Periodic Electrical Inspection

Electrician - Industrial and Commercial Inspection and Testing Specialist in Sheffield, Fire Alarm & Emergency Lighting Systems, Electrical Installations for Domestic and Commercial Premises....

 

 WHAT IS PERIODIC INSPECTION / FIXED WIRE TESTING?

    Fixed wire testing is sometimes referred to as Electrical Installation Condition Report, Fixed Test or Hard Wire Test.

 

The Electricity at Work Act, 1989 states that all electrical systems and equipment used in the working environment should be in a safe condition. The Health & Safety Executive recommend that in order to comply with the regulations an inspection and testing programme should be undertaken at all places of work, known as Fixed Installation Testing.

Fixed Wire Testing involves the testing of electrical services and systems. I.e the cables that conduct electricity around a building. It covers all of the fixed wiring in a building and includes items such as main panels, distribution boards, lighting, socket outlets, air conditioning and other fixed plant. In testing there is a sequence of electrical tests done on each circuit together with rigorous visual inspections.

 

Guidance Note 3 of the IEE Wiring Regulations states:

"Where diagrams, charts or tables are not available, a degree of exploratory work may be necessary so that inspection and testing can be carried out safely and effectively. A survey may be necessary to identify switchgear, controlgear, and the circuits they control."

In practice this means that our Engineers always initially aim to correctly identify all circuits in an installation. They do this by using advanced test equipment, previous electrical certificates and the circuit labelling, if there is any.

Guidance Note 3 also states:

 "Periodic tests should be made in such a way as to minimise disturbance of the installation and inconvenience to the user. Where it is necessary to disconnect part or whole of the installation in order to carry out a test, the disconnection should be made at a time agreed with the user and for the minimum period needed to carry out the test. Where more than one test necessitates a disconnection where possible they should be made during one disconnection period.

A careful check should be made of the type of equipment on site so that the necessary precautions can be taken, where conditions require, not to disconnect or short-out electronic and other equipment which may be damaged by testing."

We can provide Periodic/Fixed Wire Testing with minimal disruption to your business/home. Fixed wire testing can be quite intrusive. For this reason careful planning and time management is a necessity in order to keep disruption to a minimum. In practice, some aspects of testing are best performed outside of normal working hours. 

The results and extent of periodic inspection and testing should be recorded on a Electrical Installation Condition Report and provided to the person ordering the inspection. The report must include the extent of the work, limitations, details of defects and dangerous conditions, and schedules of inspections and test results. 

Immediately dangerous conditions should be rectified or reported without delay to the relevant duty holder. Other recommendations and observations should be reported using a numbering system to indicate the severity of each observation.

 


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