Periodic testing and Inspection

Please see the legal responsibilities with regards to this along with our list of frequencies for the different types of installations:

Legal Requirements

The law requires that all business owners, their directors, managers and employees comply with "The Electricity at Work Regulations".

The law simply requires that all electrical systems must be maintained to be safe at all times.

No system or part of it may give rise to danger during either normal operation or under fault conditions.

Regulation 4(2) "All systems to be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, danger". "System" means the wiring of an electrical installation and everything connected to it.

Regulation (29) states: "It shall be a defence for any person to prove that he took all reasonable steps and exercised all due diligence to avoid the commission of that offence"

Test reports, together with other preventative maintenance documentation will form the basis of this proof and will provide your best defence against prosecution should the need arise.

Duty holders are responsible for setting up adequate maintenance programmes and must assess the needs and frequency requirement of testing, maintaining and monitoring electrical systems and equipment. Generally, the following test intervals may be applied for guidance purposes: -

Periodic Testing and Inspection Requirements.

Type of Installation

Routine check

Maximum period between inspections and testing as necessary

General installation

Domestic

N/A

change of occupancy/10 years

Commercial

1 year

change of occupancy/5 years

Educational establishments

6 months

5 years

Hospitals

1 year

5 years

Industrial

1 year

3 years

Residential accommodation

at change of occupancy/ 1 year

5 years

Offices

1 year

5 years

Shops

1 year

5 years

Laboratories

1 year

5 years

 

Buildings open to the public

Cinemas

1 year

1-3 years

Church installations

1 year

5 years

Leisure complexes

4 months

3 years

Places of public entertainment

1 year

5 years

Restaurants and hotels

1 year

5 years

Theatres

1 year

3 years

Public houses

1 year

5 years

Village halls/Community centres

1 year

5 years

 

External installations

Agricultural and horticultural

1 year

3 years

Swimming pools

4 months

1 year

Caravan parks

6 months

1 year

Highway power supplies

as convenient

6 years

Marinas

4 months

1 year

Fish farms

4 months

1 year

Emergency lighting

daily/monthly

3 years

Fire alarms

daily/weekly/monthly

1 year

Laundrettes

1 month

1 year

Petrol filling stations

1 year

1 year

Construction sites

3 months

3 months