Fixed Wire Testing – BS 7671 (The IET Wiring Regulations)
Electrical Installation Testing (EIT):
- The regulations require that Electrical services and systems in commercial, industrial and residential buildings are regularly inspected, and any discrepancies repaired before a satisfactory certificate can be issued.
- You need a competent, certified and sufficiently educated (in that particular field) individual to carry out the inspection and testing; and a certified qualified supervisor, with the relevant experience, to issue the certificate.
- All fixed wire circuits must be tested. This includes lighting, socket outlets, air conditioning and other fixed plant and equipment.
- The benchmark for this inspection and test process is BS 7671 (The IET Wiring Regulations). These regulations provide guidance on how systems must be designed, installed and maintained. Deviations from this British Standard are most likely to be the cause of any problems.
- After an initial visual inspection, the integrity and functionality of cables, accessories and devices is tested.
Our team at Protest ES Ltd includes all the qualified and certified people you need and can trust to carry out your EIT. If we find any defects during our testing, we will report these formally.
Should you require any remedial work following our own or other qualified EIT inspection, we will be pleased to provide you with a quote.
Contact us now for further information on our Fixed Wire Testing – BS 7671 (The IET Wiring Regulations).
FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q. Why do I need to carry it out?
A. Fixed Wire Testing and reporting, and proper completion of any remedial work will help you comply with The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989 that place a “duty of care” on employers and landlords to properly maintain electrical circuits and equipment. You are also required to meet electrical safety standards set by the Health and Safety at Work Act and the IEE Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.
Q. Who is responsible?
A. Realistically, everybody has a duty to ensure the safety of others whilst at work. However, your nominated “Duty Holder” will have ultimate responsibility for electrical safety and welfare of staff.
Q. What does it involve?
A. Periodic Electrical Inspection & Testing requires a series of visual inspections and electronic tests to establish the safety and suitability of your electrical system. If performed correctly every electrical circuit will be de-energised whilst the Engineer tests all cables and protective devices. This is followed by a thorough visual inspection.
Q. Do I have to turn off the electricity supply?
A. Much of the work will require the mains supply to be isolated. Careful planning will limit the disruption to your business. If preferred, work can be scheduled for non-working periods, such as nights, weekends or holidays.
Q. Who should do the work?
A. It is vital that this type of work is carried out by a qualified and suitably experienced test engineer, generally a fully qualified electrician. When selecting your contractor, you should ask to see evidence of their qualifications and experience in this type of work.
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