Fire Alarm Engineer (Electrically Qualified)

Vacancy code- FA-WM

Job Summary

Veriserv provide a range of electrical compliance services nationwide for many large public and private organisations. Due to further recent success and contract awards we have a vacancy for an experienced electrically qualified Fire Alarm engineer.

Primarily the role will be to serve one contract undertaking the works as detailed below for a busy retail client. You will serve your own region, though working out of town and on our other contracts will also be required.

The applicant must be fully electrically qualified plus hold inspection & testing qualifications and the IET Wiring regulations 17th edition.

Key Skills & Experience

Inspect, test and service 2-wire & addressable Fire alarm Panels in accordance with BS5839, from manufacturers such as C-Tec, Rafiki, Kentec and other similar systems.

Provide technical support, training to other engineers in and out of hours as well as on the call out rota.

Additionally;

Undertaken periodic inspection and test to fixed wiring installations, single and three phase, within working premises.

Recording findings within an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).

Inspect & Test emergency lighting systems to BS5266.

Inspect & Test portable electrical equipment in line with the current IET code of practice.

Repairs to all aspects as detailed above including reactive works which will include out of hours.

Qualifications

Fire alarm FIA Units 1, 4 & 5

City & Guilds 2330 Level 2 & 3 (or equivalent)

City & Guilds 2391 or 2395 Inspection & Test

City & Guilds 17th Edition

Remuneration Package

Overtime, travel and average earnings holiday pay included

Van, uniform, mobile phone and specialist equipment such as test kit all provided.

Veriserv are an equal opportunity employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £33,200 basic with OTE in excess of £45,000

Click here to apply – Remember to insert the VACANCY CODE stated above and select ‘Advertised Vacancy’ when applying for this particular role to enable us to process your application.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Portable Appliance Tester (PAT Engineer) – Croydon

Vacancy code- PAT-MAI

Job Summary

Our mission: provide all our customers with an exceptional service that is fit for purpose, when it matters, delivered by experts to reduce risk.

We have an exciting opportunity within our Portable Appliance Testing division for a full time PAT engineer.

The role requires you to undertake electrical safety inspections to portable and similar equipment at clients’ premises locally, within the South of England and occasionally throughout the UK.

You will be based from home, with work booked on a weekly basis from our head office.

The position requires travel on a daily basis and often overnight stays for sites further a field.Travel*, overnights & expenses will be paid.

Training, equipment, uniform, PPE & a pool van will be provided.

Preferably the successful person will live within a 15mile radius of our offices in Burntwood near Cannock.

Following training you will carry out safety inspections and electrical tests to the equipment recording the data within a handheld computer and further advising the client of your findings.

The role is customer facing so good communication skills will be required.

Some experience/knowledge of “PAT Testing” is preferred though full training will be provided for the right applicant.

Salary;

Full time- 40 hours per week

From £8.00 per hour (or in line with living wage at the time of appointment) plus a generous bonus incentive. *All travel paid from first half an hour to last half an hour as per tracker.

OTE £25,000 to £30,000

Requirements of Portable Appliance Tester (PAT Engineer) Role

  • A full driving license
  • Good communication skills
  • Preferably living within a 15 mile radius of our Burntwood office near Cannock
  • You will be working nation wide so naturally this role is for a hardworking, committed person
  • Must pass a DBS check
  • Able to work under your own initiative

Responsibilities of Portable Appliance Tester (PAT Engineer) Role

  • Conduct electrical safety inspections to portable and similar equipment at clients premises throughout the UK
  • Traveling on a daily basis to our clients
  • At times, over night stays in order to facilitate testing our clients appliances (Overnights and expenses will be paid)
  • Recording data from inspections

Benefits of Portable Appliance Tester (PAT Engineer)

  • 28 days holidays (inclusive of bank holidays)
  • Uniform and PPE are provided
  • A company vehicle is provided
  • Full training
  • Based from home
  • Generous bonus incentive

Veriserv are an Equal Opportunities Employer

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £22,000.00 to £25,000.00 /year

Click here to apply – Remember to insert the VACANCY CODE stated above and select ‘Advertised Vacancy’ when applying for this particular role to enable us to process your application.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Approved Electrician – Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Vacancy code- ETE-SOT

Job Summary

We require an experienced electrician to undertake Electrical Periodic Inspections, remedial and other related works for our prestigious social housing client.

