Fixed Wire Testing
Often referred to as; an Electrical Installation Condition Report, a Periodic Inspection Report, A Landlords Safety Certificate.
It is an MOT for an electrical system.
Fixed Wire Testing involves the examination of circuits through a range of tests to assess the suitability and safety of the entire system.
Legally required by all commercial premises', testing may be required regularly on a yearly or even monthly basis depending on the nature of the business.
Frequently Asked Questions
Fixed Wire Testing
Why do I need Fixed wire Testing?
The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989 places a “duty of care” on employers and landlords to maintain electrical systems to prevent danger where otherwise it may exist.
Who is Responsible?
Realistically, everybody has a duty to ensure the safety of others whilst at work; however, the Duty Holder will have ultimate responsibility for electrical safety.
What does it involve?
Periodic test and inspection requires a series of visual inspections and electronic tests to be performed to establish the safety and suitability of your electrical system.
Who can carry out the work?
It is vital that this type of work is carried by a qualified and experienced test Engineer. Such Engineers are generally fully qualified electricians who have experience of test and inspection and have been trained and qualified in electrical inspection work specifically. When selecting your contractor you should ask to see evidence of their qualifications and experience in this type of work.
Will it affect my business?
There will be some impact such as short periods of downtime on circuits; however, with careful planning and strong liaison between you and your contractor, this can be conducted at a time that best suits your business.
What Electrical Certificates will I get?
Installation details and characteristics
Circuit information and test results
Schedule of items tested and inspected
A list of defects or deviations from the British Standard (these will require attention)
What could happen if I dont carry out FIxed Wire Testing?
There are many reasons not to do periodic electrical test and inspection such as cost, inconvenience, or lack of knowledge.
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