Fixed Wire Inspections & Testing
Fixed Wire Testing UK Regulations
Fixed wire testing regulations in the UK state that such testing is required as part of the Electricity at Work Regulations and the Health and Safety at Work Act. The Electricity at Work Regulations state that “all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger”. Con-Fused can provide fixed wire testing for commercial premises across Southend-on-Sea, Benfleet, Basildon, Essex, London and the Home Counties, ensuring that you’re complying with fixed wire testing rules and keeping people safe.
Fixed Wire Testing Procedure
Fixed wire testing is a comprehensive process that covers the inspection of all electrical installations within a property. From wiring to circuit boards, appliances and plug sockets, a fixed wire testing procedure is a crucial part of ensuring a building’s safety.
Let’s look at what is involved in fixed wire testing. Firstly, the appointed technician will identify the circuits in an installation by looking at the circuit labelling and test information from previous inspections. A visual and physical inspection follows, which allows the technician to determine the condition of the installations and what, if any, remedial actions are required. Upon completion of the inspection, an EICR will be provided – an Electrical Installation Condition Report.
Fixed Wire Testing Frequency
The required frequency of fixed wire testing depends on the type of environment in question. In places like schools, hotels, restaurants and care homes, the standard required frequency of fixed wire inspections is every five years. In other environments, like medical areas in hospitals and clinics, swimming pools, spas and leisure centres, the testing should be carried out every three years. Of course, in the event of installations suffering damage or wear and tear, testing should occur more frequently.
5-Year Electrical Testing Fixed Wire Test
For a five-year fixed wire test, all electrical installations within a building are inspected, tested and assessed. Every circuit, every connection and all wiring is meticulously inspected to ensure it is up to standard and suitable for use. After the testing is complete, an EICR (Electrical Installation Condition Report) is created, which details the work carried out and the findings of that work. Should any vulnerabilities be found, the report will suggest improvements and repairs that the landlord or building owner is required to investigate.
Fixed Wire Testing Report
A fixed wire testing report contains a number of different sections that must be filled out. The sections include:
- Client details – the name and address of the client and property.
- Purpose of the report – whether it has been requested by the client or suggested by the contractor, it will be detailed here.
- Details of installation – this includes the address of the premises, the type of premises it is (industrial, commercial, residential), the age of previous installations and the date of previous inspections.
- Extent of the installation and limitations of the inspection and testing – here, the contractor details what they were able to do and what they were unable to do. For example, they may say they could inspect each electrical installation, but they were unable to reach other areas.
- Declaration – this is signed by an electrician and a verification officer to state that the inspection has been carried out properly.
- Summary of condition of the installation – this will either be ‘satisfactory’ or ‘unsatisfactory’. This informs the customer whether or not additional work or improvements are required.
For comprehensive, reliable and effective fixed wire testing, look no further than the experts at Con-Fused. With years of experience, we can inspect and test all electrical installations in your property, suggesting and enacting repairs and improvements where necessary. For more information, contact us today.