Fixed Wire Test frequency

Fixed Wire Test frequency
Fixed Wire Test frequency

Periodic Fixed Installation Testing (or Fixed Wire Testing) involves testing the electrical circuits and systems that distribute electricity around a building. It covers all the hard wiring in a building, whether that building is commercial, industrial or residential.  All electrical circuits in a building that are fixed, such as lighting, socket outlets, supplies to air conditioning and other fixed plant need to be tested.  You can find guidance for this testing and inspection process within BS7671 (The IEE Wiring Regulations).

Test frequency on new builds will be set by the designer responsible for the fixed wire installation. Thereafter it is specified by the test engineer in line with the following guidelines:

Maximum period 5 years between inspections and testing

  • Commercial (or change of occupancy)
  • Offices
  • Shops
  • Hospitals
  • Educational establishments
  • Restaurants and hotels
  • Public Houses

Maximum period 3 years between inspections and testing:

  • Industrial
  • Leisure complexes (excl pools)
  • Theaters
  • Agricultural & horticultural

Note that for some special installations (eg swimming pools, petrol stations, caravan parks) the recommended maximum period between inspections and testing is one year. Other regulations may apply such as Local Authority conditions/cinematography (safety) regulations, etc.

Why do I have to have electrical testing performed periodically?

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Why do I have to have electrical testing performed periodically?

The Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) produce guidance note 3 which incorporates 17th edition IET wiring regulations to BS7671. Section 3 of the guidance covers Electrical Periodic Inspection and Testing.

Periodic Inspection and testing is required because an electrical installation will deteriorate over time due to a number of factors such as; damage, wear and tear, corrosion, excessive electrical loading, ageing and environmental influences.

Guidance Note 3 states that a frequency of periodic inspections should be established, taking into account the type of electrical installation, the type of use, equipment used, the maintenance regime in use, and the environment.

Electrical Test Midlands are experts in this area and we would be happy to survey your premises, examine previous reports, review your maintenance regime and advise you on the correct frequency and scope of test to ensure your statutory compliance.

At ETM we pride ourselves on our high standards, and electrical inspection and testing is no exception to this. Every member of our team is dedicated to providing a high quality service, and ensuring you are fully compliant, no matter the size of the job.

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Due to our hard work, and being recommended by our clients regularly, we have been able to work on projects of all shapes and sizes, and across all commercial sectors too, so no electrical job phases us.

We make sure all of our equipment is state of the art, so we can offer you an efficient and comprehensive service. Always ensuring your business follows current laws and regulations, saving you any legal bother you may have faced with previously poor electrical contractors.

To make full use of our equipment, we only hire the best staff, who are not only professional but understanding too. You will experience our staff’s high standards from the moment you start the project, when we work out a plan with you on how to complete your project, meeting all of your specific needs, and with minimal disruption to your business. All the way through to completion and recommendations rather than a hard sale for more parts.

Once you meet our team, see our equipment, and impeccable health and safety record, and experience our high level of service, you will truly understand why we have earned the amount of contracts we have, and why customers keep coming back.

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The pictures shows a socket that we recently removed from a client’s critical infrastructure premises following on from a fault. The terminations were loose and as a result this caused overheating on the circuit. Fortunately the fault was identified before any serious damage was caused.
This could have quite easily led to the whole distribution board going up in flames, and who knows what the repercussions of that could have been. As well as the possible safety issues relating to this, there was some considerable downtime incurred too which had a commercial impact on the client.
So, the moral of the story is, don’t underestimate the benefits of operating a good planned maintenance and inspection programme!
Inspection and test
One good reason for carrying out electrical safety testing on your building. Loose connections found while carrying out electrical safety testing.
Loose connections could cause a fire, this fault would be classed as a C1 Fail Code -Danger Present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989-Reg 4(2) state “The need for maintenance to be done to ensure safety”. As such all commercial premises must be electrically tested and certified to ensure they can continue to be used safety.
BS7671 wiring regulations to the latest edition sets out the requirements for all electrical installations in the UK. The Institute of Engineers and Technology (IET) produce guidance notes to enlarge on the wiring regulations and set out guidance on how compliance can be achieved. Guidance Note 3 covers the Inspection & testing of Electrical Installations.
An electrical installation should be periodically inspected by a qualified electrical engineer. ETM (Electrical Test Midlands) are experts in this field and will advise any customer who may be unsure of the periodicity or scope of the Inspection & Test.

For more information on electrical testing please phone us on 01922 710014

Or use our free phone number 0800 066 3227

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One good reason for carrying out electrical safety testing on your building. Incorrect fuse wire installed wile carrying out electrical safety testing at one of our clients site.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989-Reg 4(2) state “The need for maintenance to be done to ensure safety”. As such all commercial premises must be electrically tested and certified to ensure they can continue to be used safety.

BS7671 wiring regulations to the latest edition sets out the requirements for all electrical installations in the UK. The Institute of Engineers and Technology (IET) produce guidance notes to enlarge on the wiring regulations and set out guidance on how compliance can be achieved. Guidance Note 3 covers the Inspection & testing of Electrical Installations.

An electrical installation should be periodically inspected by a qualified electrical engineer. ETM (Electrical Test Midlands) are experts in this field and will advise any customer who may be unsure of the periodicity or scope of the Inspection & Test.

