Electrical Inspection and Testing
Also known as Periodic Inspection, which is an inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify any deficiencies against the current electrical safety standard for installations.
A periodic inspection will:
Tests are also carried out on wiring and associated fixed electrical equipment to check that it is safe. A schedule of circuits will also be provided, which is invaluable for a property.
Why is a periodic inspection needed?
Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important for the person responsible for the maintenance of the installation to be sure that the safety of users is not put at risk, and that the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition.
According to Government statistics, each year on average 10 people die and about 750 are seriously injured in accidents involving unsafe electrical installations in the home.
When is a periodic inspection needed?
It is recommended that periodic inspection and testing is carried out at least every:
Other instances when a periodic inspection should be carried out are:
We will check the electrical installation against the requirements of BS7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations ( IEE Wiring Regulations) – as amended, which is the national safety standard for electrical installations, and contains around 850 Regulations.
The period inspection will take into account all relevant circumstances including the following factors:
We will provide a periodic inspection report (PIR) as part of the periodic inspection.
What is a periodic inspection report?
A period inspection report (PIR) is a formal method of recording the findings of the periodic inspection.
The main purpose of a PIR is to report on the safety condition of an existing installation. It will describe the overall condition as either ‘satisfactory’, in which case no immediate remedial work is required, or ‘unsatisfactory’ which means remedial work is required to make the installation safe to use.
It will also include a summary of the inspection in the report, which will give a clear indication of the condition of the electrical installation, taking into account all relevant circumstances.
What happens after a periodic Inspection?
That is up to you, however, any recommendations regarding the safety on the installation should be carried out immediately.