What are the legal requirements for Fixed Wire Testing?
Fixed Wire Testing is a legal requirement. We are frequently asked about the legislation that covers this type of electrical testing. The laws are as follows:
But how often should Fixed Wire Testing be carried out?
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. The regulations state that an industrial environment with machinery requires testing every 3 years. Whereas, if the site is a low risk environment, such as an office, then testing should be carried out every 5 years.
I've just been given my testing report, what does C1, C2 and C3 mean?
These are codes that you will see on your testing report which determine the action that should be taken going forward. C1 means 'immediate action' is required due to a dangerous fault. C2 means that a fault could be potentially dangerous in the future if left. In simple terms, C3 means 'improvement required' on site. Find out more in out popular news article 'Fixed Wire Testing Observation Codes Explained'.
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!
Intersafe specialise in Fixed Wire Testing, Portable Appliance Testing and Thermal Imaging, if you have any questions or simply would like to book a free of charge site survey, email firstname.lastname@example.org