Periodic Testing

Periodic Testing

What is Periodic Testing? (Electrical Installation Condition Reports)

Periodic testing, also referred to as fixed or hard wire testing, is a statutory requirement involving professional testing of the electrical systems, circuits and any service carrying electricity around the building.

Do we need it?

Yes – all electrical installations deteriorate with age and use, therefore it is imperative to ensure the safety of users and/or equipment to reduce the risk of personal injury, death or fire.

The Electricity at Work regulations (EAWR 1989) state that you must take adequate precautions to ensure the safety of the installation.

Faulty electrical installations present a real danger with over 3000 accidents or incidents reported to the HSE each year. Also, insurance companies can request that the installation has been recently adequately inspected before assuming cover for a building.

For guidance on EAWR 1989, click here.

How often should it be done?

This is dependent on the type of establishment – please see the table below. If you are unsure of the frequency required for your premises, please contact us using our easy contact form on the right of this page.

Type of Installation

Routine Check

Maximum Period between inspections and testing as necessary

Reference (see notes below)

Educational establishments
4 months
5 years
1,2
Places of public entertainment
1 year
5 years
1,2,6
Restaurants and hotels
1 year
5 year
1,2,6
Theatres
1 year
3 year
2,6,7
Public houses
1 year
5 years
1,2,6
Village halls/Community centres
1 year
5 years
1,2
Marinas
4 months
1 year
1,2
Fish farms
4 months
1 year
1,2
Laundrettes
1 year
1 year
1,2,6
Petrol filling stations
1 year
1 year
1,2,6
Shops
1 year
5 years
1,2
Cinemas
4 months
1 year
2,6,7
Offices
1 year
5 years
1,2
Church installations
1 year
5 years (quinquenially)
2
Domestic: Houses / Flats
N/A
change of occupancy / 5 years
N/A
Industrial
1 year
3 years
1,2
Laboratories
1 year
5 years
1,2
Hospitals
1 year
5 years
1,2
Agricultural and horticultural
1 year
3 years
1,2
Highway power supplies
as convenient
6 years
N/A
Construction site installations
3 months
3 months
1,2
Leisure complexes
4 months
1 year
1,2,6
Caravans
1 year
3 years
N/A
Caravan parks
6 months
1 year
1,2,6
Emergency lighting
daily/monthly
3 years
2,3,4
Fire alarms
daily/weekly/monthly
1 year
2,4,5

Reference Key

1. Particular attention must be taken to comply with S1 1988 No 1057. The Electricity Supply Regulations 1988.
2. S1 1988 N0 635 The Electricity at Work Regulations.
3. See BS5266: Part : 1988 Code of practice for the emergency lighting.
4. Other intervals are recommended for testing operation of batteries and generators.
5. See BS 5839: Part 1: 1988 Code of practice for system design installation and servicing.
6. Local Authority Conditions of Licence.
7. S1 1995 No 1129 (Clause 27) The Cinematography (Safety) Regulations

How do I choose a reputable tester?

When you require a Periodic Test, you need to be confident that the electrician you hire is fully qualified to carry out the work, and is not going to fabricate problems or issues in order to profit from rectifying them.

Always check the Accreditations of your tester to ensure they are properly certified to perform the test. Electricians registered with NICEIC are assessed on a regular basis, and their work is checked against the IET Wiring Regulations BS 7671, while NAPIT are Government-approved register holders for those carrying out electrical installation and equipment testing. For a full list of Selectatest Accreditations click here.

It is also important to consider the impartiality of the tester. Testing and repairs are not the same service, and an electrician who offers both may be chasing remedial work. Here at Selectatest, we remain unbiased by sticking to the testing, and have nothing to gain from falsifying repairs work (although we can recommend local electricians to you should we find a fault during the testing).

Periodic Testing by Selectatest

All periodic testing carried out by Selectatest adheres to the latest version of BS7671, and all of our electricians are qualified to City and Guilds 2391 as a minimum (copies of their certificates can be made available upon request).

We are committed to ensuring that our clients are confident in the quality of our service. We utilise industry-leading NICEIC electronic certificate software to produce highly detailed EICRs (Electrical Installation Condition Reports) which give a comprehensive overview of the electrical installation. All EICRs are reviewed by a Registered Qualified Supervisor and include information on the details of the installation and its condition, any observations and recommendations, and a full breakdown of every circuit in the installation and their individual test results. To see an example EICR Certificate, click here.

We can work out of hours to minimise disruption to your business.

As we remain impartial on testing, we can obtain competitive quotations for you for any necessary remedial work from reputable local businesses who meet our stringent requirements on accreditations and insurances.
200 Free PAT Tests with a Periodic

Selectatest have a variety of Periodic testing schemes, tailored to the needs of various sectors.

Please click the images below for more information.

  Periodic Testing for Schools

  Periodic Testing for Commercial Premises

  Residential Periodic Testing