Electrical Installation Condition Inspection
You may hear Electrical Installation Condition Inspection referred to as the following:
- Fixed Wire Testing
- Periodic Inspection and Testing
- Hard Wire Testing
- Test & Inspection
- Fixed Testing
- Periodic Testing
- Electrical Testing
They all amount to the same exercise, involving the testing of electrical services and systems that conduct electricity around a building. It covers all of the hard wiring in a building and includes items such as main panels, distribution boards, lighting, socket outlets, air conditioning and other fixed plant equipment.
The testing involves performing a sequence of rigorous visual inspections and electrical tests on all systems in the building.
Fixed Testing inevitably causes some disruption on the site due to the requirements for disconnecting electrical circuits at various times during the testing. For this reason careful planning and time management is a necessity. In practice, testing is often best performed outside of normal working hours.
The results and extent of fixed testing should be immediately reported to the relevant duty holder and rectified without delay. The person ordering the inspection to be carried out should receive a copy of the report following the testings. The report must include the extent of the work, limitations, details of defects, any dangerous conditions, schedules of inspections and test results.
Any dangerous conditions should be rectified or reported without delay to the relevant duty holder. Other recommendations and observations should be reported using a numbering system to indicate the severity of each observation.
The intervals between periodic inspection and testing will depend on number of considerations, including some or all of the factors indicated below, depending on the particular circumstances:
Age of the installation (it may be reasonable to expect the intervals to become progressively shorter as the installation ages).
Type of premises.
Environmental conditions (i.e. external influences).
Normal life expectancy of the installation (e.g. vandalism).
Changed usage of the premises (and the installation).
The extend of any damage, deterioration, along with general wear and tear.
Purpose of Periodic Inspection and Testing
- The main purpose of periodic inspection and testing is to detect so far as is reasonably practicable, to report on, any factors impairing the safety of an electrical installation.
- Safety of persons against the effects of electric shock and burns.
- 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.
- Identification of installation defects and departures from the requirements of BS 7671 that may give rise of danger.
The main requirements of managing electrical safety within the premises are:
- A suitable and sufficient risk assessment.
- Providing information and instruction in relation to the associated hazards of fixed mains.
- Organising a periodic inspection to be carried out by a competent contractor by the set timescales e.g. every 5 years for a commercial premises.
- Following the periodic inspection look to carry out any identified remedial actions.
- Retain a copy of the conditioning report following your testing and inspection.
Questions to Consider
- Has your insurance company been informed of the current status of your fixed mains wiring test?
- Is your conditioning report readily available?
- Has the entire fixed mains be checked or only a percentage?
- Have all remedial works been completed?
- Has the competent contractor provided details of insurance prior to works beginning in addition to risk assessments and method statements?
- Is your fuse box properly labelled and have restricted access to authorised personnel only?
The above guidance provides an introduction on the main requirements needed to adequately manage this health and safety topic. If you require further guidance, risk assessments or template documentation on this subject please consult your relevant full guidance health and safety website (BIGGA, England Golf, Scottish Golf, Wales Golf). If you do not hold the log in details for this website, for your club, please speak to your golf club management team to identify who the account administrator is and request the details.