How Often Should Fixed Wire Testing be Carried Out?

Wire testing is a detailed process that needs a professional electrician to provide maintenance to make sure that all wires are working correctly and reduce any potential hazards that may occur.

Furthermore, wire testing is also known as EICR which stands for Electrical Installation Condition Report.  This procedure checks your electrical installations and circuits ensuring that you up to date with the latest wiring regulations accompanied with compliance to the workplace safety legislation.  


Electrical Wiring – 5 years

Majority of standard workplace environments will need an electrical installation condition report every 5 years, but there should be a routine inspection every year to ensure workplace safety measures and requirements are met.

 Places that need electrical wiring every 5 years

  • Commercial places
  • Educational institutions
  • Restaurants and Hotels
  • Church, Leisure centres and public houses
  • Student accommodations
  • Places of care such as care homes and hospitals



Wire Testing – 1 to 3 years

Workplaces that are open to the public and exposed to moisture, dust and high temperatures will require frequent checking because of the specific conditions. Workplaces will need testing every 1-3 years ensuring electrical safety and requirements, more frequent inspections will need to be required.

 If electrical wiring isn’t initiated then potential hazards may occur causing fires and possibly electric shocks. This may damage the business reputations especially if it depends on the electrical function of the building.


Places that would need constant checks

  • Leisure Centres and Hotels
  • Caravans
  • Cinemas
  • Industrial units
  • Medical Locations
  • Swimming Pools and Saunas


Business with Different Testing Intervals

It is important to inspect each element at the appropriate frequency. To optimise productivity and reduce disruption to your company. Our experienced team will work with you to initiate an inspection and testing schedule to take into account these different testing intervals.

Buildings may have elements containing distinct testing intervals, places such as swimming pools, manufacturing plants and hotels will require a professional electrician.


Is Fixed Electrical Wiring a Legal Requirement? 

The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 puts a duty of care on all employers ensuring the health and safety of a property, and wellbeing at work of all staff. An integral part of the requirement is fixed wire inspections.

The 1989 Electricity at Work Regulations, covers electrical safety testing, puts the employer under the responsibility of ensuring the health and safety of workers and visitors to the workplace. The HSE, which stands for Health & Safety Executive, legally conducts this procedure. Hiring a company like MT Electrical to complete a fixed wire inspection in their building would need an employer to demonstrate compliance with the regulations to ensure safety within the building and guidelines are being followed.


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