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Fixed Wire Testing and Inspection

Fixed Wire/Periodic Inspection Legal Requirements

Fixed wiring Electrical Testing or otherwise commonly know as Periodic Inspection/Testing is an important and is legally required by the Electricity At Work Regulations Act 1989 and Health And Safety At Work Act 1974 and is to be inline with the 17th Edition Wiring Regulations (including amendments) BS7671.  Compliance with these provides you with a safe electrical system in your premises/building and thereby satisfying the legal requirement upon you.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

Testing Intervals

 What is Fixed Testing

Who Is Responsible?

The frequency of tests of periodic inspection and testing must be determined taking into account :

1) Type of Installation

2) Its use and operation

3) The frequency of quality   maintenance

4) The external influences to which it is subjected

The below gives guidance as recommended by BS7671 on the maximum period between inspections and testing.



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Fixed installation testing may also be known as :

Electrical installation condition reporting

Periodic inspection and testing

Fixed testing

Test and inspection

Fixed wire installation testing

Fixed wire installation testing involves the testing of electrical services and services that conduct electricity around a building. It covers all of the hard wiring in a building and includes items such as main panels, distribution boards, lighting, socket outlets, air conditioning and other fixed plant.

Fixed wire installation testing involves performing a sequence of rigorous visual inspections and electrical tests on all systems in the building.


Employers are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of both their employees and members of the public on-site and to ensure that they are not at risk from their work activities

Regulation 3 of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 recognises a responsibility that employers and many employees have for electrical systems.

"It shall be the duty of every employer and self employed person to comply with the provisions of the Regulations in as far as they relate to matters which are within his control"

It shall be the duty of every employee while at work  :

a) to co-operate with his employer so far as is necessary to enable and duty placed on that employer by the provision of the Regulations to be complied with: and

b)to comply with the provision of these regulations in so far as they relate to matters which are within his control.

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