The role requires an enthusiastic and conscientious approach with the possibility of progression to a supervisor status.

Experience is essential with a proven track record of working within social housing with an approach that promotes the improvement to the clients housing stock.

Qualifications

Full apprenticeship with AM2 and/or equivalent Electrical City & Guilds qualifications.

C&G 2382 17th or 18th Edition

C&G 2391 or C&G 2394/5

Essential Experience & Skills

Good communication skills and resolve for technical issues

Conversant with BS7671 with particular regard to amendment 3

Good working knowledge of Domestic Installation Conditions Reports (DEICR)

Experience of BS5839-6 Smoke and Heat Detectors in dwellings

Remuneration Package

Van, uniform, mobile phone and specialist tools & equipment will be provided.

40 hours per week, plus travel, quality bonus & average earnings holiday pay

Veriserv are an equal opportunities employer.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: £33,200 basic with OTE in excess of £45,000

Click here to apply – Remember to insert the VACANCY CODE stated above and select ‘Advertised Vacancy’ when applying for this particular role to enable us to process your application.

We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Veriserv Sponsor the Realise Foundation Darts Competition

Veriserv Sponsor the Realise Foundation Darts Competition which was held on 8th October 2016.

The Realise Foundation held its fourth Darts Competition on Saturday 8th October, attracting a range of darts players, from pub players to a former World top 10, Andy Hamilton. The aim of the day was primarily to raise funds for the Charity, but also raise awareness of the Realise Foundation’s work and the support they offer to young people, whilst providing a great day to everyone that attended.

veriserv-sf-board The day proved to be a huge success, with over 100 people attending and over £6.5k raised. This will enable the Charity to support at least 13 young adults into apprenticeships, thus improving their future career prospects.

Ben Morris the charity co-ordinator said; As a semi final sponsor, Veriserv’s support to the Charity is invaluable, ensuring that the event was a huge success. Next years event will take place on Saturday 7th October, with further details to be confirmed closer to the date.

Aspire Housing provide support and work together with the Realise Foundation charity to provide essential support to over 650 young people each year in the Staffordshire region, to help progress them in their education and subsequently gain employment.

Gift aid from PM Training and donations from local people and business, provide Realise with the financial support required to make this happen.

Also supported are a number of progressive initiatives to improve neighbourhoods and disadvantaged communities; help people overcome barriers to skills, support people into employment, tackle health inequalities, and assist in the development of people’s confidence,independence and self-reliance.

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This essential support includes the provision of work wear, tool-kits, lap tops, driving lessons, personal development training, creative artwork and environmental improvements.

The Realise Foundation work together with Aspire Housing and PM Training to blend commercial expertise with social purpose, to revitalise communities by providing homes, training, employment and support.

To find out more about;

the charity visit The Realise Foundation Website

and Aspire Housing here.

Veriserv are proud sponsors of The Realise Foundation.

 

 

 

Protect your Staff and Property from Electrical Fires

Protect your Staff and Property from Electrical Fires. As an owner of property used for business it’s likely you have thought about the risks of fire and what preventative measures should be employed, but have you thought about how to protect your staff and property from electrical fires ?

The risk of fire caused by an electrical fault can be hidden from normal view and less obvious to detect for someone who has responsibility for the safety of persons  in a non domestic situation. This is one reason why it is important to have your electrical systems inspected and tested by a competent person and in accordance with BS 7671. Below are three examples of where overheating, with the potential to cause fire, have occurred. All three examples were found by a Veriserv engineer whilst carrying out inspection and testing prior to delivering an Electrical Installation Condition Report to our customer.

This first example is an electrical wall socket that had been overheating. It did become obvious as a fire actually started and was thankfully spotted and extinguished before it spread. It was then left in a live condition before being picked up during the electrical inspection and testing by Veriserv.

The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) produce Electrical Inspection & Testing Guidance Note 3 to BS7671. Section 2.5.2g states that fire barriers, suitable seals and/or protection against thermal effects should be provided if necessary to meet the requirements of BS 7671 to minimise the spread of fire.

