24 Nov 2023
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Why its important to keep on top of your offices electrical system

A significant amount of business owners understand the importance of maintaining their office environment, considering it just as crucial as caring for their team members. Regrettably, some leave this aspect to fate.

There can be several different reasons that make it apparent that the building needs some electrical maintenance.

Building regulations, electrical standards and approved codes of practice are in place to provide reasonable protection against the installation becoming the source of a fire or a cause of injury to persons [1].

Flickering Lights

Flickering lights can be a key indicator that there is potentially a loose electrical connection throughout the mains system. While flickering lights may seem like a minor inconvenience, they can undoubtedly lead to a bigger and more financial issue.

At IDES, our team of qualified and experienced electricians are able to attend to the affected area and provide a diagnosis and efficient solutions. It is highly important that the issue is raised and resolved. If the flickering is occurring in multiple rooms, it could be highlighting a cable connection or power source issue.

Non-Compliant Electrical System

Electrical systems need to be kept up to date with the most recent safety codes and regulations. Keeping up to date ensures you are insured and providing a safe working environment for team members. Being that, if the electrical system isn’t the latest, it’s essential to contemplate an upgrade.

In result, failing to update a electrical system to comply with current regulations can not only put employees’ safety at risk but also expose businesses’ to legal liabilities and possible fines.

Circuit Breakers Tripping Frequently

If the buildings electrical circuit trips on a regular basis, there is a high chance the problem needs to be assessed. A regular tripping circuit is 9 times out of 10 related to a specific issue or component.

Our team of trained professionals can use their expertise and equipment to carry out tests and understand the root cause. The importance of maintaining your offices electrical system has mass benefits and ensures a safe working environment.

What potential issues may arise if you postpone the necessary electrical work your office requires?

Financial Detriment:

Overall, financial detriment is a massive consequence of ignoring electrical work. Cut-outs and downtime can be a consequence of disregarding potential risks. Further disrupting business operations causing productivity and sale losses.

Not keeping up with regular maintenance and delaying repairs or upgrades on the electrical assets can result in more extensive and costly electrical work in the future. This may include emergency repairs, which tend to be more expensive. Similar to a car’s MOT, the longer we ignore those warning lights on the dashboard, the more likely the costs will escalate.


Neglecting necessary electrical upgrades may result in non-compliance with building codes and safety regulations, potentially leading to fines or legal issues. Safety regulations are put in place to ensure that colleagues are working within a safe environment and with insured and verified assets.

Inadequate or outdated electrical systems can affect the efficiency of office equipment, significantly leading to increased energy consumption and higher electricity bills.

Workforce Safety:

Electrical problems can threaten the safety and well-being of employees, potentially leading to workplace injuries. Inadequate lighting and climate control due to electrical issues can create an uncomfortable working environment. Poor working conditions has the likelihood to lead into reduced employee satisfaction and retention.

Postponing essential office electrical work can lead to safety risks, operational disruptions, financial strain, and harm to a company’s reputation. It is essential to address electrical issues promptly to prevent these potential problems.

Are you responsible for employees’ property damage due to inadequate building electrical maintenance?

As an employer, you are trusted with the vital duty of ensuring a safe workplace for employees. Failure to uphold electrical maintenance and address recognised issues may expose you to potential liability for any harm caused to employees’ personal belongings.

Employees may have legal reasons to pursue compensation for their losses if their belongings are damaged or lost.

At IDES, our expertise extends across the commercial and industrial sectors. Covering the retail, leisure, hospitality, dentistry and automotive repair sectors, we have a track record of operational success.  Our skilled technicians can promptly address your requests to keep your building’s electrical maintenance up-to-date.

If any of the above is of interest to you, please contact us on 01706 227200 or enquiry@idesuk.com.

[1] https://www.hse.gov.uk/electricity/standards.htm

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