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Electrical Installation Testing Electrical Installation Testing

What is Fixed Wire Testing?
Fixed Wire Testing or Periodic Inspection and Testing, or Fixed Installation Testing, as it is often referred to, is a report on the electrical wiring of a property, outlining any defects it may have that may prove to be a safety hazard. Owners of buildings have a duty of care to users. The wiring of buildings is an area that is often taken for granted, yet it can be a major cause of fire or injury through electric shocks.
 
Why Fixed Wire Testing?
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states that: • "All systems shall at all times be of such construction as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, danger. • All systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, such danger. • Every work activity...shall be carried out in such a manner as not to give rise, so far as is reasonably practicable, to danger. • Any equipment provided under these Regulations for the purpose of protecting persons at work on or near electrical equipment shall be suitable for the use which it is provided" The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) recommends that to comply with the regulations, an inspection and testing programme should be undertaken at all places of work. Periodic inspection and testing is necessary because all electrical installations deteriorate due to a number of factors such as damage, wear, tear, corrosion, excessive electrical loading, ageing and environmental influences. The requirements for fixed installation testing are contained within the Institution of Electrical Engineers 17th Edition, Wiring Regulations (BS 7671). Depending upon the type of establishment, the frequency of inspection and testing will vary. However, all electrical installations require testing to meet the requirements of the IEE Wiring Regulations.
 
How often does Fixed Wire Testing have to be done? 
 

Recommended Initial Frequencies of Inspection of Electrical Installations.

Type of Installation Routine check

Maximum period between Inspections
and testing as necessary
 
General Installation
Domestic
Commercial
Educational estab
Hospitals
Industrial
Residential accom
Offices
Shops
Laboratories
Sellers pack 
1 year
4 months
1 year
1 year
any change / 1 year
1 year
1 year
1 year
any change/10 yrs
any change/5 years
3 years
3 years
3 years
5 years
5 years
5 years
5 years
Buildings open to the public.
Cinemas
1 year
3 year
Church installations
1 year
5 years
Leisure complexes(no pools)
1 year
3 years
Public entertainment
1 year
3 years
Restaurants / Hotels
1 year
5 years
Theatres
1 year
3 years
Public houses / Bars
1 year
5 years
Village hall / centres
1 year
5 years