Periodic Inspections / Condition Reports
Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and time. Therefore, if the safety of the users is not to be put at risk, it is important that every installation periodically inspected and tested by a competent person. Indeed, it is recommended in BS 7671: 2008 (Regulation 1365.1) that every electrical installation is subjected to periodic inspection and testing.
The inspecting and testing should be carried out at appropriate intervals in order to determine what, if anything needs to be done to maintain the installation in a safe and serviceable condition.
The results of the inspection and testing need to be clearly detailed in a report. Appropriate recommendations should be made for any damage, deterioration and defects observed that may give rise to danger to be remedied, such that the installation may continue to be used safely.
A periodic inspection report is, as its title indicated, a report and not a certificate. It related to an assessment of the in-service condition of an electrical installation against the requirements of the issue of BS 7671 current at the time of the inspection, irrespective of the age of the installation.
the report is primarily for the benefit of the person ordering the work, and of persons subsequently involved in additional or remedial work, or further inspections. The report may be required for one or many of a variety of reasons, each of which may impose particular requirements or limitation on the inspection and testing.
The report is required to include details of the extent of the installation and of any limitation of the inspection and testing, including the reasons for any such limitations. It should be noted that the greater the limitations applying, the lesser is the scope of the inspection and testing carried out, and hence the value of the report is correspondingly diminished. The report is also required to include a record of the inspection and the results of the testing.
The report provides a formal declaration that, with the agreed and stated limitations, the details recorded, including the observations and recommendations, and the completed schedules of inspection and test results, give an accurate assessment of the condition of the electrical installation at the time it was inspected.
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