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Fixed Wire Testing - FAQ's

Please see below the frequently asked questions that we've recived over the years about Fixed Wire Testing.

Q. Why do I need to carry it out?

A. Fixed Wire Testing and reporting, and proper completion of any remedial work will help you comply with The Electricity at Work Regulations of 1989 that place a “duty of care” on employers and landlords to properly maintain electrical circuits and equipment. You are also required to meet electrical safety standards set by the Health and Safety at Work Act and the IEE Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment.

Q. Who is responsible?

A. Realistically, everybody has a duty to ensure the safety of others whilst at work. However, your nominated “Duty Holder” will have ultimate responsibility for electrical safety and welfare of staff.

Q. What does it involve?

A. Periodic Electrical Inspection & Testing requires a series of visual inspections and electronic tests to establish the safety and suitability of your electrical system. If performed correctly every electrical circuit will be de-energised whilst the Engineer tests all cables and protective devices.

Q. Do I have to turn off the electricity supply?

A. Much of the work will require the mains supply to be isolated. Careful planning will limit the disruption to your business. If preferred, work can be scheduled for non-working periods, such as nights, weekends or holidays.

Q. Who should do the work?

A. It is vital that this type of work is carried out by a qualified and suitably experienced test engineer, generally a fully qualified electrician. When selecting your contractor, you should ask to see evidence of their qualifications and experience in this type of work.

Would you like to know more about how Protest ES Ltd can help protect your business, staff, and visitors, thus keeping you safe and legally compliant with the latest regulations?

Please do not hesitate to contact us, by calling this number: 01604 696113 today. Or contact us via email:


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