Periodical Testing

Periodical testing

Over time all electrical installations degrade because of their age and usage and need periodical testing. These installations require inspection and testing at regular intervals to make sure they are in good working order. On job completion you will be issued with an EICR (Electrical Condition Report).

Who should carry this out?

By registered electricians with experience of periodical testing. They will check the condition of the electrics against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS 7671 Requirements for Electrical Installations (IEE Wiring Regulations).

The serviceability of switches, sockets and lighting fittings. Items that may need replacing include:

  • older round-pin sockets, round light switches, cables with fabric coating hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches and sockets mounted in skirting boards.
  • The type of wiring system and its condition. For example, cables coated in black rubber were phased out in the 1960s. Likewise cables coated in lead or fabric are even older and may well need replacing (modern cables use longer-lasting pvc insulation).
  • Sockets that may be used to supply portable electrical equipment for use outdoors, making sure they are protected by a suitable residual current device (RCD).
  • The presence of adequate identification and notices. The extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration.
  • Any changes in the use of the premises that have led to, or may lead to, unsafe conditions.
  • The competent person will then issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with the present-day safety standard that might give rise to danger.
  • If anything dangerous or potentially dangerous is found, the overall condition of the electrical installation will be declared to be ‘unsatisfactory’, meaning that remedial action is required without delay to remove the risks to those in the premises.

This report should reveal the following:

  • Circuitry or equipment overloaded.
  • Potential electrical and fire hazards.
  • Identify all inadequate electrical work.
  • No earthing or bonding.

Periodical testing and inspection takes into account all the relevant circumstances and checks on:

  • The adequacy of earthing and bonding.
  • The suitability of the switchgear and control gear.
    – For example, an old fusebox with a wooden back, cast-iron switches, or a mixture of both will need replacing.

For further information on all aspects of these services, please contact us for information.

250 Rio offer periodic testing in Manchester, Altrincham, Cheshire, and throughout the UK.