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Electrical Inspection & Testing

Periodic Inspection and Testing, often referred to as Fixed Wire testing, is now a mandatory requirement.

It is a prerequisite under the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 that electrical installations are inspected and tested.

Many organisations may also require that an Inspection & Test programme is implemented including; Insurance Companies, Mortgage Lenders, Licensing Authorities, Public Bodies and Landlords. If this is not undertaken it may void a Company’s insurance policies.

The fundamental reason for Periodic Inspection and Testing of an electrical installation is to determine whether existing installations are safe to remain in service until the next inspection is due. A periodic inspection is required to assess the condition of the electrical installation and compliance with BS 7671.
All installations are subject to wear and tear, corrosion excessive loading and other environmental issues. Any of these can lead to major electrical breakdowns if they are not observed and rectified at regular intervals.

It is also an ideal opportunity to update any existing electrical drawings and distribution board schedules on to CAD drawings, making future fault finding and circuit identification much faster process.

The periodic inspection is to include the following operations:

  • Visual inspection of the installation
  • Inspection of continuity of protective conductors (including equipotential bonding conductors)
  • Continuity of ring circuit conductors
  • Polarity
  • Earth fault loop impedance test
  • Insulation resistance test
  • Operation of devices for isolation and switching
  • Operation of residual current circuit breakers

We will also label all socket outlets, switches and isolators with the correct circuit reference number.

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