In this example a live electrical cable has been touching the moving mechanical parts of an isolator switch and has rubbed through the insulation causing overheating and the risk of electric shock. This was found by Veriserv during a visual inspection of the isolator.  IET Guidance note 3 2.5.1c states that cables and cable management systems should be designed and installed taking into account the mechanical stresses that users of the installation will make upon the installation.

In this example a cable connection within the electrical distribution board had become loose and overheated. As this is a relatively modern board manufactured using fire resistant material, and the overheated parts are contained within a closed compartment, this fault it is unlikely to cause fire to spread.  Older equipment however may be higher risk as more susceptible to combustion or the spread of electrical fires.

Make sure you employ a qualified electrical engineer to periodically inspect your electrical installation. For more information or to make an enquiry please contact Veriserv Limited.

Risk of electric shock through poor socket selection

Risk of electric shock through poor socket selection, in this example standard plastic electrical socket outlets have been fitted in an office floor

It seems quite obvious that if an electrical socket is to be fitted into the floor, it would need to be of a type that has been designed to withstand weight or impact, however someone has ignored this criteria, or has not considered the environment.

A standard plastic electrical socket outlet is designed to be mounted into a wall and would not be suitable to floor mount. The sockets in this photo would easily be broken by; the steel chair leg where the leg could become live through direct contact with the live electrical conductors.

This example was identified by a Veriserv engineer whilst carrying out an electrical fixed wiring inspection and test. The engineer would isolate the sockets and complete an “immediate report” to notify Veriserv’s customer.

The sockets should be of the type that are enclosed in a protection enclosure suitable for use on an office floor. This type of socket would normally have a lid to stop ingress of liquids should they get spilt.

Electrical equipment that is intended for use in the workplace must satisfy the safety requirements of  the  Electrical Equipment (Safety) Regulations 1994  and  must  provide  a  safe connection to the mains electrical supply.

The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) publish BS7671, IET wiring regulations seventeenth edition. Section 522.6.2 states that wiring systems shall be selected and erected so as to minimise damage arising from mechanical stress or impact during use or maintenance.

Veriserv would be happy to advise on any electrical compliance matter, or provide you with a quotation to carry out an Electrical Fixed wiring inspection and test of your premises.

Please contact us on 01543 225306 or complete our on line enquiries form.

 

Congratulations to the Veriserv Staff awards winners

Congratulations to the Veriserv Staff awards winners, Becky and Justin are the first winners of the Veriserv GEM awards in 2016. A big well done to both of them!

The Verserv GEM is awarded to staff who have “Gone the extra mile” during their work at Veriserv. Staff awards are presented quarterly where Veriserv staff nominate a winner from the office staff and an engineer is chosen from those that have received positive customer feedback during the period. The winners pick up a cash prize.

Becky Newnham, Veriserv 1st quarter winner 2016

Becky Newnham won the staff award based upon nominations from  fellow workmates in Veriserv’s office. Becky’s day to day role is in Customer Services, however she was asked to help with an urgent task to create Operation & Maintenance Manuals for a large project which had recently been completed by Veriserv. Becky had limited experience in this area but she willingly took on the task, quickly learn t what was required, then meticulously put the manuals together to a very high standard. The day before the delivery deadline day Becky called in from her holiday to check in with our project manager, making sure all was set for a presentation to the client. Well Done Becky!

1st quarter winner Veriserv 2016

Justin Tinker won the engineer award based upon great feedback from Veriserv clients. Justin heads up Veriserv’s electrical installation & remedial department which involves on-site surveys, quoting and supervising other engineers during the completion of on site works. Justin also gets stuck in, assisting other engineers or completing the works himself. Several engineers deserve a “Well Done!” as they had also received positive feedback from clients and were entered into a draw, however Justin’s name was pulled out of the hat. A big well done to Justin!

If you have a need for Electrical Installation or Remedial works Justin can be contacted on 01543 225306, or complete our on line contact enquiry form

Has your Fire Alarm Battery been tested

Has your fire alarm battery been tested recently ? All fire alarms systems have some sort of backup power to maintain alarm functionality if for any reason the mains power fails. For most systems this reserve power would be provided by a backup battery.

For all fire alarm systems it is imperative that the backup battery is tested during routine maintenance.

The battery shown below was removed from a customers fire alarm system by a Veriserv engineer during periodic maintenance of the system.

