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Electrical Installation Inspection & Testing

Electricity, though a regular part of day-to-day life, can be dangerous and fatal if not checked correctly by a qualified engineer. Electrical installation testing needs to be rigorous and regular to ensure the safety of your building and employees, contractors or visitors within it.

A test will include the physical inspection and testing of electrical wiring installations such as circuits, main panels, distribution boards, lighting and, air conditioning and socket outlets. Along with specialist testing of RCDs and Arc Fault Detection Devices which form a crucial part of the safe operation of any electrical installation.

Periodic electrical installation testing by a competent electrician is required under the Electricity at Work Regulations and supports compliance with Health & Safety regulations and policy requirements for commercial insurers.

What does an electrical inspection involve?

Periodic inspection and testing should be carried out only by a competent electrician registered with an industry body. SK Compliance / PAT Test UK is a member of the NICEIC, demonstrating our commitment to excellence within the electrical services sector.

A registered electrician will attend the worksite and inspect the electric condition against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations, BS 7671 – Requirements for Electrical Installations (IET Wiring Regulations).

An Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) will then be supplied, detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliances with safety standards that might give rise to danger.

If anything dangerous is found, the electrical installation’s overall condition will be declared ‘unsatisfactory’, meaning that corrective action is required without delay to remove the risks to those on the premises.

Please note that due to electrical circuits needing to be disconnected, it is best to plan for any disruption this might cause to your business day.

If the EICR is declared unsatisfactory, can SK Compliance help?

Yes. We will follow up on every unsatisfactory report with a quote to resolve any identified remedial options, leaving you with a ‘satisfactory’ report and the confidence that your electrical installation is safe and compliant.

How often is an electrical installation inspection by SK Compliance required?

Most electrical installations must be tested every five years, but some exceptions exist.

  • Every five years – Residential Accommodation (or on change of occupancy), Educational properties, Churches, Restaurants, hotels, pubs and village halls.
  • Every three years – Industrial premises, Caravans, Leisure Parks, Agricultural and Horticulture premises.
  • Annually – Swimming Pools, Caravan Parks, Marinas and Fish Farms, Laundrettes

Construction site installations should be inspected and tested every three months.

Thermographic Surveying

The use and usefulness of conducting Thermal Imaging Surveys (or Infrared Thermographic Surveys) is becoming more widely recognised. They are used to identify abnormal heating caused by high resistance or excessive current flow – and often enable corrective solutions to be applied before damage occurs.

Thermal Imaging is a quick and easy way to ensure that electrical installations are safe and compliance in between full test and inspections being carried out.

There can be many reasons why abnormal temperatures may be identified during a survey, but it allows problems to be identified at the earliest possible opportunity. Particularly useful in a situation where systems can not be shut down due to operational reasons, this process allows for the identification of faults and the opportunity to carefully plan further investigation or remedial works.

Whatever your business needs are, call our expert team for further advice and guidance or to discuss future planning of your electrical compliance requirements.

How do I book or find out more information?

To find out more information or to get a no obligation quote, call our Compliance Team on 01427 420 404 or email

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