Frequently Asked Questions


What is periodic testing?

Periodic testing is the testing of an electrical installation in a building from the main incoming power all the way to final circuits that could include lighting, power and machine appliances.

Why are periodic inspections needed?

Given that electrical installations deteriorate with use and age it is important to implement testing and inspecting to ensure the safety of its user is not put at risk.

How often should I have a periodic inspection?

This will depend on the type of installation. In general, it is recommended that a domestic installation is every 5 years, or on a change of occupancy. For a commercial installation, every 5 years. There are some exceptions to this, for example, some buildings open to the public have different frequencies of inspecting.

What is PAT Testing?

Portable appliance testing is a process by which electrical appliances are routinely checked to see whether they are safe for use. Portable appliance testing is an important part of an individuals or companies responsibility to health and safety.

Is PAT Testing a legal requirement?

No, however it is a legal requirement for all employers' to make sure that all electrical equipment is SAFE. The Electricity at Work Regulations 1989, state that 'As may be necessary to prevent danger, all systems shall be maintained so as to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable such danger'. The best way of complying with this requirement is to inspect and test portable appliances on a regular basis.

What types of appliances need testing?

Other than the fixed installation, all electrical equipment in an installation, whether permanently connected or connected by a plug and socket-outlet, should be inspected and tested. In other words, portable appliances items such as kettles, toasters, IT equipment, washing machines, tools, hairdryers etc. Also, fixed appliances such as a hand dryer secured in a specific location will need to be tested as these are not covered within a fixed wiring installation test. Other examples may include electric showers, water heaters, fans, etc.

How much will my testing cost?

We quote prices based on your individual circumstances, the type of electrical installation and the amount of items you require PAT testing. Please contact us for a quotation.

Does electrical testing affect our insurance cover?

Insurance companies assume that when giving insurance cover, the owners of that insurance policy are complying with all regulations necessary. An insurance company may reduce, delay or even refuse to pay on a claim for damage if an appliance that has not been tested has caused the damage.