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.
Fixed installation testing may also be known as :
Electrical installation condition reporting
Periodic inspection and 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.