Electrical Testing FAQs

The FAQ section is designed to help you with your Electrical Testing questions; however please feel free to call us, if you would like more detailed information.

Why do I need to carryout Electrical Testing?

As part of English law, you are required to comply with the Health & Safety at Work Act. This covers the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations under BS 7671, which is based on the 17th Edition of the Electrical Wiring Regulations (IEE Wiring Regulations).

What are the two main Electrical Tests for a premises, as an employer or property owner?

Periodic Inspection Reports (PIR or EICR), commonly known as a 5 year Fixed Wiring Test and Portable Appliance Testing (PAT) for portable appliances with plug tops.

What sort of organisation or business needs PIR and Pat Tests?

All business premises, commercial landlords and HMO's.

What does the electrician do during his PIR visit?

This takes the form of a percentage check of the electrical installation. The test is carried out by a qualified electrical engineer, who will systematically test and record all the electrical outlets, circuits and control equipment within the property, before compiling his detailed report.

How long does the PIR visit last?

This depends on the size of the building but typically 2-3 hours.

What does the electrician do during his PAT visit?

We will carry out individual tests to all electrical appliances which are regarded as portable. The test is carried out by a qualified electrical engineer, who will systematically test and record all the portable electrical items i.e. fridge, kettle, etc. before compiling his report.

How long does the PAT visit last?

This depends on the number of devices, but typically 5 mins. per item.

Does the visit, disrupt my business?

The PAT test has very minimal local power interruption, however the PIR test can cause power interruption to circuits and lighting for short periods.

What do I get at the end of the Tests?

You will receive a full report in the form of a recognised DPM3 report (set NAPIT test sheet) for the PIR test with recommendations and observations. The PAT test will include individual pass or fail stickers to each device tested and an asset list on larger sites.

Do I need an Electrical Test every year?

Yes for PAT tests and every 5 years for PIR tests.

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