Periodic Inspection & Test Explained

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What is a ‘Periodic Inspection’?

All electrical installations deteriorate with age and use. They should therefore be inspected and tested at regular intervals to check whether they are in a satisfactory condition for continued use. Such safety checks are commonly referred to as ‘periodic inspection and testing’.  Once completed you will be issued with an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).

A periodic inspection will:

  • Reveal if any of your electrical circuits or equipment are overloaded
  • Find any potential electric shock risks and fire hazards
  • Identify any defective electrical work
  • Highlight any lack of earthing or bonding

Tests are also carried out on wiring and fixed electrical equipment to check that they are safe. A schedule of circuits is also provided which is invaluable for a property (particularly if you are looking to sell the vehicle/caravan).

How often is a periodic inspection required?

Your leisure vehicle’s electrical installation should be inspected and tested every 1 to 3 years (depending on the amount of use).

You should also consider having the electrical installation inspected and tested before selling a leisure vehicle or when you have purchased a previously-owned vehicle which has not been inspected and tested in the previous 1 to 3 years (again, depending on its amount of use).

Who should carry out the periodic inspection and what happens?

Periodic inspection and testing should be carried out only by electrically competent persons, such as registered electricians. They will check the condition of the electrical installation against the UK standard for the safety of electrical installations (BS 7671:2018 Requirements for Electrical Installations, known as the ‘IET Wiring Regulations’).

The inspection considers all the relevant circumstances and checks on:

  • The adequacy of earthing and bonding
  • The serviceability of switches, sockets and lighting fittings
  • The type of wiring system and its condition
  • Making sure that sockets are protected by a suitable residual current device (RCD)
  • The presence of adequate identification and notices
  • The extent of any wear and tear, damage or other deterioration
  • Any changes in the use of the premises that have led to, or may lead to, unsafe conditions

The competent person will then issue an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR) detailing any observed damage, deterioration, defects, dangerous conditions and any non-compliance with the present-day safety standards that might give rise to danger.

If anything dangerous or potentially dangerous is found, the overall condition of the electrical installation will be declared to be ‘unsatisfactory’ meaning that remedial action is required without delay to remove the risks to those in the leisure vehicle.

KCE Ltd employs competent and experienced engineers to carry out any remedial work identified as necessary during a periodic inspection.