How your Fixed Wire Test impacts your Fire Risk Assessment

If your Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) is due for review are you aware that the person undertaking the Fire Risk Assessment will ask to see your Fixed Wire Test? The Fixed Wire Test highlights the condition of electrical wire installations in a building, and it’s essential for the Fire Risk Assessment that areas identified in the Fixed Wire Test as ‘danger present’ or as ‘potentially dangerous’ have been rectified. If your business hasn’t done a Fixed Wire Test you would still need to demonstrate how it’s complied with current legislation.

This article covers:

What is a Fixed Wire Installation Test?

A test of the electric wire installation within a building in accordance with BS 7671 IET Wiring Regulations.

It includes assessment of:

  • Whether electrical systems are constructed and maintained so as not a danger.
  • That work including operation, use and maintenance of an electrical system is undertaken safely.
  • Any safety provisions to protect workers on or near electrical equipment is suitable, used correctly and maintained.

When the Fixed Wire Test has been completed your electrician will give you an Electrical Installation Condition Report (EICR).

The Electrical Installation Condition Report

Following the Fixed Wire Installation Test the EICR will categorise each area assessed:

C1 – Danger present – Risk of injury, immediate remedial action required.

C2 – Potentially dangerous – Urgent remedial action required.

C3 – Improvement recommended. Not compliant with current IET Regulation but not deemed as dangerous.

FI – Further investigation required without delay.

What Happens After A Fixed Wire Installation Test

When your Fixed Wire Test has been completed the Electrical Installation Report should be reviewed.

Actions highlighted on the report as C1 dangerous and C2 potentially dangerous, require remedial work to prevent risk. For C3 actions, the work required would have to be completed if it’s reasonably practicable and cost effective. For FI further investigations is needed to fully assess the risk and any action required.

It’s essential that when required e.g. for a Fire Risk Assessment or for Facilities Management Compliance, your business can provide evidence that remedial actions from the Electrical Installation Condition Report have been completed. Your electrician will provide an Electrical Installation Certificate to keep with your EICR.

How Often Should An Electrical Installation Condition Test Be Done?

Fixed Wire Test of all circuits every 5 years is often sufficient, if there have been no major changes. For large sites with a number of circuits the Electrical Installation Condition Test could be done annually, with 20% of circuits being tested each year.
Helpful Tip: Check the percentage of circuits that will be tested when quotes are received. A significant difference in the cost may be down to testing of only 20% of the circuits.  

Is It The Law?

Legislation puts a requirement on businesses for maintaining a working environment. For the safety of workers the responsible person must ensure that the premises, facilities, equipment and devices are maintained in efficient working order and in good repair.

Carrying out a Fixed Wire Installation Test allows for any issues with the installation to be highlighted and resolved.

While an Electrical Installation Test, like a Portable Appliance Test (PAT), is not a legal requirement both help with complying with legislation and if not done your business would still need to demonstrate how it’s complied with legislation.

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If you need help with Fire Risk Assessment (FRA) or Electric Installation Fixed Wire Testing  contact  Sky Blue Safety Ltd on  01933 812234