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Testing Times? Do you know when your fixed wire testing is due?

electrical-testingFixed installation Testing or Periodic Inspection and Testing forms an important part of any Health & Safety system. Over 7% of all workplace fatalities were caused by contact with electricity or electrical discharge. 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 electrical inspection and testing programme should be undertaken at all places of work.

In addition to these legislative requirements many other organisations such as insurance companies place an obligation on their clients to carry out periodic electrical testing. It’s recommended that only companies who are registered with an electrical governing body such as the NICEIC or the ECA are contracted, as these registrations offer an assurance of the quality of work that will be performed. Only suitably qualified electricians should carry out electrical testing. The frequency at which fixed wire installation testing should be carried out is determined by the usage of a particular building, taking into account:

  • the type of installation
  • its use and operation
  • the frequency and quality of maintenance
  • the external influences to which it is subjected

The table below provides guidance on the frequency of formal inspections of electrical installations as well as routine checks.


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