Fixed Wire Testing

Fixed Wire Testing is a form of electrical testing which involves testing the installations that conduct electricity around a building. After a fixed wire test has been completed, an EICR (Electrical Inspection Condition Report) is issued.

What is Fixed Wire Testing?

Fixed Wire Testing keeps you and everyone who works at or visits your workplace safe.

Previously known as Periodic Testing or Periodic Inspection, Fixed Wire Testing checks the safety of your electrical systems or installations in all buildings and sites and must be conducted by a competent and suitably qualified person.

After a fixed wire inspection, you will be issued with an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). A satisfactory EICR report ensures that you are compliant with the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989.

The IET Wiring Regulations provide guidance on the required frequency of testing as well as the most up to date safety definitions.

Fixed Testing - is it a Legal Requirement?

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, which cover electrical safety testing, place responsibility on the employer to protect the health and safety of employees and visitors to the workplace. This is legally enforced by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive).

Obtaining an EICR is the best way for employers to demonstrate compliance with the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 as well as the Health & Safety at Work Act 1974.

Electrical Testing - How often is it required?

The required frequency of fixed wire testing is determined based on the installations' use, the operating environment and external influences to which it might be subjected. Guideline testing intervals for different types of organisation are set out within the latest Electrical Standards (currently BS7671:18th Edition).

Fixed wire testing in a commercial office is typically every five years whereas testing in a leisure complex is typically every three years whilst a spa or swimming pool would require annual inspection. An electrical installation exposed to a wet environment will most likely deteriorate quicker than one in a dry environment and therefore the testing is required on a more frequent basis. In addition to the stated intervals, an appropriately competent person should perform visual interim checks.

Larger companies or those with multiple sites may choose to test part of the site at a time for example, for a 5-year testing frequency, 20% could be tested each year, or 33% each year for a 3-year frequency. This can help spread the cost and minimise disruption. As long as the entire installation is tested within the required testing interval, it is ok to spread the testing in this way.

What is involved in Fixed Wire Testing?

During Fixed Wire Testing, there is a requirement for parts of the installation to be isolated for periods of time. You may wish to consider arranging for electrical testing to take place outside of core business hours so that disruption to employees, customers or guests can be kept to a minimum. Intersafe is committed to minimising disruption to your business operations, and can commit to testing during specific dates or times which are a quiet period for you, at no extra cost.

In addition, Intersafe are experienced at working within complex testing environments from sensitive cleanroom laboratories to heavy duty manufacturing plants, highly confidential defence sectors to high-end hotels and luxury spas.

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