Fixed Wire Testing
Here at YOUR Office we pride ourselves on being able to ensure you provide a safe environment for all your staff and/or visitors.
That is why we offer a comprehensive Fixed Wire Testing service to enable you to do just that.
- ‘Out of Hours’ testing (to fit in with your timetable)
- Our engineers will NEVER leave your site with a dangerous fault still posing a threat
- All ‘Unsatisfactory’ reports will be accompanied with a REMEDIAL QUOTATION outlining the faults
- All REMEDIAL WORK will be documented and a ‘Minor Works Certificate’ will be issued to work alongside the original report
Plus there’s the additional bonus of not having to remember when your testing is due in the future as we will remind you in plenty of time.
Remove the hassle and worry of electrical safety by allowing us to take care of YOUR business.
For much more information about Fixed Wire Testing in general, we have put together some FAQs – these help answer many of the “Who, What, When, Where and How” questions you may have, particularly around the Law.
Don’t forget that we are always delighted to hear from you, so if you have any further questions or if you would like YOUR Office UK to give you a bespoke quote for our Fixed Wire Testing services then please get in touch.
Fixed Wire Testing FAQs
What is Fixed Wire Testing?
Fixed wire testing is otherwise known as a Periodic Inspection Report (PIR) or Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).
Fixed Wire Testing involves performing a sequence of visual inspections and electrical tests on all systems in the building to ensure they are safe and free from deterioration.
It covers all of the hard wiring in a building and includes items such as main panels, distribution boards, lighting, socket outlets, air conditioning and other fixed plant.
Why does my electric wiring need to be tested?
All electrical systems deteriorate due to a number of factors which can include wear & tear, overloading or environmental factors etc.
The purpose of the test and report is to ensure that an electrical system is in a satisfactory condition and safe for use. This is a legal requirement as required by the Electricity at Work Act 1989 which states:
- “All systems shall at all times be of such construction as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger.”
- “As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as reasonably practicable, such danger.”
- “‘System’ means an electrical system in which all the electrical equipment is, or may be, electrically connected to a common source of electrical energy and includes such source and such equipment”
- “‘Electrical Equipment’ includes anything used, intended to be used or installed for use, to generate, provide, transmit, transform, rectify, convert, conduct, distribute, control, store, measure or use electrical energy.”
Do my business premises need a Fixed Wire Test?
The main dangers associated with electricity are the risk of electric shock and the possibility of fire. If your wiring is dangerous then it poses great risks to employees and anyone visiting the premises. Also your insurance company may cover you on the basis that all electrical installations are satisfactory so if this is not the case then your policy could be invalid.
Whose responsibility is it to ensure Fixed Wire Testing is carried out?
Employers are responsible for ensuring the health and safety of both their employees and members of the public on site and to ensure that they are not at risk from their work activities.
Regulation 3 of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 recognises a responsibility (control) that employers and many employees have for electrical systems.
“It shall be the duty of every employer and self-employed person to comply with the provisions of these Regulations in so far as they relate to matters which are within their control.”
It shall be the duty of every employee while at work:
- to co-operate with his employer so far as is necessary to enable and duty placed on that employer by the provision of the Regulations to be complied with: and
- to comply with the provision of these regulations in so far as they relate to matters which are within his control.
Will testing cause any disruption to the business?
During the testing process we will need to temporarily disconnect the power to each individual circuit for approximately 15 to 20 minutes. This allows the engineer to test the circuit and thoroughly check the condition. Our engineers are fully qualified and we will work with businesses on an individual basis to ensure minimum disruptions and down time. If downtime is not an option we are able to complete the works at a time that is convenient for you and your business.
How long does Fixed Wire Testing usually take?
This completely depends on the number of electrical circuits, access and location of the distribution boards etc.
How often does my wiring need to be tested?
For the majority of commercial premises Fixed Wire Testing is required at a maximum interval of five years with a routine check being carried out annually. This does vary depending on the type of installation so it’s best to contact us so that we can discuss your individual requirements.
What if the engineer finds faults during the testing process?
Should our electrician find a fault during testing, they will record this in accordance with the 1st Amendment to 17th Edition wiring regulations, and we can also provide a quotation for any remedial works that may be required to fix the problem and make it safe.
How much does Fixed Wire Testing Cost?
Fixed Wire Testing costs will vary depending on factors including; Number of circuits, location and access etc. Please contact us so that we can provide you with an accurate quotation.
Will I receive a report after testing is carried out?
Once we have carried out testing you will be issued with an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) which will detail all of the results. If any faults are found they will also be shown in the report.