Periodic Inspection and Testing

Over time, all electrical installations will deteriorate. Legislation requires that all installations are maintained in a safe condition and therefore must be periodically inspected and tested to ensure compliance with BS 7671.

Under the Health & Safety at Works Act 1974 which incorporates The Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, a statutory legal duty is placed on all Employers to ensure that employees and all others are not subjected to risks to their health and safety. In particular, The Electricity at Work Regulations 1999 requires those on control of part or all an electric system ensure that the system is safe to use and it is maintained in a safe condition

Health and Safety is a key aspect of our company, often generating contracts on our current Health and Safety standards. Our clients demand these high standards and we continually develop our service with all of our customers in mind.

What is Fixed Testing or Periodic Inspection and Testing?

Fixed Installation Testing may also be known as:

Fixed Installation Testing involves the testing of electrical services and systems that conduct electricity around a building. It covers all of the hard wiring in a building and includes items such as main panels, distribution boards, lighting, socket outlets, air conditioning and other fixed plant. Fixed Installation Testing involves a performing a sequence of rigorous visual inspections and electrical tests on all systems in the building.

Legal Requirements

The legislation of specific relevance to electrical maintenance and Fixed Installation Testing is the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, the Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999, the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 and the Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992.

The Health & Safety at Work Act 1974 puts the duty of care upon both the employer and the employee to ensure the safety of all persons using the work premises. This includes the self employed.

The Management of Health & Safety at Work Regulations 1999 states: "Every employer shall make suitable and sufficient assessment of:

(a) the risks to the health and safety of his employees to which they are exposed whilst at work, and

(b)the risks to ensure the health and safety of persons not in his employment arising out of or in connection with the conduct by him or his undertaking."

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 states:

Scope of the legislation

Observations and Recommendations

Any Periodic Inspection Report should include details of 'Observations and Recommendations for Actions to be Taken', sometimes referred to as remedial actions.

The NICEIC format for reporting observations and recommendations is as follows:

Where observations are made the inspector will have entered one of the following codes against each observation to indicate the action (if any) recommended

  1. 'requires urgent attention'
  2. 'requires improvement'
  3. 'requires further investigaton'
  4. 'does not comply with BS 7671:2001 (as amended)' This does not imply that the electrical installation is unsafe.


PAT Testing

Portable appliance testing (PAT) is vital to protect your business and its employees. We aim to give the best PAT testing service in the South of England to enable our customers to fulfil their obligations with regard to equipment safety.

Electrical safety obligations are not limited to businesses, of course; Landlords are also responsible for ensuring the regular testing of all appliances they provide for their tenants. All portable appliances with a mains plug need testing. This includes:



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