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Periodic Inspection and Testing – How Often Is Enough?

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periodic inspection and testing – how often is enough?

Ensuring your business is up to safety standards is the responsibility of every employer. Your electrical appliances, installations and emergency systems need periodic testing and inspection to keep employees safe and your business compliant.

But how often is often enough? Read on as we take a closer look.

What is periodic inspection and testing?

In business, it is essential that employees and equipment are protected from hazards in the workplace. This can be done by making sure equipment is tested periodically and is fit for use. Electrical installations, for example, need to be frequently inspected and serviced for your business to stay compliant with industry standards.

These checks need to be carried out by a competent, fully qualified technician, with knowledge of the risks and dangers and trained to a high standard.

How often is it required?

Inspection and testing are not held to a set time. However, they must be carried out periodically to ensure that health and safety measures are followed, and equipment works properly.

To know if your systems need an inspection, consider the following:

  • Risks and hazard levels in the environment
  • Contractor recommendations
  • Frequency of equipment use
  • Building type
  • Advice from The Health and Safety Executive (HSE)

Electrical equipment

Portable appliance testing (PAT) covers all portable electrical equipment to make sure it is safe to use and stays compliant. The Electricity at Work Regulations (1989) don’t require PAT testing as a legal requirement but recommend regular testing to ensure safety for employees and employers. For example, a kettle should be tested every 2 years but larger appliances can have a longer time between PAT testing (4 years).

Emergency lighting

Anything with emergency in the title should be in constant, full working order. Needed when other systems fail, it is a legal requirement that emergency lighting is tested and maintained regularly.

UK businesses are required to test emergency lighting at least once a year. It is a good idea however, to test more than this and many businesses choose to have monthly emergency lighting tests.

Fixed wire testing

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) assesses and classifies your electrics into 3 risk level categories – C1 being the most serious to c3, suggesting improvements are needed. A qualified, competent contractor will recommend the duration in between inspections based on the type of installation, frequency of use, surrounding environment and other factors.

Fire alarms

There is a lot more to testing a fire alarm, than pressing the button for a sound test. There needs to be a full inspection of the fire alarm panel, smoke detectors, sirens and alarms – all within BS 5839 safety standards.

It is a good habit for tests to be carried out twice a year, to make sure that all system components are in full working order and ready when needed.

Stay compliant with Volta

Periodic inspection and testing is incredibly important to keep your business safe – and provide documentation that shows you’re doing so.

Volta Compliance has a wealth of experience in installations and equipment and can help you with periodic electrical inspections. Get a bespoke quote based on your requirements by calling our team on 0113 397 1361 or emailing [email protected]

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Richard Carr Volta Compliance
Richard Carr
Managing Director
Richard is the Director of Volta Compliance. He is a fully qualified approved electrician graded with the JIB. Richard has over 20 years electrical experience working on commercial and industrial installations.