There are various faults that can effect batteries however this fault is clearly visible in the form of swelling and distortion. This battery has become swollen as a result of overcharging which has been caused by a faulty voltage regulator within the fire alarm panel and excessive current has flowed into the battery after the battery has reached full charge. The constant current will cause decomposition of the electrolyte within the battery and lead to premature aging. At high rates of overcharge a battery will progressively heat up and as it gets hotter it will accept more current, heating up even further. This is called thermal runaway and it can destroy a battery in as little as a few hours.

A Veriserv engineer replaced this battery and repaired the faulty panel to prevent the new battery suffering the same fate.

Operators and owners of non domestic premises have a duty under the Health & Safety at work Act 1974 to provide a safe place of work. In practice this means that all non domestic premises should have a working fire alarm system which is being properly maintained. Veriserv can provide design and installation services together with a suitable on going maintenance regime.

British Standard BS5839 sets out the code of practice for design, installation, commissioning and maintenance of systems in non domestic premises. Section 25.4 states that the following recommendations are applicable: a) The standby supply should comprise of a secondary (rechargeable) battery with an automatic charger, b) The battery should be of the type having a life of at least four years under the conditions of use likely to be experienced in the fire detection and fire alarm system.

A Veriserv engineer would check the age of the battery and carefully calculate the specification of a replacement where necessary.

Veriserv are accredited to NSI Gold standard and can provide guidance if you are un sure of your duties or need some reassurance as to the condition of your fire alarm system. We can also carry out a mandatory Fire Risk Assessment for your premises to make sure any potential fire hazards are identified and addresses.

For more information please contact us on 01543 225306 or complete our on line form.

Other sources of information;

Fire Industries Association (FIA)

National Security Inspectorate (NSI)

British Approvals for Fire Equipment (BAFE)

Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

 

Portable Appliance Testing why do it

Portable Appliance Testing why do it , In the work place all portable electrical equipment should be subject to ‘User Checks’ carried out by a competent person. As an employer its very important to protect people in premises that you control from electric shock, fire and other hazards. Its also very important to protect yourself and your company from prosecution should an accident occur which is not your fault.

The examples shown in this blog were all identified by Veriserv engineers and demonstrate how your employees could negatively effect safety in your workplace. In other words, employees who ignore the basic principles of electrical safety could land you and others in trouble.

The first example of portable appliance testing why do it, shows a standard 13amp plug where the fuse has been replaced with a peace of metal bar. A correctly rated fuse will blow if the portable appliance develops a fault. This in turn protects the user from potential electric shock and would prevent the possibility of the appliance overheating and causing a fire.

Someone has deliberately replaced the fuse with the bar which is totally irresponsible, given that the appliance is no longer protected at the rated 13 amps. Given the size of the cables it may be that the appliance itself should be connected by a different means to a 13 amp plug. A competent portable appliance test engineer will check ratings and advise accordingly and a veriserv engineer would also disconnect the appliance and issue an immediate report to advise our customer.

This second example was found plugged in and switched on with live conductors showing.

 

Again this is an example where it would be clear to a responsible person that this extension lead is not fit for use.

The third example is another broken extension lead being used in service which clearly exposes people to an electric shock hazard.

Both faults were found by Veriserv engineers during annual portable appliance testing (PAT) and these examples reinforce the importance of maintaining a proper testing regime to protect people in your premises.

Ideally, equipment which has an obvious visual fault should be switched off and taken out of service by an employee or person acting responsibly in the workplace. Only very basic health & Safety training is required to achieve this.

In any event, in the workplace it should not be acceptable for a defect to go unnoticed, therefore the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) recommend that formal visual inspections are undertaken periodically by a competent person to identify these hazardous items.

All Veriserv PAT engineers are qualified to the City & Guilds 2377 Level 3 award in the in service inspection and testing of electrical equipment (PAT)

If you need advice on Portable Appliance Testing please feel free to request a quotation or call Veriserv directly on: 01543 225306.

Useful References:

The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) publish guidance for the maintenance of portable appliances

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) provide useful guidance on Portable Appliance Testing

IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment Chapter 15.8

Provision & Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 Regulation 5
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, Regulation 4(1)

If you need advice on Portable Appliance Testing please feel free to request a quotati