Testing & Inspection
Current Electrical can carry out all electrical inspection and testing for your home or business. This is needed in order to ensure that a working or living environment is electrically safe from potential accidents. Our friendly and experienced electricians can help you, by ensuring that your employees and residents are safe from potential hazards. Not only is it vital to meet all health and safety regulations for legal reasons, but the tests will also give you complete peace of mind that your building is safe.
We will provide you with an Electrical Installation Condition Report detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard that might give rise to danger.
The safety of our customers is our number one priority, which is why we always use the best quality equipment in our testing process. We follow IEE Wiring Regulations (BS 7671:2008) and our electricians are City & Guilds qualified.
What is Fixed Wire Testing?
Fixed Wire Testing (also referred to as Periodic Inspection Reporting) is a procedure that’s undertaken to evaluate and report on the condition of an electrical installation to help ensure it’s safety.
Therefore, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommend that inspection and testing should be undertaken at all places of work. To minimise risks and ensure your electrical installation complies with all relevant regulations and obligations, electrical checks provide comprehensive Electrical Installation Condition Reporting (EICR) to comply with the Electricity at Work Regulations and BS7671:2008.
All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. They should therefore be inspected and tested at appropriate intervals to check whether they are in a satisfactory condition for continued service. Such safety checks are commonly referred to as ‘periodic inspection and testing’.
A periodic inspection will:
- Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded.
- Find any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards.
- Identify any defective electrical work.
- Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding.
- A schedule of circuits is also provided, which is invaluable for a property.
How often is a periodic inspection required?
Your electrics should be inspected and tested every:
- 10 years for an owner-occupied home.
- 5 years for a rented home.
- 3 years for a caravan.
- 1 year for a swimming pool.
Other times when a periodic inspection should be carried out are:
- When a property is being prepared for letting.
- Before selling a property or buying a previously-occupied property.
Who should carry out the periodic inspection and what happens?
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).
The inspection takes into account all the relevant circumstances and checks on:
- 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, 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.
The competent person will then issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard that might give rise to danger.
If any dangerous or potentially dangerous condition or conditions are found, the overall condition of the electrical installation will be declared to be ‘unsatisfactory’, meaning that remedial action is required without delay to remove the risks to those in the premises.
Electrical testing services we offer in north west London and surrounding areas:
- Periodic Inspection Testing
- Electrical Installations Condition Reports (EICR)
- Emergency Lighting Testing – installation and maintenance
- Fire Alarm Testing – installation and maintenance
- Portable Appliance Testing (PAT)
- Landlords Safety Certificates