Quality inspections are usually separate from the client’s own snagging procedure. They provide you with an independent opinion on the standard of workmanship and an assessment of the installation to validate compliance with the project specification and industry standards.
From the start of our works we develop a detailed understanding of the project specification and identify any relevant statutory requirements and potential conformance issues. We review the current quality measures in place on site and systems used for snagging.
The inspection process normally starts with a review of your snagging documentation to ensure everything is up to date and to familiarise ourselves with any problem areas. An inspection of the work in progress and any completed works not seen from our previous inspection is then carried out. During the inspection our Quality Inspector will note any areas of concern and may take photographs in support of this. At the end of the inspection our Quality Inspector will discuss any immediate areas of concern with the client. A written report with photographs is then prepared for the client with details of our findings and recommendations for improvements.
Pre-construction surveys provide a valuable source of information for anyone who is planning to modify an existing installation. It can provide useful information on the condition and capacity of existing services and will help to identify any conformance issues that could affect the outcome of any new work.
Our reports are clear and concise and provide you with a comprehensive overview of the existing installation. Reports are written using a standard template, including a front cover, contents page, the main body of the report, test documentation, marked-up drawings and photographic evidence. Surveys may vary considerably depending on the client and project requirements, but generally the scope may include at least one if not all the following requirements:
Assessment of existing installations against tender documents and drawings to verify document accuracy.
Identification of equipment and services being retained and reused to verify suitability and condition of such equipment.
Compliance verification with current standards, codes of practice and the project specification.
Assessment of available capacity on existing services for future expansion.
Conclusions summarising key points from our findings and how this could impact on a future refurbishment, with recommendations for remedial actions.
PERIODIC ELECTRICAL INSPECTIONS
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 places legal implications on employers and the self-employed to ensure the safety of electrical systems and equipment used in the working environment.
All electrical equipment deteriorates with age, as well as wear and tear from use. Every electrical installation therefore needs to be inspected and tested at appropriate intervals during its lifetime to establish that its condition is such that, subject to the completion of any necessary remedial work, the installation is safe to remain in service until at least the next inspection is due.
Core Quality Solutions offers electrical inspection and testing services as follows:
Electrical installation condition reports
Domestic electrical installation condition reports
Third party certifier’s electrical installation reports
Fire detection and alarm system verification certificates
Emergency lighting periodic inspection and testing certificates
During inspection and testing the Inspector will compare inspection and test results with relevant criteria to verify compliance (or otherwise) with current regulations. Upon completion, the client receives a report outlining the extent of the inspection and testing, with test results and a list of prioritised recommendations for remedial actions needed to bring the installation up to current standards.
Specifying the standard of workmanship required can help you to achieve the highest quality standards and to create a benchmark for the industry. Core Quality Solutions is committed to raising standards in the construction industry providing defect free installations to our client’s total satisfaction.
Benchmarking is a way of raising standards as it goes beyond a determination of the industry standard; it breaks down activities to process construction methods and materials used and looks for ways to improve best practices within the industry sector. Many companies are becoming interested in benchmarking for the continuous improvement it allows and cost savings achieved through the standardisation of workmanship.
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