Electrical Installation Condition Reports, commonly known as Fixed Wire Testing, is very different from Portable Appliance Testing. The two are very different tests, perform different functions and require a different set of skills in order to carry them out …
Fixed Wire Testing The Importance Of Regular Tests
Whereas Portable Appliance Testing covers the testing of appliances such as kettles, coffee makers, fridges, computers and printers, Fixed Wire Testing covers the testing of an electrical installation’s main electrical wiring system.
Fixed wire inspection and testing of installations is necessary as they deteriorate with age. This is due to a number of factors such as damage, wear and tear, corrosion, excessive electrical loading and environmental influences.It’s easy to take electricity for granted isn’t it? Just flick a switch and the power comes on. But electricity can also be an invisible danger that can cause shocks, severe burns and death, as well as property damage from fires and explosions. In some cases, there is no warning of the danger to come. Fortunately, with a proper schedule of inspecting and testing, you can protect your property and the people that use it.
The end report will give you a full assessment as to the condition of your electrical installation; it could even reveal:
Potential risk of fire or electric shock,
Inadequate wiring or broken sockets.
As a guideline an Electrical Installation Condition Report should be undertaken in:
Commercial premises every 5 years,
Industrial premises every 3 years,
Hotels and Restaurants annually,
Domestic properties every 10 years.
Under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, which incorporates the Management of Health and Safety at Work regulations 1992, 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 1989 requires that those in control of part, or all, of an electrical system must ensure that the system is safe to use and it is maintained in a safe condition. After all, no company would want to run the risk of bad and unsafe electrical installation which may cause serious consequences if something goes wrong due to unchecked and unsafe faulty wiring.
Until next time …If you’d like to find out more about Fixed Wire Testing for your premises, then please call me on 0330 6600264 or click here to ping over an email because the safety of you, your staff, customers and premises is a legal requirement. FTS Safety Solutions can help you comply with these inspections by carrying out a free site survey in order to give you an accurate quote. Once the testing is completed, a report is produced, which will identify each defective part – if there are any – and any recommendations for remedial works.