Atterbury firm warns of testing times as electrical rules change

Fixed wire testing
Fixed wire testing

CHANGES in regulations about testing electrical installations should not be ignored by businesses, a Milton Keynes company says.

XPS, in Regus House, Fairbourne Drive, Atterbury, says new guidelines from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers state installations should not be left without attention for periods of five years between formal inspections.

The facilities management firm says neglecting faulty electrical systems can result in injuries to employees and loss of income. Out of date fixed wire testing can also invalidate insurance claims and result in fines or a custodial sentence.

The company encourages its clients to carry out 20 per cent of electrical testing each year, as opposed to testing once every five years. This spreads the total cost over a five year period, rather than one lump sum.

XPS MD Emma Bowman Smith said: “According to the Health and Safety Executive, around 1,000 accidents involving electrical safety are reported each year but, by regularly testing electrical installations, these accidents can be avoided.”