What are the legal requirements for Fixed Wire Testing?
There are so many laws that state electrical testing has to be done. The long and short if it is that Fixed Wire testing is a legal requirement. We are frequently asked by our clients the laws regarding electrical inspection and testing. The laws covering this are as follows:
The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 - Requires employers and employees to ensure the health and safety of all in the work premises (including visitors, contractors and the general public, where applicable).
The Management of Health and Safety Work Regulations 1999 - Putting the onus on the employer to perform adequate risk assessments to ensure the lowest level of danger for employees and ensure the safety of the workplace as far as is possible.
The Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 - Requiring the employer to ensure the safety of any equipment used by employers (including fixed, portable and transportable equipment) that relies on an electrical energy source.)
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 - Defining what constitutes electrical equipment and the maintenance and safety requirements of safe use of electricity in the workplace.
British Standard BS 7671: 2015 Amendment 3 (IET Wiring Regulations) - BS 7671 (the IET Wiring Regulations) sets the standards for electrical installation in the UK and many other countries. The IET co-publishes the Regulations with the British Standards Institution (BSI) and is the authority on electrical installation.
But how often do I need to get my Fixed Wire testing done?
As a rule of thumb, it's either 3 or 5 years. Sometimes it can be more often depending on the environment of your site. We tell all our clients that if your site is industrial with machinery then it should be every 3 years. Alternatively, if the site is more standard and isn't so much of a risk in terms of electricity then it should be tested every 5 years.
I've just been given my testing report, what do C1, C2 and C3s mean?
These are a ranking that are given to how dangerous your failed items are. Ranging from C1 that requires 'immediate action' for a dangerous fault. C2 means that a fault could be potentially be dangerous in the future if left. In simple terms, C3 means 'improvement required' on site.
And finally, the funny question …
Will you test my microwave?
Yes of course, if it's got a plug on the end of it, we'll test it!