Inspection & Testing

 

Purpose of periodic inspection and testing
The purpose of periodic inspection and testing is to provide, so far as is reasonably practicable, for:

(i) the safety of persons and livestock against the effects of electric shock and burns in accordance with the general requirements.

(iI) protection against damage to property by fire and heat arising from an installation defect, and

(iii) confirmation that the installation is not damaged or deteriorated so as to impair safety, and

(iv) the identification of installation defects and non-compliance with the requirements of the Regulations which may give rise to danger.

It is recommended by the Institute of Electrical Engineers, that buildings over five years old are subjected to a periodic inspection, and as a minimum should continue to be inspected and tested every five years; a report of inspection should be issued, together with test results and any recommendations.

Guidance On Initial Frequencies of Inspection of Electrical Installations

Type of installation

 

 

Maximum period between inspections and testing as necessary

General installation
Domestic
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Change of occupancy / 10 years
Commercial
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Change of occupancy / 5 years
Educational establishments
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5 years
Hospitals
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5 years
Industrial
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3 years
Rental accommodation
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3 years
Residential accommodation
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5 years
Offices
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5 years
Shops
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5 years
Laboratories
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5 years
     
Buildings open to the public
Cinemas
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3 years
Church installations
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5 years
Leisure complexes (excluding swimming pools)
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3 years
Places of public entertainment
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3 years
Restaurants and hotels
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5 years
Theatres
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3 years
Public houses
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5 years
Village halls / Community centres
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5 years
     
Special installations
Agricultural and horticultural
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3 years
Caravans
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3 years
Caravan Parks
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1 year
Highway power supplies
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6 years
Marinas
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1 year
Fish Farms
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1 year
Swimming Pools
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1 year
Emergency lighting
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3 years
Fire alarms
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1 year
Launderettes
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1 year
Petrol filling stations
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1 year
Construction site installations

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3 months

Scope of Works
When entering into an agreement for electrical inspection and testing of a building under your control it is a fundamental requirement that the extent and limitations of the inspection and testing are fully described.  It is recommended that the following be agreed prior to beginning the work, and we can assist you in determining your exact requirements for inspection and testing.

As it is neither practical nor possible to inspect all parts of an installation, we will agree a sampling process.  This is normally in the order of 10% - 20% of all accessories, fittings and control equipment.

For much of the testing the electrical system will be switched off.  If this is a problem we can arrange the work at times when this is more convenient.

We will agree before commencing the work the amount of down time that can be tolerated and arrange a provisional program for switching off totally, and individual areas or distribution boards if required. 

Reports
On completion of the Inspection and Test a report will be provided, detailing the condition of the installation, results of all tests carried out, a list of any faults, and recommendations and a conclusion as to relative safety of the installation.

Cost of Works
This will be largely based around the extent of the work as described above, and as such we cannot quote fixed prices for such variable possibilities.  But to give you some idea of costs we would aim to complete a full Periodic Inspection, Test, and Certification of an average domestic dwellings as follows.

 

Periodic Electrical Inspections to BS7671 : 2008
     
Studio flats:   £100.00
1 - Bedroom premises:   £110.00
2 - Bedroom premises:   £120.00
3 - Bedroom premises:   £130.00
4 - Bedroom premises:   £140.00
     
Additional circuits (i.e. Garage's or Shed's) £10.00 per extra circuit 
     
Commercial and Industrial £CALL
     
Revised - 20/10/08

Please Note :
Our prices include an allowance for travelling and parking.  However, they may be subject to a travel supplement if premises are more than 25 miles from our Southampton office; Similarly, areas with high parking costs, for example City Centre and Airports, parking fees will be charged at cost.

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