For more information on electrical testing please phone us on 01922 710014

or use our free phone number 0800 066 3227

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Electrical Test Midlands Ltd have invested heavily over the last two years in mobile certification. Each of engineers currently uses the latest i pads with the latest up to date specialized compliance software. Electrical Test Midlands currently carryout over 600 domestic inspection & test reports per month for one client alone.. We can upload electrical certs straight to the client once the works have been carried out and doubled checked by our QS..All certs are kept on our free online portal to view at anytime (internet connection required)

What does electrical testing involve?

Electrical testing involves testing the electrical circuits and systems that distribute electricity around a building.

With ETM, these tests are carried out by our expert engineers and recommendations are given depending on the report findings. Should the report present the need for remedial work you will be given advice, and a cost of how much it would be for ETM to implement this.

If our staff, vast experience and state of the art equipment hasn’t already convinced you that ETM are the ones who should be completing your electrical testing, then why not add to that our impeccable health and safety record, as well as our complete range of supporting services. We are the experts, and it all it takes to find out is one phone call.

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Electrical test midlands are proud to have awarded fixed wire testing works for Optima housing. Etm was up against some large blue chip companies however Etm was awarded the contract for the their very best in health and safety compliance and proven track record with working with some of the larger and well known companies.

This contract will increase the brand Etm and will secure more employment locally

Testimonials

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fixed wire testing

Ham Baker Adams are the UK’s premier provider of mechanical services equipment to the water industry.

We strive to achieve a safe working environment for our staff, visitors, and stakeholders, and as such required an electrical contractor with the skills and competencies to aid our zero-accident objective.

After a selection process we selected ETM, and have now been working with them for over 5 years.

They have successfully managed our Fixed Wiring and Portable Appliance Testing, and also been commercially competitive when required to undertake all remedial works and installations.

All their engineers are well presented and we are so assured of their safety and business ethics, the engineers, once inducted, are able to provide unescorted services to our 7 acre site at Etruria, and also at our Head Office in Netherton.

I would, and have recommended their services to others

Jon M

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loose connections

The pictures shows a circuit breaker that we recently removed from a client’s critical infrastructure premises following on from a fault. The terminations were loose and as a result this caused overheating on the circuit. Fortunately the fault was identified before any serious damage was caused.
This could have quite easily led to the whole distribution board going up in flames, and who knows what the repercussions of that could have been. As well as the possible safety issues relating to this, there was some considerable downtime incurred too which had a commercial impact on the client.
So, the moral of the story is, don’t underestimate the benefits of operating a good planned maintenance and inspection programme!
Inspection and test
One good reason for carrying out electrical safety testing on your building. Loose connections found while carrying out electrical safety testing.
Loose connections could cause a fire, this fault would be classed as a C1 Fail Code -Danger Present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required.
The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989-Reg 4(2) state “The need for maintenance to be done to ensure safety”. As such all commercial premises must be electrically tested and certified to ensure they can continue to be used safety.
BS7671 wiring regulations to the latest edition sets out the requirements for all electrical installations in the UK. The Institute of Engineers and Technology (IET) produce guidance notes to enlarge on the wiring regulations and set out guidance on how compliance can be achieved. Guidance Note 3 covers the Inspection & testing of Electrical Installations.
An electrical installation should be periodically inspected by a qualified electrical engineer. ETM (Electrical Test Midlands) are experts in this field and will advise any customer who may be unsure of the periodicity or scope of the Inspection & Test.

For more information on electrical testing please phone us on 01922 710014

Or use our free phone number 0800 066 3227

MET should be suitably labelled

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fixed wire testing

Question:

Do I need to label a MET for an installation?

Answer:

Except where there is no possibility of confusion, such as where the MET is inside a consumer unit for example, an MET should be suitably labelled (Regulation 514.1.3). Where a label is required Regulation 514.13.1(iii) requires a durable label to BS 951 to be installed stating ‘Safety Electrical Connection – Do not remove’.

Electrical Test Midlands has fast become one of the UK’s leading Electrical testing practitioners.

Our educated engineers are dedicated to providing a safe and ethical solution to your businesses electrical inspection requirements, no matter how large or small these might be.
This much experience, and state of the art testing equipment, allows us to provide a prompt, well-priced and comprehensive service. Keeping you and your business in-line with current laws and regulations, and saving you from any legal battles ensuing as a result of prior poor testing practices.

Our professional, yet understanding engineers will do their level best to cause minimum disruption to your operation and will listen to your specific needs and requirements before creating an inspection programme around these.

When you add to our experience, our state of the art equipment and our outstanding staff to our impeccable health & safety record, and our complete range of supporting services, it’s not difficult to see why we are awarded such a large volume of prestigious contracts the length and breadth of the UK.

electrical safety testing

One good reason for carrying out electrical safety testing on your building. Loose connections found wile carrying out electrical safety testing at one of our clients site.

Loose connections could cause a fire, this fault would be classed as a C1 Fail Code -Danger Present. Risk of injury. Immediate remedial action required.

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989-Reg 4(2) state “The need for maintenance to be done to ensure safety”. As such all commercial premises must be electrically tested and certified to ensure they can continue to be used safety.

BS7671 wiring regulations to the latest edition sets out the requirements for all electrical installations in the UK. The Institute of Engineers and Technology (IET) produce guidance notes to enlarge on the wiring regulations and set out guidance on how compliance can be achieved. Guidance Note 3 covers the Inspection & testing of Electrical Installations.

An electrical installation should be periodically inspected by a qualified electrical engineer. ETM (Electrical Test Midlands) are experts in this field and will advise any customer who may be unsure of the periodicity or scope of the Inspection & Test.

For more information on electrical testing please phone us on 01922 710014

or use our free phone number 0800 066 3227
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