Over time, installations and wiring can deteriorate, which in turn can create heat or even fire. By regular testing of electrical installations and appliances the risks of injury to personnel and damage to property can be minimised.
Fixed Installation Periodic Inspection & Testing
Also known as Fixed Wire Testing, this is the rigorous testing of all electrical circuits contained within the fabric of a building or premises - socket outlets, lighting circuits etc and includes checking all fuses, circuit breakers and cables.
Recommended testing periods can be found in the current IEE Wiring Regulations BS7671. They vary from once a year to once every five years, depending on the environment and the use of the installation. As a general guide:
· Cinemas, theatres, hotels and restaurants should be tested annually
· Industrial premises should be tested at least once every 3 years
· Commercial premises and educational establishments should be tested at least once every 5 years
Portable Appliance (PAT) Testing
PAT Testing is a documented method of electrical appliance maintenance, carried out on any piece of equipment that can be disconnected from its socket and taken elsewhere - everything from computers to kettles, pneumatic drills to incubators!
Regular testing of appliances ensures businesses are complying with the Electricity at Work Regulations and ISO Quality Assurance standards and guards against the risks of injury to personnel and damage to property
Emergency Lighting Testing
By their very nature, emergency lighting systems need to be reliable! But like all electrical installations, they are vulnerable to deterioration or faults developing over time and these may cause the systems to fail. So it's essential that suitably qualified engineers test emergency lighting systems regularly.
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