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Electrical testing & compliance


Electrical Testing & Compliance Head Office - 01948 820200 Manchester - 0161 628 1030 High Wycombe - 01494 412350 Lancaster - 01524 938313

At Barlows we have our very own electrical compliance department offering in house quality control and a full range of electrical testing services to domestic and commercial customers.

We are experienced in small and large scale testing programmes and compliance management with our fully qualified, specialist engineers carrying out a large number of testing services on a weekly basis.

We have an extensive range of satisfied clients across all sectors from private customers, landlords, estate agents, housing associations and commercial properties.

Barlows carry out electrical testing in properties prior to purchase, in void and rental properties, as part of stock condition surveys and for insurance purposes. We offer a bespoke electrical compliance programme to suit your individual needs. Our experienced team specialise in offering in-depth reports, quickly and competitively. As an NICEIC approved contractor all electrical reports are presented on NICEIC certified paperwork.

For repeat customers we can now offer 24 hour access to your compliance documents via our online portal.

For examples of our work and to read more about our compliance management please see our case studies.

Let Barlows take the work out of your electrical compliance management. To discuss your individual requirements or for a free quotation speak to one of our dedicated Account Managers

EICR overview

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An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) is like an ‘MOT of the electrics’ in a property. An electrician will check the condition of an existing electrical installation against BS 7671, the UK Standard for the safety of electrical installations and then issue the property owner with an EICR.

An EICR should identify:

  • Electrical circuits or equipment which are overloaded
  • Potential electric shock risks and fire hazards
  • Any lack of earthing or bonding
  • Any defective electrical work

Tests are also carried out on the installation to check that it is safe.

Only NICEIC Approved Contractors can carry out NICEIC certified EICR’s and the frequency of an electrical inspection and test really depends on factors such as the type of installation and how it is used and maintained. For more information speak to one of our qualified Account Managers.


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Portable appliance testing (PAT) is the term used to describe the examination of electrical appliances and equipment to ensure they are safe to use.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require that any electrical equipment that has the potential to cause injury is maintained in a safe condition. Regular portable appliance testing (PAT) supports organisations to meet their obligations under Health and Safety regulations.

We recommend that appliances are tested annually, although in special circumstances (heavy usage) this may be required more frequently.

Barlows are happy to provide a free reminder service so that you always remain compliant.

Thermal imaging

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Barlows technicians can accurately detect existing faults with your electrical installation and predict potential future problems by the use of thermal imagery.

Thermal imaging uses thermal cameras to identify problem areas which show up as red spots making it easy for engineers to identify and diagnose.

The use of thermal imagery can secure the safety of users of the installation and save time and money on emergency repairs.

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Barlows provide a complete range of Electrical and Maintenance solutions across the UK. Regardless of the size of your venture our aim is to deliver an exemplary standard of service that exceeds the expectations of the client from the conception to the completion of the project. With almost 70 years industry experience you know you can rely on Barlows knowledge and expertise. As a family run business, we’re still offering the same personal service that our customers have come to expect.

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