All electrical installations or equipment will deteriorate with age and use. A regime of simple user checks and periodic inspection and testing in compliance with BS 7671 should identify defects before they pose a serious hazard and will ensure that equipment remains safe to use.

This topic describes what to look for when carrying out inspections, how frequently tests should be carried out and who should do them.

In residential care settings, managers will be responsible for arranging suitable inspection and testing for all electrical installations and equipment used at work. In domiciliary care, periodic inspection and testing will apply to any offices run by the organisation. It will also apply to portable equipment carried by care staff on home visits. Managers will not be responsible for arranging inspection and testing in service user’s homes.

Detailed information about other aspects of the Electricity at Work Regulations 1989 is covered in the Electrical Safety topic.

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