to identify, which is why it’s important to partner with experts that you can trust.


The experienced electricians at Whitestar Solutions have nearly three decades of electrical experience. Our clients rely on us for a whole host of electrical services, be that bespoke testing or new installations, there’s nothing we can’t handle.

Whether you’re looking to implement upgrades to your existing electrical system, carry out tailored electrical testing and inspection, ensure your electrical compliance or carry out general maintenance, we can help.

Get in touch today to speak to one of our friendly specialists. We’re on hand to answer any questions you might have.

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Are fibre optics the future?

Are fibre optics the future? As the world becomes ever more connected, the future of fibre optics looks increasingly bright. There is a global demand for high-speed connectivity and bandwidth that can cope with vast amounts of data that is rising exponentially, particularly among developing countries. The ability to share knowledge and communications at unprecedented levels means that fibre optic technology lies at the heart of twenty-first-century priorities. WHAT ARE FIBRE OPTICS? Fibre optics are flexible, transparent cables that are used to transmit data, images and audio via the passage of infrared light through thin fibres. And these fibres that are made of glass and occasionally plastic are extremely thin – a typical outer thread has a diameter of 125 micrometres (about the same as a human hair) while the transmitting cylinder is even tinier. In the telecommunications industry, fibre optics have almost completely replaced the copper wires that were previously used. Fibre optics are capable of transmitting light over enormously long distances. WHAT ARE FIBRE OPTICS USED FOR? Fibre optics are an essential part of the telecommunications sector, but they also have several other applications, mainly in the medical and aerospace industries. The world of medicine has used fibre optics for image transfer, illumination, and laser signal delivery for several decades. The fibre optics future in the medical sector is expected to become even more widespread. There is a developing technology that uses fibre optics, for example, that expedites the treatment of tumours and the healing process of wounds. Stringent standards are necessary for the challenging conditions of the civil aerospace industry, and fibre optic cables have recently been used to provide reliable and fast data transmission in a variety of aircraft. You may have noticed this if you have taken a recent flight. There is now no need to turn off your mobile phone, and you can access wifi throughout your time in the air. The use of fibre optics enables a smooth in-flight entertainment experience without risking any compromise to the complicated electrical systems installed in the aircraft. 5G – A CRUCIAL PART OF THE FIBRE OPTICS FUTURE With the recent successful launch of the Starlink satellites, 5G will soon succeed 4G telecommunications which currently offer connectivity to most mobile phones. Although there is a widespread assumption that 5G will replace cabled networks, the revolutionary aims of 5G would be impossible without the terrestrial infrastructure provided by fibre optics. The two technologies will complement each other, and the 5G networks will primarily be used to bridge the gap between mobile devices and fibre cables. Although many are satisfied with the performance of 4G, which was introduced in 2008, there are many parts of the world where connectivity is inadequate or non-existent. 5G will offer virtually 100% connectivity anywhere in the world with ultra-fast speeds. It is predicted, for example, that you will be able to download a three-hour movie in a couple of seconds. Many masts have been erected, the satellites have been launched – it is now only a short time until 5G is widely available and it will have an impact on fibre-optic requirements. The possibilities of 5G are virtually unlimited, but a smart, fibre-deep infrastructure remains paramount to making the vision an actuality. It’s clear that the 5G customer experience will rely heavily on the ground network of fibre optic cables. The key regulation differences between legacy buildings vs new buildings and why you should care The key regulation differences between legacy buildings vs new buildings and why you should care To rewire or not to rewire is the big question when it comes to an older – or what we refer to as ‘legacy’ – building. The short-but-inconclusive answer is: it depends. When wiring a new building – be it school block, hospital ward or office block – the process is relatively straightforward. You need to build to regulations, with cables which are up to the job and don’t pose a fire hazard. As per our blog post on the Construction Products Regulation (CPR), every power, data and telecommunication cable that is intended to be permanently installed in a construction works now must display a CE-marked label and have a Declaration of Performance (DoP) drawn up and made available. SHOULD YOU REWIRE YOUR LEGACY BUILDING? Legacy buildings aren’t subject to the CPR in the same way that new buildings are. If the cabling in the building isn’t posing any health and safety risk – and isn’t hampering operations in any way – it doesn’t have to be ripped out and rewired with CE-marked cabling. But that isn’t to say you shouldn’t do a complete rewire anyway. As we said, it depends. So, what does it depend on? If your building has undergone any recent damage, or there are lights and sockets that have ceased to function as normal, then these are signs that the building needs to be rewired. Damage to the casing of wires can be a serious hazard. So, if you find any exposed wires then the best thing to do is get in touch with a contractor who can assess the full extent of the issue and advise on the next steps. WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?   If you’re not sure when the last rewiring of the building took place, or the electrics are showing signs of damage, then it could be time for a complete rewiring. From a health and safety point of view, it’s your safest bet. But it’s not your only option. After all, a complete rewire doesn’t tend to come cheaply. Whitestar Solutions can carry out electrical testing and inspection which will reveal the condition of the electrics throughout the building. Deficiencies found during the inspection and testing might then be remedied such that the installation may continue to be used in safety. We offer a complete range of electrical testing and inspection services for commercial and industrial premises. We test 100% of your installation, providing a true reflection on the safety of the installation. From there,