Electrical testing: what to expect in 2020

21 January 2020

Electrical safety laws are always updating and changing and might be quite confusing to follow. Even though updated laws such as the 1989 Electricity at Work Regulations have tried to simplify these laws to make them more accessible and easier to follow, you wouldn’t be blamed for being baffled by the information.

Mandatory electrical safety regulations could also be set to change following the UK’s leave from the European Union, and understanding these potential changes is vital to continuing to run your business safely and effectively.

If you’re a business owner or a landlord, it’s important to stay up to date on electrical testing legislation to ensure you stay on the right side of the law.

Here’s what you can expect in the world of electrical testing in 2020.


With the UK leaving the European Union in 2020, businesses might need to familiarise themselves with news laws and regulations relating to electrical safety.

With charities such as the Electrical Safety First (ESF) concerned that UK standards could slip after its leave the EU, the government is set on maintaining a high standard to ensure the safety of workers, consumers and the general public.

This issue is particularly connected to imported electrical goods from outside of the UK, that the ESF want to ensure with more rigorous customs controls that these goods are fit for purpose. Businesses that require portable appliances should ensure they take greater responsibility with the purchase of these goods for work use.

Fire safety

The government is set to introduce a new fire safety legislation this year in accordance with the 2005 Regulatory Reform Order. Parliament is due to release more information on the updates.

Alongside appointing a ‘Responsible Person’ to ensure certain duties are carried out, whether that’s a manager or onside supervisor, your fire safety regulations need to comply with the following:

  • Be reviewed at least annually or as regularly as necessary
  • Be properly documented to keep track of fixed and portable electrical appliance standards
  • Action should be undertaken if any risks appear

For more information on fire safety regulations, click here

For landlords

The big news in electrical safety in 2020 mainly concerns landlords and their obligations to inspect the electrical installations in all private homes.

Landlords are now legally obliged to ensure that all properties under their domain are electrically inspected once every five years. This includes all of the fixed wire installations in the property, and needs to be undertaken by a professional electrical engineer.

Landlords should also be responsible for recording and reporting the data to local housing authorities, and provide these details to any tenants occupying the house.

Wrapping up

It’s important if you’re a landlord, business or homeowner to keep up to date with any new mandatory legislation that is passed through parliament to maintain safety and comply with legal standards.

Our specialist engineers are always up to date with legal requirements for your convenience. To book electrical and fire safety tests with us at Electrical Testers, get in touch with us today.





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