Who is responsible for electrical inspection and testing?

The duty holder of the premises is responsible for the electrical safety of that installation.

Who is the duty holder?

The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 (EaWR 1989) regulation 3 imposes a duty on employers, employees and the self employed.  The persons mainly responsibility for electrical safety are employers and managers.  These people are charged with providing a safe place of work for employees, regardless of cost.

Which regulations must I comply with?

The Electricity at Work Regulation 4 states that an installation must be designed, installed, operated and maintained in a safe manner at all times, and evidence of this must be apparent.

To do this there are an absolute set of regulations which must be complied with – regardless of cost:

  • Regulation 5, strength and capability of electrical equipment – No electrical equipment shall be put into use where its strength and capability may be exceeded in such a way as may give rise to danger.
  • Regulation 8, earthing – Precautions shall be taken, to prevent danger arising when any conductor (other than a circuit conductor) becomes live as a result of either the use of a system, or a fault in a system.
  • Regulation 9, integrity of referenced conductors – If a circuit conductor is connected to earth or to any other reference point, nothing which might rise to danger by breaking the electrical continuity or introducing high impedance shall be placed in that conductor.
  • Regulation 10, connections – every joint and connection in a system shall be mechanically and electrically suitable for use.
  • Regulation 11 , overcurrent – Efficient means, suitably located, shall be provided for protecting from excess of current.
  • Regulation 12, isolation – suitable isolation must be provided, where necessary, to protect from danger.

How do I comply with these regulations?

You must PROVE that you have taken all reasonable steps and exercised all due diligence to avoid the commission of that offence.

Highline Electrical can help with this.  Our engineers are fully trained and competent to provide you with all the documentation you require for complying with these regulations:

  • Inspection and testing – We can provide a 100% test of your installation, highlighting deviations and defects.
  • Remedial actions – From these tests we can suggest the remedial actions required to gain compliance with BS7671.
  • Accurate site records – We can undertake a survey of your site and provide you with accurate electrical schematics of your switchgear and distribution.
  • Immediate access to reports and records – It is important to keep accurate documentation of a site throughout its life.  Your test files are always available in our client area, anywhere in the world.