Electrical Installation Condition Report

A Periodic Inspection & Test is an inspection of the condition of an existing electrical installation, the purpose being to identify any deficiencies against the national safety standard for electrical installations BS7671, 17th edition. A periodic inspection will reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded, will find any potential electrical shock risks, and any fire hazards in your electrical installation. It will also identify any defective DIY electrical work, and highlight any lack of earthing or bonding. Tests are also carried out on wiring and associated fixed electrical equipment to check that it is safe.

Upon completion of the periodic inspection and testing of an existing installation, an Electrical Installation Condition Report, based on the model given in Appendix 6 of BS7671, shall be provided. Such documentation shall include details of the extent of the inst

Compliance with BS7671 is also likely to achieve compliance HSE electricity at work regulations 1989.

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.

It is recommended that periodic inspection and testing is typically carried out at least every:

  • 10 years for a domestic installation
  • 5 years for a commercial installation
  • 3 years for caravans
  • 1 year for swimming pools
  • When a property is being prepared to be let/change of occupant
  • Prior to buying or selling a property
  • This is only a brief sample of the examples on table 3.2 in guidance Note 3 of BS7671.

We have undertaken periodic inspections on a wide range of properties over the years from domestic houses through to larger installations such as the HMRC HQ Building Alexandra house in Southend-on- sea .

We use Amtech FastTest to produce our certificates it is the most advanced test & Inspection software available - no other package has the range of features, helpful wizards and number of reports available. These reports are sent out in hard paper copies or by pdf file on email.

Customers can have secure online access to their reports online along with records of remedial works and the progress of any remedial works projects, this is particularly usefully to busy facility managers looking after multiple sites and the online reports can be tailored to your particular requirements.

 

PAT Testing

Pat testing or portable appliance testing is an important part of any health & safety policy. This site is intended as a guide to both the legal implications and to the technical requirements.

The Health & Safety Executive states that 25% of all reportable electrical accidents involve portable appliances. The Electricity at Work Regulations place a legal responsibility on employers, employees and self-employed persons to comply with the provisions of the regulations and take reasonably practicable steps to ensure that no danger results from the use of such equipment. This in effect requires the implementation of a systematic and regular program of maintenance, inspection and
testing. The Health & Safety at Work Act (1974) places such an obligation in the following circumstances:

  1. Where appliances are used by employees.
  2. Where the public may use appliances in establishments such as hospitals, schools, hotels, shops etc.
  3. Where appliances are supplied or hired.
  4. Where appliances are repaired or serviced.


The level of inspection and testing required is dependant upon the risk of the appliance becoming faulty, which is in turn dependant upon the type of appliance, the nature of its use and the environment in which it is used. The Institution of Electrical Engineers publish the "Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment". This guide forms the basis for our
portable appliance testing procedures.