FTS Safety Solutions are able to offer this service in association with a company who specialise in Fixed Wire Testing. They are very competitive, flexible to your business needs and who are highly skilled in the field. Electrical Inspection and Testing is an integral part of a comprehensive safety programme (both Fixed Wire and PAT Testing). We will enable you to get on with your business whilst ensuring your electrical safety procedures are adhered to.
Fixed Wire Testing, which is also referred to as Electrical Installation Condition Survey, is the examination and testing of the circuits contained within the fabric of a client’s building. This includes the socket outlets, lighting circuits and various other circuits.
If you’re concerned about electrical safety at your place of work, are in need of advice or require a quotation for Fixed Wire Testing, then don’t hesitate to contact us.
Does my company need a Fixed Wire Test?
In a word – yes, the two main dangers associated with electricity are the risk of shock and the possibility of fire. Over a period of time those risks are increased because installations deteriorate and it is in the best interests of not only yourself and your employees, but also your insurance company, that you have an installation that is not only electrically sound but also free from the risk of fire.
Who is responsible and what could happen if we don’t do it?
Realistically, everybody has a duty to ensure the safety of others whilst at work; however, the Duty Holder will have ultimate responsibility for electrical safety. If nobody at your place of work is clear on who that is, then the responsibility falls on the most senior person. It is important to know who has the responsibility for safety and welfare of staff in order to establish that compliance is achieved. There are many reasons not to do periodic electrical test and inspection such as cost, inconvenience or lack of knowledge. However none of these reasons will be accepted as a defence in the event that an accident or fire occurs. Aside from the threat of prosecution in the event of injury or death, surely the safety of your colleagues, employees, visitors or belongings are reason enough to test and inspect electrical systems at work.
How often should Fixed Wire Testing take place?
As with PAT Testing the time period between tests very much depends on the workplace environment and use of the installation. Some areas, such as cinemas, are recommended to be tested annually whereas an office space, which is considered low risk, may only need to be tested every five years.
As a guide some sample Fixed Wire Testing periods are shown in the table below:
Fixed Wire Testing Period
Hotels and Restaurants
Cinemas and Theatres
Change of Occupancy / Yearly
How is Fixed Wire Testing Priced?
FTS Safety Solutions base our Fixed Wire Testing costs on a per circuit basis, this ensures that unlike various other methods a client will only pay for the circuits we find and test. This ensures our clients benefit from some of the UK’s most competitive prices in the market today.
How much does it cost?
The cost very much depends on the installation. If everything has been well maintained you receive a lower, more cost effective price than if no maintenance has been carried out for a number of years. For more details or a quote please don’t hesitate to contact.
What kind of tests are carried out?
Fixed Wire Testing as carried out by FTS Safety Solutions is very involved but basically we check that all fuses and cables are the correct size. We check that the installation meets all the requirements of BS7671 and that, in the event of a potential fault, all circuit protective conductors and/or devices will perform correctly to ensure the safety of any persons within the installation.
Your FTS Safety Solutions engineer will perform a check of all circuits including: –
- Characteristics of supply at the origin of the installation.
- Visual inspection.
- Continuity of Protective Conductors.
- Ring Circuit Continuity.
- Insulation Resistance test.
- Polarity check.
- Earth fault loop impedance test.
- Prospective short circuit currents.
- Operation of residual current devices
- Functional testing of assemblies.
- Full testing of all static appliances.
Is there any disruption to the workplace during Fixed Wire Testing?
Unlike PAT Testing, Fixed Wire Testing requires a series of visual inspections and electronic tests to be performed to establish the safety and suitability of your electrical system. If performed correctly, you can expect that each electrical circuit within your workplace will have to be shut-down for a period of 15-20 minutes whilst our engineer sends test signals into the cables and protective devices to ensure their integrity and carries out a thorough visual inspection of the installation.
This type of work will require the main supply to be isolated and with careful planning can be done with little disruption to your business. Alternatively, this work can be carried out whilst your workplace is empty or out of hours.
What happens after the testing is finished?
When all the testing is completed you will receive a full report on the condition of your installation which will detail the following: –
- Installation details and characteristics
- Circuit information and test results
- Schedule of items tested and inspected
- A list of defects or deviations from the British Standard (which will require attention)
To book your Fixed Wire Test call 0330 6600264 or email us on [email protected]