Our In-Service Inspection and Testing services for portable appliances are:
1. FORMAL VISUAL INSPECTION
This inspection is always completed before any electrical tests can be carried out. The appliance must pass this test before any further testing is authorized.
Formal visual inspection includes the following checks:
- suitability of the environment and housekeeping;
- condition of the appliance & case;
- flexible cable;
- socket outlet used by the appliance;
- the plug, fuse and cord grip.
2. COMBINED INSPECTION AND TESTING
Preliminary Visual as Formal Visual Inspection above, plus the following In-service Electrical Tests:
- metalwork continuity tests (to determine earthed and non-earthed metal components);
- earth continuity tests;
- insulation resistance tests (this may be substituted by touch current measurement where insulation resistance testing is not appropriate);
- load/functional checks (this checks basic functions of appliances only, and can determine whether safety faults are present if load readings are higher than specification).
3. DAMAGED/FAULTY EQUIPMENT
If the appliance is damaged or faulty on inspection or test it is labelled and reported as failed. Minor repairs, such as replacing plugs, cords, fuses etc. will be carried out with authorisation from a responsible person.
4. LABELLING AND REPORTING
All tested appliances will be labelled with appliance numbers, "passed" or "failed" labels at the time of the inspection. Appliances which have passed will be marked with "next due date" as suggested in the IEE Code of Practice.
A full comprehensive report is provided on invoicing.
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