Updated ‘in-service inspection and testing code of practice’

The 5th edition of the in-service inspection and testing code of practice was published in September replacing the 4th edition which had been in operation since 2012.

This edition covers electrical testing of all equipment, fixed, stationary and portable.

All duty holders need to include all electrical equipment in their risk assessments now (not just portable appliances).

The table (table 7.1) which was included to assist with assessing the risks has been removed and replaced with guidance.

The guidance on testing periods is based on how often equipment is used, who is using it and the environment it is used in.

Fixed appliances such as hand dryers and cookers should also come under the umbrella of in-service testing and inspection.

The duty holder should arrange for such appliances to be inspected and testing where appropriate.

These appliances in the past may have been missed as they were deemed to be neither part of a fixed wire inspection (EICR) or portable appliance test (PAT).

The duty holder may decide to get these appliances tested during a portable appliance test but should be aware that the appliance will need to be isolated at the consumer unit and ‘locked out’, in order to carry out a full test.

The person carrying out this testing should have the correct equipment to do safe isolation and have the experience and qualifications to do so.

They should be able to present the proof of qualifications upon request.

As this procedure is more technical and intrusive and time consuming than a normal test the duty holder should be aware of the details and costings beforehand.