For the maintenance and safety of your electrical systems, it is crucial to consider electrical panel safety have it periodically inspected as installations and wiring can deteriorate with age and use. In this post we’ll outline the legal requirements for electical panel safety, the testing needed and recommendations.
Legal Requirements for Electrical Panel Safety
Similar to PAT Testing, which is required annually (or sometimes bi-annually depending on the space), Periodic Inspection Reports (PIR) are also required by law at intervals of 1-5 years depending on the business, age and quality of the installations, frequency of use and the environment, among other factors. All PIR inspections are done by Registered Electrical Contractors to ensure that all testing has been done in compliance with the National Rules for Electrical Installations.
PIR Tests and Reporting
PIR tests and their subsequent reports are crucial for maintaining a businesses or residences electrical installations, as they provide a detailed list of all damages, hazards or defects. PIRs identify the overall condition of the electrical system (good and bad) and the electrician provides a thorough report based on a numbering system of 1-4 to indicate recommended maintenance and repairs. The system is as follows:
- requires urgent attention
- requires improvement
- requires some attention
- does not comply with National Rules. It is important to note that not all installations which ‘do not comply’ will be unsafe, as some need minor updates to bring them in line with current safety regulations.
Electrical Test Certificate for Electrical Panels
Once PIR testing is completed, a report and schedule is provided to clients which identifies the condition of the electrical system and recommendations for future works and maintenance. These documents and electrical test certificates are essential for subsequently allowing registered electricians to issue a Completion Certificate to clients for their insurance and safety needs.
Electrical Panel Safety Specialists
Here at Pat.ie we are specialists in electrical panel safety and have completed countless PIRs throughout the country for businesses and residences of all types. If you want to check your electrical panel safety then give us a call now on 01-9602636 or contact us online.
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