What is fixed wire testing and why is it so important?

12 April 2021

When it comes to the safety and security of your commercial premises, we understand that no corners should be cut. Our complete range of electrical safety and fire safety services is here for you to ensure your business and building remains fully compliant in the face of new and existing legislation.

Our electrical testing services are a vital part of our offering. With more than 25 years of experience in compliance testing, we guarantee that companies up and down the country have the insight they need to keep their employees and customers safe.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) take the inspection and reporting of fixed electrical installations particularly seriously, but what is fixed wire testing and why is it so important?


Introducing the fixed wire test

The fixed wire test is also referred to as the ‘Electrical Installation Condition Report’, and it must be conducted by qualified engineers (like us) to ensure full compliance.

When conducting fixed wire testing, our electrical safety specialists test and inspect all manner of infrastructure, including systems that you can’t see but still conduct electricity. This includes wiring hidden behind walls and within trunking, as well as the plug sockets that power the devices and machinery that are integral to your company’s day-to-day operation.


How often should fixed wire testing be completed?

Fixed wire tests aren’t known as the ‘five-year electrical test’ for nothing. Current legislation means that all commercial buildings that are open to the public must undergo a fixed wire test every five years to comply with the most up-to-date British Standards and Codes of Practice.

Your commercial premises may require fixed wire testing more often if your electrical wiring installations are ageing or alterations and additions have been made to the building. Commercial buildings that are subject to licensing or have higher levels of public access may also need to step up the frequency of fixed wire testing to remain compliant.


Why should you prioritise fixed wire testing?

Fixed wire testing is a legal requirement under BS 7671:2008 (2011) regulation (previously the 16th Edition Wiring Regulations) and should therefore be prioritised by managers and owners of all commercial premises with public access. It is also essential to upholding the health, safety and welfare of all who work and visit.

To book your five-year fixed wire test or for further information on the latest electrical safety legislation, please contact us today.


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