Electrical Periodic Inspection Report PIR
Electrical Testing & Inspection
What is Periodic Testing?
Periodic Testing is the testing of an electrical installation in a building from the main incoming power source through to the the final circuits and distribution points, that could include lighting, power sockets and machinery.
What is a periodic inspection?
Periodic Testing is the testing of an electrical installation in a building from the main incoming power all the way to the final circuits that could include lighting, power and machines.
A Periodic Inspection is an inspection on the condition of an existing electrical installation, to identify (in order of priority) any deficiencies against the national safety standard for electrical installations.
A periodic inspection will:
* Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment is overloaded.
* Find any potential electrical shock risks and fire hazards in your electrical installation.
* Identify any defective DIY electrical work.
* Highlight any lack of earthing or earth bonding.
Tests are also carried out on wiring and associated fixed electrical equipment to check that it is safe. A schedule of circuits will also be provided, which is invaluable for a property.
Why is a periodic inspection needed?
Every electrical installation deteriorates with use and age. It is important for the person responsible for the maintenance of the installation to be sure that the safety of users is not put at risk, and that the installation continues to be in a safe and serviceable condition.
According to Government statistics, each year on average 10 people die and about 750 are seriously injured in accidents involving unsafe electrical installations in the home.
When is a periodic inspection needed?
It is recommended that periodic inspection and testing is carried out at least every:
10 years for a domestic installation.
5 years for a commercial installation.
3 years for caravans.
1 year for swimming pools.
Other instances when a periodic inspection should be carried out are:
When a property is being prepared to be let.
Prior to selling a property or when buying a previously occupied property.
Who should undertake a periodic inspection?
To give the report credibility and for your piece of mind only fully qualified and competent electricians working for a company approved by the NICEIC, of which EDS is a fully approved. The NICEIC have assessed and approved EDS?s electrical work to ensure that it complies with the national standard for electrical safety.
What happens during a periodic inspection?
Our electrician will check the electrical installation against the requirements of BS:7671 - Requirements for Electrical Installations ( IEE Wiring Regulations) - as amended, which is the national safety standard for electrical installations, and contains around 850 Regulations.
The period inspection will take into account all relevant circumstances including the following factors:
A. adequacy of earthing and bonding.
B. suitability of the switchgear and controlgear e.g. consumer unit e.g. an old fusebox with a wooden back, cast iron switches, a haphazard mixture of such equipment is likely to need replacing.
C. serviceability of equipment e.g. switches, socket-outlets and light fittings e.g. older round pin sockets, round light switches and braided flex hanging from ceiling roses to light fittings, black switches, sockets mounted in skirting boards may require replacing.
D. type of wiring system and its condition e.g. cables coated in black- rubber, black-rubber was phased out in the 1960s or cables coated in lead or fabric are even older and may need replacing (modern cables use pvc insulation).
E. provision of residual current devices for socket-outlets that may be used to plug in electrical equipment used outdoors.
F. presence of adequate identification and notices.
extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration
changes in use of the premises which have led to, or might lead to, deficiencies in the installation.
The Approved Contractor will provide a periodic inspection report (PIR) as part of the periodic inspection.
What is a periodic inspection report?
A period inspection report (PIR) is a formal method of recording the findings of the periodic inspection, on at least six pages. Click here to see an sample Periodic Inspection Report
The main purpose of a PIR is to report on the safety condition of an existing installation. Box E on page 1 should describe the overall condition as either 'satisfactory', in which case no immediate remedial work is required, or 'unsatisfactory' which means remedial work is required to make the installation safe to use.
Where a PIR describes the installation as 'unsatisfactory', the next thing to look at is Box F on page 2 `Observations and Recommendations for Actions to be Taken', this is where any departures from BS 7671 are recorded, and a code to indicate the urgency of the action needed is given.
Code 1 Requires urgent attention.
Code 2 Requires improvement.
Code 3 Requires further investigation.
Code 4 Does not comply with BS 7671.
Code 1 indicates a dangerous, or potentially dangerous, condition that requires urgent attention to make the installation safe. Once the necessary remedial work has been completed, an appropriate certificate should be issued to confirm that the remedial work has been carried out in accordance with BS 7671.
We will provide a summary of the inspection in the report, which will give a clear indication of the condition of the electrical installation, taking into account all relevant circumstances.
What happens after a periodic Inspection?
If the report recommends improvements to the installation, a price quotation will be generated for the remedial work.
Click here to see an sample Periodic Inspection Report