Electrical installations, like all infrastructure components, deteriorate and sustain damage in everyday service. Conduits, cabling, seals, sockets and switches are all susceptible to impact damage and wear and tear. Wiring can be disturbed and contacts become loose due to unexpected mechanical strains.
Depending on the environment in which you work, corrosive liquids or atmospheric conditions can accelerate the deterioration of both conductors and insulators, or cause wiring to oxidise faster than normal. To minimise risks and ensure your wiring complies with all relevant regulations and obligations, Fusion Electrical provides comprehensive Fixed Wire Testing to IEE Wiring Regulations 17th Edition.
What the regulations say:
All commercial electrical installations should be inspected and tested regularly to comply with current legislation, and you must take proper precautions to reduce the risk of electrical failure causing injury or death. Since July 2008, IEE Regulations 2008 -17th Edition, have brought testing into line with European standards.
All our testing engineers have all attained qualifications to the new standard. In addition to meeting these regulations, you may need to test in order to comply with the requirements of landlords, insurers or, for example, licensing authorities.
How Often Should My Premises Be Tested?
Under BS7671:2008, the frequency of inspections must be determined taking into account several circumstances. Our recommendations of initial frequencies are as below:
|Type of installation||Routine Checks||Maximum period between inspection and testing|
|Domestic||Change of Occupancy/ 10 years|
|Commercial||1 Year||Change of Occupancy/ 5 Years|
|Educational||4 Months||5 Years|
|Hospitals||1 Year||5 Years|
|Industrial||1 Year||3 Years|
|Offices||1 Year||5 Years|
|Residential Accommodation||Change of Occupancy/ 1Year||5 Years|
|Buildings Open to the Public|
|Cinemas||1 Year||1 to 3 Years|
|Church Installations||1 Year||5 Years|
|Leisure Complexes (excluding Swimming pools)||1 Year||3 Years|
|Restaurants and Hotels||1 Year||5 Years|
|Public Houses||1 Year||5 Years|
|Village Halls/ Community Centres||1 Year||5 Years|
|Agricultural and Horticultural||1 Year||3 Years|
|Caravans||1 Year||3 Years|
|Caravan Parks||6 Months||1 Year|
|Swimming Pools||4 Months||1 Year|
|Petrol Filling Stations||1 Year||1 Year|
|Construction Sites||3 Months||3 Months|
If you are concerned about the safety of the supply installation in your workplace and need professional advice, or would like a quotation for contract testing and certification of your installation, please contact us