Electrical Inspection And Testing Programmes
Fixed Installation Testing may also be known as:
- Electrical Installation Condition Reporting
- Periodic Inspection & Testing
- Fixed Wire Testing
- Hard Wire Testing
- Test & Inspection
- Fixed Testing
- Periodic Testing
- Electrical Testing
Fixed Installation Testing or Periodic Inspection and Testing forms an important part of any Health & Safety system. The Electricity at Work Act, 1989 states that all electrical systems and equipment used in the working environment should be in a safe condition. The Health & Safety Executive recommend that in order to comply with the regulations an electrical inspection and testing programme should be undertaken at all places of work.
In addition to these legislative requirements many other organisations such as insurance companies place an obligation on their clients to carry out periodic electrical testing.
Electrical installation condition reporting is a service offered by a number of specialised companies. It is recommended that only companies who are registered with an electrical governing body such as the NICEIC or the ECA are contracted, as these registrations offer an assurance of the quality of work that will be performed. Only suitably qualified electricians should carry out electrical testing.
The frequency at which fixed wire installation testing should be carried out is determined by the usage of a particular building. Periodic testing can cause disruption to the users in a building and for this reason is something that requires careful planning. A survey of an installation prior to the commencement of any testing will help to ensure that any workplace disruption will be kept to a minimum.