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Periodic Inspection and Testing North East

Summary of Periodic Inspection from PASSfm

Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and time. Therefore, if the safety of the users is not to be compromised, it is important that every installation is periodically inspected and tested by a competent person. Indeed, this is recommended in BS7671:2008 as amended (Regulation 135.1) The inspection & testing should be carried out at appropriate intervals in order to determine what, if anything needs to be done to maintain the installation in a safe and serviceable condition. The results of the inspection & testing must be clearly detailed in a report. Any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and non-compliance with the requirements of the current edition of BS7671 that may give rise to danger should be recorded and appropriately classified for remedial action.

Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) formerly known as Periodic Inspection Report and also referred to as 'Fixed Wire Testing'. This is not to be confused with PAT Testing, which is the testing of portable appliances.

At PASSfm we offer an unrivalled installation testing service throughout the North East & UK that can be carried out at the recommended intervals e.g. 3 or 5 yearly or annually by percentage testing. Some of our clients with larger installations find this beneficial from a budgeting perspective.

PASSfm is committed to making sure organisations achieve compliance with BS7671:2008 as amended and the 'Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and as a result offers a complete Inspection and Testing service.

Purpose of periodic inspection & testing

The main purpose of periodic inspection & testing is to detect so far as is reasonably practicable, and to report on, any factors impairing or likely to impair the safety of an electrical installation. The aspects to be covered include all of the following:

  • Safety of persons against the effects of electric shock and burns
  • Protection against damage to property by fire and heat arising from an installation defect
  • Confirmation that the installation is not damaged or deteriorated so as to impair safety
  • Identification of non-compliance with the current edition of BS7671, or installation defects, which may give rise to danger

Why use PASSfm for your Installation Testing

Electrical inspection is a vital part of PASSfm's comprehensive safety programme and we offer it alongside any inspection and testing we carry out at your premise as standard.

Our team of engineers and technicians have several years experience in installation testing. They are all qualified to NVQ Level 3 or equivalent, 17th Edition and C&G 2391 as an absolute minimum. This allow us to help companies, large and small, to conform to the '17th Edition Wiring Regulations' and the 'Electricity at Work Regulations (EaWR) 1989'. These are both vital regulations that have to be adhered to.

If you are a large business, and have a set budget to constrain to for such testing, then depending on your size and the nature of an installation, we can offer a customised programme which can span over 1 to 5 years to suit your requirements, budget and to comply with industry recommendations.

Supporting Documents about Installation Testing

IEE Code of Practice

Electrical wiring in the United Kingdom

Electrical Standards and Approved Codes of Practice

Further Links and Information about Installation Testing

17th Edition Wiring Regulations

HSE Electricity at Work Regulations (EaWR) 1989 information

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 Act

PART P to Buildings Regulations

Building Regulations in the United Kingdom

If you are concerned about the electrical safety at your premises or simply are in need of advice on installation testing and regulations then please don't hesitate to give us a call straight away on 01325 320256 or follow the link below.

Periodic inspection & testing procedures

The procedures for periodic inspection & testing differ in some respects from those for the initial verification of new installation work. This is because the subject of an electrical installation condition report is usually an installation which has been energised and in use for some time. Particular attention therefore needs to be given during the inspection process to assessing the condition of the installation in respect of:

  • Safety
  • Wear and tear
  • Corrosion
  • Damage and deterioration
  • Excessive loading
  • Age
  • External influences
  • Suitability (Taking account of any changes in use or building extensions etc.)

All our tests are carried out with state of the art testing equipment. We use "Amtech Fastest" software for documentation and reporting, thus making the paper work end of the inspection more accurate and maintainable. We can provide photographic evidence of damage against any recorded non-compliance, and our industry leading multi-function test machines are calibrated regularly to guarantee accurate results. All work is carried out in accordance with “BS7671:2008 amended 2011”, "Guidance Note 3 Inspection & Testing" and the Electrical Safety Council's "Best Practice Guide- Electrical installation condition reporting"

Tests to be made:

  • Protective conductor continuity – Accessible exposed-conductive-parts of current-using equipment and accessories
  • Boding conductors continuity – Main bonding conductors to extraneous-conductive parts. Supplementary bonding conductors
  • Ring circuit continuity – Where there are records of previous tests, this test may not be necessary unless there may have been changes made to the ring final circuit
  • Polarity – At the origin of the installation, distribution boards, accessible socket-outlets and extremities of radial circuits
  • Earth fault loop impedance – At the origin of the installation, distribution boards, accessible socket-outlets and extremities of radial circuits
  • Insulation resistance – Between live conductors and earth
  • Earth electrode resistance – If applicable test each rod separately with links removed and with the installation isolated from the supply.
  • Functional tests (RCDs, circuit breakers, isolators, switching devices) – Tests required by regulation 612.13.1 followed by operation of the integral test button.

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