Inspection & testing

Assessing electrical safety, certification and EICRs.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 require any electrical system to be constructed, maintained and used in such a manner as to prevent danger. This means that inspection and testing of systems, including portable appliances, is needed in order to determine if maintenance is required. Positive Services undertake several different forms of inspection & testing:

Commonly known as PAT testing, In-Service Inspection & Testing of Electrical Equipment is carried out to ensure that electrical equipment is suitably maintained for continued safe operation. All electrical equipment in an installation, whether permanently connected or connected by a plug and socket outlet, should be inspected and tested in accordance with the recommendations in the IEE Code of Practice (5th Edition).

Inspection and Testing of Electrical Installation Works is a requirement of BS7671 (IEE Wiring Regulations - 18th Edition). Every installation shall, during erection and on completion before being put into service, be inspected and tested to verify, so far as is reasonably practicable, that the requirements of the Regulations have been met. The results of these inspections and tests are recorded and presented in the form of a either a Minor Works Certificate (MW) or Electrical Installation Certificate (EIC), and may be submitted to local building control to conform with Part P of the Building Regulations.

Periodic Inspection & Testing should be carried out in order to determine whether the installation is in a satisfactory condition for continued service. The aim of the inspection and testing process is to provide for:
- The safety of persons and livestock against the effects of electric shock and burns in accordance with relevant regulations.
- Protection against damage to property by fire and heat arising from an installation defect.
- Confirmation that the installation is not damaged or deteriorated so as to impair safety.
- The identification of installation defects and non-compliance with the requirements of the regulations which may give rise to danger.

All electrical installations deteriorate due to factors such as damage, wear and tear, corrosion, excessive electrical loading, ageing and environmental influences. Consequently, licensing authorities, public bodies, insurance companies, mortgage lenders, landlords and others may require periodic inspection and testing of electrical installations.

Landlords should be aware that the Electrical Safety Standards in the Private Rented Sector (England) Regulations 2020 came into effect on 1st June 2020. This has placed an increased responsibility upon them to ensure that installations are maintained to required standards and that they are inspected and certified as electrically safe using an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR). Government guidelines for landlords and tenants can be found here

For any electrical inspection or testing requirement, please call for further information, or to discuss your requirements without any cost or obligation.