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Inspection & Testing

Electrical Inspection & Testing

A Periodic Inspection is an inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify (in order of priority) any deficiencies against the national safety standard for electrical installations.

Why is a periodic inspection needed?

Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important for the person responsible for the maintenance of the installation to be sure that the safety of users is not put at risk, and that the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition.

What is a periodic inspection report?

A period inspection report (PIR) is a formal method of recording the findings of the periodic inspection.

The main purpose of a PIR is to report on the safety condition of an existing installation. It should describe the overall condition as either 'satisfactory', in which case no immediate remedial work is required, or 'unsatisfactory' which means remedial work is required to make the installation safe to use.

Where a PIR describes the installation as 'unsatisfactory', the next thing to look at is 'Observations and Recommendations for Actions to be Taken'. This is where any departures from BS 7671 are recorded, and a code to indicate the urgency of the action needed is given.  These codes are ranged from 1- 4; with1 being the most serious.

This can be provided in paper format, PDF format and on CD.

When is a periodic inspection needed?

It is recommended that periodic inspection and testing is carried out at least every:

What happens during a periodic inspection?

We check the electrical installation against the requirements of BS 7671 - Requirements for Electrical Installations ( IEE Wiring Regulations ) - as amended, which is the national safety standard for electrical installations.

The periodic inspection will take into account all relevant circumstances including the following factors:

We provide a periodic inspection report (PIR) as part of the periodic inspection.