Periodic Electrical Testing and PAT Testing

Electrical testing is legally required for compliance with:


Electrical Inspection and Testing of Buildings (BS7671)
Fixed wire testing is a periodic requirement by law. With increased responsibility of the owner/occupier compliance has never been more of an essential requirement. 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 and environmental influences. Legislation requires that electrical installations are maintained in a safe condition and therefore must be periodically inspected and tested
Regular testing of portable appliances is a legal requirement and the laws are in place to protect you, your premises and the people around you whether these may be colleagues, employees, tenants or customers

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Periodic inspection and testing should be carried out only by electrically competent persons, such as registered electricians. They will check the condition of the electrics against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations).
Main lists focus on as follows:
  • The adequacy of earthing and bonding.
  • The suitability of the switchgear and controlgear. For example, an old fusebox with a wooden back, cast-iron switches, or a mixture of both will need replacing.
  • The serviceability of switches, sockets and lighting fittings. Items that  may need replacing include: older round-pin sockets, round light switches, cables with fabric coating hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches and sockets mounted in skirting boards.
  • The type of wiring system and its condition. For example, cables coated in black rubber were phased out in the 1960s. Likewise cables coated in lead or fabric are even older and may well need replacing (modern cables use longer-lasting pvc insulation).
  • Sockets that may be used to supply portable electrical equipment for use outdoors, making sure they are protected by a suitable residual current device (RCD).
  • The presence of adequate identification and notices.
  • The extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration.
  • Any changes in the use of the premises that have led to, or may lead to, unsafe conditions.
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